On Friday, I got the big guns out, after my daughter who recently had knee surgery refused to eat anything but, donuts and candy. My chicken noodle soup could not compete, so I had to get creative.
I made her favorite soup (recipe to follow), which she enjoyed for two seconds, and then went back to the pounds of candy delivered by friends. Being desperate to get her to eat something more nutritious I made her favorite pizza.
Making pizza is fast and easy, but you do have to stay close to the kitchen, and keep an eye on it as it cooks. I had enough dough for two, so while they were baking I made her a white lasagna (recipe to follow).
Note: The oven must be well preheated and very hot.
Pizza dough (Whole Foods)
3 tablespoons tomato sauce (any kind)
1/2 oz. extra-virgin olive oil
2-4 ounces fresh mozzarella (small balls)
4 to 5 basil leaves
- Let dough rest for half an hour in a warm place. In the meantime, preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Rollout dough with extra flour on stone. Place a pizza stone (or cookie sheet, but grease with olive oil) to warm in the oven.
- Roll dough with a rolling pin into a circle. Spread the sauce using the back of a spoon evenly across the surface, stopping approximately 1/2 inch from the edges.
- Cut each ball in half and place evenly and gently on the sauce.
- Place onto the heated stone or tiles in the oven. Bake until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbling, approximately 4 to 8 minutes.
- Add fresh basil.
Make as many as you have time for, as these disappear magically. They can also be eaten cold, or reheated with excellent results.