I love pizza from brick-oven to Papa Johns, it’s definitley one of my favorite carbs to eat. Second to pasta that is :). Last week we cooked wings for our football party and this week it’s pizza! Yes, what’s a party (especially a football party) without pizza. So here is my recipe for BPYL aka The Best Pizza of Your Life. When I had my low cal/low fat football favorites party, the pizaa was everyones favorite and now I’m sharing my recipe with you.
Heres Your Shopping List
Trader Joes Rustic Ciabatta Crust/Cherry Tomatoes/Tomato Paste/Basil/Olive Oil/Crushed Red Pepper/White Onion/Cooking Wine/Garlic/Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
Season your crust. There are two different types of crust I use to make this pizza the Trader Joes Rustic Ciabatta Crust (pictured below) or Stonefire Whole Grain Naan. I season the crust as if I were going to eat it alone. My main seasoning component is Wegman’s Basting Oil. Its olive oil mixed with rosemary, basil and garlic. Its amazing and over the past few years it has become a staple in my pantry. I use about 2 tablespoons. I also sprinkle on Goya’s Adobo & cracked black pepper.
Naan: is an oven baked flatbread. I usually buy Tandoori Naan which has roots in India.
Its time to make the sauce. Start by chopping your fresh basil and cherry tomatoes. I like to use cherry tomatoes or plum tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes are the sweetest of all tomatoes and they are seedless which is perfect for this sauce. Toss those in the blender and now add liquid. Two bottle turns of olive oil and 3 cloves of crushed garlic.
NOTE: Don’t swap olive oil for another kind you actually need it for the flavor and taste, not just lubrication.
Transfer sauce into small pot or sauce pan. Over low heat pour in raw sauce. Add thinly sliced onions (not red), cooking wine or dry white wine, and 2-3tbsp of tomato paste. Cover, simmer and allow to cook down about 10-15 minutes.
Note: Sauce will and should be “chunky” the blender will keep not act as a food processor or juicer but thats fine, its homemade baby! Its doesn’t have to be perfect.
Spread sauce over crust as evenly as possible. This is your pizza so put on as much or as little as you want. Now its time to pile on the cheese. I like to use fresh mozzarella and on this pizza I used plain and marinated mozz. Feel free to add as many veggie toppings as you want here. You can also add grilled chicken, and preferably turkey products (bacon, sausage, pepperoni) but, in the case of keeping things low calorie grilled chicken is best. Try to avoid sausage and pepperoni as they have a high sodium content.
Note: You don’t have to buy or use fresh mozzarella, you can use shredded in the bag. However, buy part skim, reduced fat cheese to help keep the pie low calorie. Also when using fresh mozzarella be sure to squeeze most of the liquid from slices/balls.
Follow the baking directions on the package for the crust, the ciabatta is cooked at 425 while I cook the Naan at 375. They absolutely cook differently so make sure to watch out for that. Let pizza cook and crust for 10-20 minutes and viola here you have the Best Pizza of Your Life.
Here is the pizza on Ciabatta
Heres The Pizza On Naan Crust
You can actually eat the whole Naan pie. One 1/2 of the crust is only 160 calories which is equal to 2 slices. So you can eat a “personal pan Naan” for under 500 calories (as long as you don’t over do it with cheese and meat toppings). Thats compared to 1/8 (1 slice) of the ciabatta crust which is 180 calories. Both are delicious and not horrible when it comes to calories or carb counting (if thats your thing). Naan also can help with portion control.
Well my loves thats it! I hope you and your love ones enjoy this recipe and add it to your pizza and wing night menu! Besides who wants to wait for delivery?!
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