Herbs and Sundried Tomato/Calamata Olive Foccacia Pizza with Three Peppers, Mushrooms, Onions, Basil, Arugula, Olives, and Three Cheeses

Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor
If you enjoy the joys of freshly baked bread, herbs, olive oil and fresh vegetables this pizza is both satisfying and relatively easy to make. The recipe for the foccacia is varied from the standard by adding whole wheat flour as one third of the flour volume which increases nutritional value. One slice of this filling pizza, olive oil for crust dipping, a salad, a glass of wine and …..
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Equipment/ utensils required:
Chef’s knife, cutting board, sauté pan, pizza stone or baking sheet, mixer, mixing bowl, measuring cups and spoons
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup warm water
2 tsp. (1/4 oz.) rapid rise yeast
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. salt kosher
¼ cup olive oil
2 tbsp. herbs d’provence
2 tbsp. dried thyme
¼ cup sun dried tomatoes chopped
¼ cup calamata olives pitted and chopped
Corn meal
4 oz. fresh mozzarella
2 oz. cheddar shredded
½ cup Parmesan cheese grated
1 cup of fresh arugula chopped
1 cup fresh basil leaf (julienne)
2 cups sliced portabella or other mushrooms of choice
1 cup large cherry tomatoes or plum tomatoes sliced
1 red bell pepper sliced into strips
½ medium sweet onion sliced into strips
8 cloves poached garlic chopped
3 jalapeno peppers sliced
6 Thai hot chilies or other small hot chile (crushed red pepper may substitute)
2 tbsp. olive oil
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste

Pour the yeast into one cup of warm water and add the sugar. Let sit until the mixture begins to foam or “bloom”.
Dissolve the salt in a small amount of warm water.
Add all the dough ingredients to the mixing bowl and set mixer to lowest speed with dough hook and mix.
Continue to mix with the mixer until the entire set of ingredients are well combined and have formed a cohesive ball. You may need to remove the dough from the hook a few times during this process. If the dough is too wet add a little flour until the dough is firm but not wet looking.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead into a ball.
Place the ball into an oiled mixing bowl, being sure all surfaces of the dough ball are lightly coated with olive oil so as not to create a skin while resting and rising.
Let the dough rise in the bowl in a warm area, covered, until it doubles in size.
Once risen, turn out onto a pizza stone that is generously coated with corn meal an d using your finger tips press into a round or oblong shape a little thinner in the middle than the edges. Let this rest for about 15 minutes in a warm area while you preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Prepare the pie by adding first brushing or spraying the dough with a little olive oil, then the mushrooms, basil and arugula, onions, peppers, tomatoes, olives, and parmesan cheese . Bake for about 30 minutes.
At this point add the mozzarella and cheddar; return to the oven and finish until the crust is golden brown and the cheeses have melted.

Serves 8
Nutritional Information per slice (one serving):
Calories 428, Fat 17.2 gm, Cholesterol 15 mg, Sodium 1115 mg, Carbohydrates 53.2 gm, Protein 15.6 gm.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. kale says:

    I love all the Mediterranean ingredients on this pizza! The salt factor is SO good. Is there anything better than pizza?

    1. Hard to beat pizza, especially homemade. This recipe was created while watching a Friday night baseball game and sipping on some nice Italian red wine. We have found that combination generates very good creativity!

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