Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mediterranean Inspired Pizza-featuring #LaRomanella

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I recently received a wonderful basket of La Romanella products from Smart and Final and was given a small challenge to create a new recipe using their products.  I was really excited I was going to get to create a new recipe using some of their products and share it with you guys.  I love being in the kitchen, and cooking is one of my favorite creative outlets.

I decided I was going to make a Mediterranean inspired pizza, using the marinated artichokes, some parmesan cheese, and the extra virgin olive oil.
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This Mediterranean Pizza is loaded with flavor. I created a whole wheat focaccia crust, and topped the pizza with plenty of cheese, grilled chicken, onions, sun-dried tomatoes, and of course the yummy marinated artichokes.
FOCACCIA BREAD CRUST
Ingredients:
  • 2-¾ cups Flour (I used white whole wheat flour)
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar (I used Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme
  • ½ teaspoons Basil
  • 1 pinch Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Water

Preparation Instructions

Combine flour, sugar, salt, yeast, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, basil, and pepper. Then add oil and water. Mix just until dough has come together. Lay the dough out on a smooth lightly floured surface and knead until it is smooth and and looks elastic. (I usually only need it a few times)
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Then get a large bowl and oil the sides and bottom of the bowl with olive oil. Place dough inside and lay a damp towel over the top of the bowl. Sit the bowl in a warm place and let dough rise for 20-25 minutes.
After the dough has risen, take it out of the bowl and punch it down. Then place it on a baking sheet or baking pan and flatten it out into a large rectangle. Brush olive oil on the top and sprinkle salt.
PIZZA TOPPINGS
Ingredients:
Chopped sun dried tomatoes
chopped red onion
chopped roasted garlic
artichokes (The La Romanella ones are perfect, they’re already marinated and have a great flavor.)
chopped or sliced grilled chicken
shredded mozzarella cheese
shredded or grated parmesan cheese

First sprinkle a light layer of mozzarella cheese on top of the pizza crust. Then layer the rest of your ingredients evenly over the top.
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Then add another layer of the mozzarella, and a layer of parmesan over all of the ingredients.
Pop it into the oven for 15 minutes if you’re making just the bread, or for about 16-18 minutes for the pizza.
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Seriously, it’s a pizza that you will want to devour. All those yummy flavors come together and make you want to grab another slice.

And as part of the #LaRomanella promotion, Smart & Final is giving one winner a trip to Sonoma's wine country!  To find out more about their giveaway, you can head over and “like” their Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/smartfinal  **(winner must live within a 20 mile radius of a Smart & Final)**

AND, because Smart and Final is just that cool, from October 5, 2011 through October 18, 2011, when customers purchase a Redwood Creek Wine they will get a FREE 16oz La Romanella pasta!
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Dis­clo­sure: This shop has been com­pen­sated as part of a social shop­per insights study for Col­lec­tive Bias. #cBias #LaRo­manella. The opinions and recipe shared in this post are completely my own.

1 comments:

Amy @ Dealusional said...

I'm going to have to try this for my daughter - she loves pizza without sauce!