Some things never change. 😉
I must admit though that I do actually like to change up what goes on my pizza. And I'm excited to share this combination with you—it's got a creamy white sauce filled with ground up broccoli and then more broccoli on top. Get it? Double broccoli. And although I probably wouldn't call this "healthy", it certainly packs a big dose of vegetables, along with the cheese and cream sauce. :)
For the dough:
1 cup warm water
pinch of sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
2-3 teaspoons of cornmeal for dusting the pan
For the sauce + toppings:
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cream
3 cloves of garlic
8 oz. broccoli, divided (stalks removed)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
In a glass measuring cup, stir a pinch of sugar into the warm water. Then sprinkle the yeast on top of the water. Let that sit for about 5 minutes. In another bowl combine the flour, salt, and oil. Pour the yeast water in with the dry ingredients and stir until a soft dough ball forms. Feel free to use plenty of flour on your work surface and hands as you work with it so it doesn't stick to everything. Knead a few times, just to make sure the dough is well combined, and then place in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel. Place somewhere warm and allow to rise for 45 minutes to an hour until it's nearly doubled in size.
Towards the very end of your rise time, you can go ahead and make your sauce. In a food processor chop half of the broccoli with the garlic until very fine. In a small pot melt the butter over low/medium heat. Add the flour and whisk so a paste forms. Add 1/4 cup of the cream and whisk so the mixture is well combined. Remove from the heat and stir in the broccoli mix and remaining cream. The mixture should be thick and spreadable at this point, but if it seems too thin to you, simply put it back on the heat for a few seconds or so to help it thicken up.
Roll out your dough on a well-floured surface. Sprinkle cornmeal on your baking stone or lightly oiled pan. Bake the dough for about 5 minutes at 400°F. Then add your sauce, mozzarella and remaining broccoli. Bake for an additional 8-10 minutes until the edges of the crust begin to brown and the cheese becomes bubbly. Top with the red pepper flakes.
Slice it up and enjoy! And if you love pizza as much as me, check out our pizza archives because we've got some good ones in there. Happy dinner making! xo. Emma
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.