I've been known to spend lazy Saturdays geeking out on Food Network. There are a few chefs who are my favorite, and one of those is Claire Robinson on 5 Ingredient Fix. Her food is simple, easy, and by virtue of its few ingredients, usually much cheaper than her other Food Network colleagues. One of my favorite recipes of hers is her Easy White Pizza recipe. This recipe is about as easy as it gets. Dare I say it, stupid easy. And the simplicity of the recipe allows for a lot of flexibility in toppings. I had a crazy day at work today and all I wanted when I got home was pizza.
I had some leftover smoked Gouda in my fridge from when I made Portabello Mushroom Burgers last week and I'm a big fan of smoked Gouda. It's a fairly expensive ingredient, so mixing it with other cheaper cheese is a great way to stretch it. Ricotta and mozzarella cheese are almost always on sale, and you do not use all of it in one pizza, so you can afford to make a couple of differently topped pizzas for the different flavor preferences in your household.
I'm pretty terrible at stretching out pizza dough. I used to leave that task to my dad. He's like the pizza dough whisperer. I was trying to channel my dad while stretching out the dough but my pizzas always come out in abstract shapes, usually amoeba-like.
Next week I will be in Chicago for work so I will regale you with stories of hot dogs and deep dish pizza. You have that to look forward to. Have a great week!