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Homemade Gourmet Pizza

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Mark makes a fantastic pizza! We use a little shortcut for our dough by buying frozen pre-made dough. It comes in loaf-shape ready to make bread, but it makes a great pizza dough as well.


Pre-made frozen dough, 1 1/2 loaves per pizza
Pizza sauce
Mozzarella and Fontina cheeses
Orange tomatoes, sliced
Roma tomatoes, sliced
Portabello mushroom, sliced
Marinated artichoke heart
Corn Meal
Optional: cooked pancetta for topping

Thaw bread dough completely, and separate dough into 1 1/2 loaves. Ball dough into 2 balls, flatten slightly and allow to rise according to package.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F, using a pizza stone on the top shelf.

Stretch dough into rounds on scattered corn meal, thinning the center a little more than the edges to create a slight crust. Spread pizza sauce thinly over the surface of the center of the dough, and top with combination of cheeses. Lay thinly sliced tomatoes on cheese, then top with mushrooms and artichoke hearts. Sprinkle with a little more cheese.

Sprinkle corn meal onto hot pizza stone, then transfer pizza using a wooden peel. Turn oven down to 400 degrees F and cook pizza for 12-16 minutes, depending on thickness of crust. Pizza is done when bottom is golden brown, center is no longer doughy, and crust is lightly browned and crispy.

Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before cutting into 6 to 8 wedges.

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