Not only is April National Garlic Month, but April 19 is National Garlic Day.
There are so many ways to cook with garlic, but I thought I’d cook up everyone’s favorite dish: pizza!
The hubby and I do not agree when it comes to pizza. He’s either a traditional pepperoni or just cheese and white sauce. Me, I like lots of toppings. Even our crust preferences are different. I like whole-wheat, he likes white.
The easiest – and cheapest – way for us to get the pizza we like is to make it ourselves.
I did cheat a bit and bought the refrigerated dough from Trader Joe’s. I did have to roll it out, though. Does that count?
The white sauce and ricotta stayed the same on both of ours, but he only added mozzarella slices and chopped basil. I added sliced artichoke hearts, shredded chicken and chopped basil to mine.
Next time I think I’d roll out the dough a bit thinner (my rolling skills are not great), which would also allow me to spread the ricotta and white sauce in a thinner layer. It was still tasty, but pretty rich!
We also ended up with tons of leftover pizza. But what’s better than cold pizza, really?
Recipe: Pizza with white garlic sauce
Adapted from seriouseats.com
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 2 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon dried or chopped fresh thyme
- Mozzarella, sliced
- Fresh basil, chopped
- Additional toppings
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. If you have a pizza stone, place in the oven to heat while you make the pizza.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and saute until translucent, about five minutes. Add the garlic cloves and saute for one minute more.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and add the cream. Heat for about one minute, or until cream is mostly absorbed. Set aside.
- In medium bowl, mix together ricotta, salt, thyme and pepper.
- Roll out your dough (use lots of flour!). Add layer of white sauce, followed by layer of ricotta mixture. Add any additional toppings, plus mozzarella slices and fresh basil.
- Transfer pizza to hot stone if using, or greased baking sheet.
- Bake for about 12 minutes, or until crust is cooked and toppings are golden brown.
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