There’s really nothing better than fresh mozzarella on pizza. It compliments just about any ingredient, but it works especially well with artichokes and salty black olives. The canned artichokes we use here are an easy, juicy addition to make this Artichoke, Arugula & Olive Pizza extra delicious. We suggest topping the pizza with arugula after baking, to give it a refreshing raw crunch, but if you are on chemo, it tastes just as good without.
1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Put 2 baking trays into the oven, or pizza stone if you have one. Prepare the tomato sauce as outlined here.
2. Sprinkle panko or cornmeal onto a large sheet of parchment paper. Roll out the dough onto the parchment paper; press out dough into a 12 by 8-inch rectangle or to fit your pizza stone, split into two balls, if necessary.
3. Spread the Quick Tomato Sauce evenly onto the dough. Top the dough with artichokes, olives, and capers. Evenly top with cheese.
4. Using the parchment paper, slip the pizza onto the heated baking trays or pizza stone. Bake in the oven on the lowest rack for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbling.
5. Meanwhile, in a bowl toss together arugula, olive oil, salt and pepper. Set aside.
6. Using the parchment paper, slip the pizza onto a cutting board. Top with arugula and cut into slices. Serve.
Ann's Tips and Tricks
Pre-rolled and par-baked crusts from your local market make for a quick pizza fix when you are in a hurry, or you can buy raw pizza dough from your favorite pizzeria or bakery to roll out yourself. Just ask them for it!
Pizza toppings are good on many things, from pita breads to bagels! My friend John used to make delicious ‘pizza’ using Middle Eastern lavash flat bread that he found in the supermarket up the street from his New York City apartment. What I am trying to say is that you don’t need a pizza crust to make great pizza. Be bold and experiment – it will still be delicious!
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