5.24.2014

Whole Foods Pizza Dough Review + Recipe

     In general, we make a concerted effort to eat healthy- salads for lunches, green smoothies and eggs for breakfast, lean meats and low-carb dinners. But once a week, we can’t resist a few slices of pizza. Friday night is pizza night at our house, and probably will be until the end of time. Cause, why not? 
     Pizza is amazing. And it’s even more amazing when you make it yourself at home and tailor it to your taste buds and whims. Making homemade pizzas allows you to use up extra veggies in your fridge, and is significantly cheaper than ordering delivery. It can be way healthier too. 
     If you’ve never made homemade pizza before, I know it can seem a little daunting. But the goods news is, I’m not even suggesting you make your own dough! And that’s the hard part. Whole foods makes an excellent pizza dough that you can find in their frozen section and it’s only a few dollars. We stock up on these for our weekly pizza nights and lay them out in the fridge as needed. 



     If you’re gonna splurge and have pizza, I wouldn’t suggest getting the whole wheat version of this dough. I know, it’s healthier, and usually I love the way whole wheat products taste. But trust me on this one, you’re gonna want to stick with the regular dough for this. This dough is super easy to work with. You simply lay it out in the fridge the night before you want to use it, and then microwave for 25 seconds immediately before use. If you follow these instructions, you won’t have any issues shaping the dough, even if you’re new to the homemade pizza world. 
     And did I mention how incredible this dough tastes? I’m not usually a crust kind-of-girl, but for this dough, I make an exception. Next time you’re craving a cheesy slice, go to whole foods and pick up this dough and you’re favorite toppings. You won’t regret it.  



*Thaw pizza dough in fridge for 24 hours before use*

1. Preheat oven to 550 degrees F.
2. Remove thawed pizza dough from wrapper and microwave on high for 25 seconds.
3. Cover your clean work surface with corn meal (this will keep the dough from sticking to your counter).
4. Coat your hands with corn meal and begin working the dough until you’re happy with the size and shape.
5. Add a dash of oregano, basil, and marjoram to 3/4 cup of Pastorelli’s pizza sauce (you can find this at Target) and coat pizza with sauce, leaving the outer 1.5 inch clear.
6. Add 1 cup of cheese. We like to use the pizza cheese blend from Target, but any blend of Italian cheeses will work. You can add more or less, depending on your taste. 
7. Add your toppings! You can completely customize this each time. This time we chose turkey pepperoni, panchetta, peppers, mushrooms, and banana peppers. 
8. Finish it off with a ring of olive oil around the outer edge. 
9. Cook for 8-10 minutes. 
10. Try not to eat the whole thing. 




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