I am amazed at the versatility of store-bought pizza dough. It is turning me into a pizza-making fanatic, or at least it soon will be. I just made two thin-crust 8" pizzas with one bag of plain pizza dough I got at Trader Joe's.
Using the whole bag for just one pizza, as they recommend, isn't such a great idea for a personal pizza person like myself, and I had a few ingredients to use up anyway.
- about 1/3 c cilantro pesto (made from fresh cilantro, cashews, lemon juice and garlic)
- 1/3 to 1/2 tomato, thinly sliced
- slices of mozzarella and ricotta cheese, to cover as desired (showing here - the ricotta was a $2.60 wedge of roasted ricotta I picked up today at the Wine Source)
- 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1/3 c vindaloo sauce
- 1 shallot, thinly sliced
- the rest of the aforementioned tomato, thinly sliced
- slices of goat cheese and ricotta cheese, to cover as desired (showing here - I used Drunken Goat Cheese I bought a few weeks ago at Whole Foods). Here the somewhat dry-textured roasted ricotta is almost paneer-like. In fact this ricotta was, I thought, a good substitute for paneer, which I would have used otherwise.
My God, had I known it was this easy to make a pizza - and thereby not waste cheese - I would've been doing this a whole lot more. And I thought I was part Italian, napoletano no less. **Sigh**