I’m not sure there’s a more perfect food than pizza.
You can literally do anything with pizza. Top it with fruit. Top it with cheese! With veggies! With meat! You can make a salad on top of a pizza, you can make an incredibly unhealthy pizza, you can even make a dessert pizza.
True story – one time I heated up leftover pizza until it was gooey and soft, sliced it into tiny pieces, and put each piece atop a tortilla chip. Pizza nachos. It happened. I’m not ashamed.
Another beautiful aspect of pizza? It’s a relatively easy dinner.
Say you’ve just walked in the door at 8 p.m. and you’re tiiiired. You’ve spent the day walking all over down, traipsing through D.C., shopping and people-watching and sipping cold drinks. And then you played a softball game with some friends, got good and dirty, even made it onto base once, but it took an hour to get home from that and now it’s Sunday night, nothing is ready for dinner and you’re hungry to boot.
You can make your own dough or you can use store-bought (I’m hopelessly addicted to the multigrain dough you can buy at Harris Teeter.)
Here’s a tip: while the oven preheats, put a cookie sheet inside of it. Meanwhile, roll the dough out into a piece of floured parchment paper. Make the pizza on top of the parchment paper. And then slip that paper onto the cookie sheet (use oven mitts!) and that way, when it’s done cooking, you can slide that parchment paper – with the pizza on top – right off! It cools much faster, meaning you can eat much faster. Excellent.
Last night, I made this peach prosciutto pizza. I’ve made it before. It didn’t make it to the blog for some inexplicable reason. So now, accept my apologies, and go make this fast, easy dinner for someone you want to impress.
Peach prosciutto pizza (or Triple P Pizza) (P Cubed Pizza) (I’ll Stop Now)
- Crush two garlic gloves into ¼ cup of olive oil. Stir, and let it infuse while you prepare the dough.
- Preheat the oven to 500 degrees, and place a large cookie sheet or pizza stone inside the oven while it preheats.
- Make, or defrost, your dough. Roll it into your preferred shape, onto a floured piece of parchment paper that’s roughly the same size as your cookie sheet.
- Spread the garlic olive oil over the dough
- Top with shredded mozzarella cheese
- Slice two peaches and three slices of prosciutto. Scatter evenly over the dough.
- Sprinkle dried basil over the top
- Bake for 8-10 minutes and enjoy!