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For me, cracking the fridge open at exactly noon means I need something in my tummy and QUICK. In pure desperation, I pull leftover dough, mustard greens and Parmesan cheese out of the fridge. Because of my passion for combining Italian and Southern influences, my mind automatically wheels in the direction of creating a pizza with Southern flair. So with pangs in my stomach, I swiftly roll out the dough and slather it with marinara. While the pizza is baking, I quickly, quickly, sauté mustard greens with red pepper flakes, garlic and a squeeze of lemon juice. Once the pizza is golden and crispy, I pile the greens onto the baked pie and shave Parmesan cheese on top, and the result is unexpected perfection. Buon appetito, ya’ll.
Serves 1 Hungry Soul:
For the Mustard Green Topping:
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 pinch of red pepper flakes
½ bunch of mustard greens, triple washed and dried
Juice of 1 lemon wedge
Salt and pepper to taste
Pull the leafy greens off the tough stalks of the mustard greens. Discard of the stalks and set greens aside.
In a sauté pan over medium heat, add the olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes. Once the garlic beings to shimmer and shake in the pan, add the greens and juice from lemon. Quickly toss all of the ingredients together and sauté for 2 minutes. Take the pan off the heat, season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.
For the Pizza:
1 portion of pizza dough (see recipe below)
2 tablespoons of favorite homemade or jarred marinara
Mustard green topping (see recipe above)
Parmesan cheese shavings, to taste
Preheat oven with pizza stone to 500 degrees
On a sheet of foil dusted with flour, place pizza dough in the middle and gently roll the pizza dough into a circle until thin (you can also pick up the dough and gently stretch the dough with your hands.) Spoon 2 tablespoons of marinara over the dough and spread close to the edges.
Place in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until golden and crispy. Transfer the pizza to a plate and scatter with prepared mustard greens and a healthy scattering of Parmesan cheese shavings. Enjoy!
Pizza Dough: Makes 8 Individual Pizzas
2 packages of Rapid Rise yeast
2 tablespoons of sugar
2 cups of warm water
4 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of salt
6 cups of bread flour
Combine yeast, sugar and water in a mixing bowl fitted with the dough hook. Let the yeast bubble and puff up for about 5 minutes. Add the salt and olive oil. Mix on low. Add 3 cups of flour and mix the flour into the dough. Add the other half of the flour and continue mixing on a low speed until the dough forms into a ball. Set the dough in a large bowl covered in olive oil. Place a kitchen towel over the bowl and let rise in a warm spot for an hour.
Once the dough has risen, punch the dough down and place on a cutting board. Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces. Wrap each piece in plastic wrap and place in a gallon sized freezer bag. Place in freezer until ready to use.