A Slice of Life!
I love pizza! I have loved pizza for as long as I can remember. There is nothing better than making a pizza from scratch with fresh ingredients and great cheese. I decided to take my signature veggie pizza and take it to another level.
My Roasted Veggie Pizza with Pancetta Cracklings is delicious.
Those of you from the south have all heard of cracklings. Cracklings are fried or roasted pork skins that are extra crunchy. Since we’re going Italian today, I decided to use Pancetta, and give it an old fashion southern, crackling treatment!
I took organic cherry tomatoes, garlic, jalapenos and olives and coated them with olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted them in the oven.
I can not begin to explain the extraordinary flavor of these veggies. You can pop these babies in your mouth like skittles, are just spread them on a nice piece of crusty bread and make a side salad and that could be a quick dinner.
I always take the leftover veggies and put them into a beautiful jar and cover with extra olive oil and toss them with pasta during the week.
This is a quick beautiful pizza dough. Simple and easy to make.
My pizza sauce uses all dry ingredients (spices), and does not have to be cooked. I always make it a day in advance for the flavors to develop.
You could stop right here, never add pancetta and go straight veggie. You would not miss the meat I promise you.
When you take the pizza out the oven, sprinkle some of the leftover spicy olive oil from the roasted vegetables. I also sprinkle extra Parmesan cheese on top while the pizza is hot.
Allow the pizza to rest about 5 minutes before slicing.
Serve this elegant pizza with a nice bottle of wine, or your favorite soft drink.
It’s Pizza time, Let’s Eat!
Roasted Veggie Pizza with Pancetta Cracklings and Spicy Olive Oil
Pizza Dough: 2 large or 4 small pizzas
1 tbsp. yeast
1 tbsp. sugar
2 c. lukewarm water
2 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
6 c. bread flour
Pour water, sugar, yeast and salt into mixing bowl with dough hook. Allow to rest about 5 minutes. Add flour, mix well and knead for about 7 minutes.
Place dough in greased bowl and allow to rise for about 2 hours. Deflate dough and divide into 2 large or 4 small pieces. Roll out on lightly floured board.
Pizza Sauce: for 2 pizzas