Try this pizza bread, stuffed with seasonal broccoli pesto. Serve alongside your grilled steak. Using our classic refrigerated...
If you like your pizza crust with an extra crunch, you can pre-bake it without toppings (or only tomato sauce) for about 5 minutes in the preheated oven.
If you plan on topping your pizza with a lot of fatty meats or juicy vegetables, brushing on a thin layer of olive oil base can help with containing the moisture during baking.
Raw or fatty meats aren’t going to get fully cooked from a few minutes atop a pizza in the oven. Always pre-cook and drain vegetables that release water while cooking, such as mushrooms.
Exceptions: thin cut pepperoni and prosciutto and some thinly sliced vegetables are fine to top raw.
Use the dough right out of the refrigerator and don’t let it sit on the countertop for too long.
Unroll and keep dough on parchment paper while baking. Paper is oven safe up to 500°F and paper will brown during baking. Cut off or tuck excess paper under the dough, so it isn’t hanging over the baking sheet.
Cutting the dough: If you need to cut the dough, place it on a cutting board to avoid scratching your baking sheet or countertop. If cutting the dough on the baking sheet, ideally use a pizza cutter.
To unroll the dough, remove dough from package and gently separate the dough and parchment paper from the roll, so that the dough on paper begins to lay flat. Be careful not to separate the dough from the parchment paper. There may be some sticking, but the dough and paper should easily pull away from the roll.
Once the dough is lying flat on the baking tray, cut off or tuck any excess paper under, so it does not hang over the edge.
The fastest way to a crispy and chewy crust is cooking the dough directly on a heated surface. Make sure the oven is fully preheated and already hot. A pizza stone or even a simple sheet pan needs ample time to pre-heat. Pizza and Flatbread can also be cooked on a non-heated sheet pan, but always in a pre-heated oven.
You can brush the dough edges with olive oil. Do it right before it goes in the oven and/or right after it comes out. You'll get great color, crunch and flavor.
1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
2. Blanche brocolli or steam for 5 minutes and rinse in cold water to keep color and stop the cooking process.
3. In a food processor, process broccoli, garlic, basil, salt, pepper, cheese and almonds, slowly adding in the olive oil until well blended, but coarse.
4. Unroll refrigerated Classic Pizza Dough on enclosed parchment paper and place on a baking sheet. Spread pesto over the center of the dough leaving 2 inches on each of the long sides and 1 inch on each of the short ends.
5. On long sides, make approx. 7 cuts on each side. Fold in the short ends of the dough and alternately braid the cut dough inward, like a strudel. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
6. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the dough is cooked and golden brown. Let rest for 10 minutes before cutting. Serve with a salad or grilled meat.