Pizza! Yet another food that I have missed while trying to preserve my pancreas from further injury. A low fat diet has no room for pizza in it, but yet my taste buds & my heart still want to welcome in it’s cheesy goodness.
I have seen recipes for whole wheat pizza crust before & was weary to try it. I was told that it was dry & hard when made with the whole wheat flour even when cut with all purpose. I was weary, but still I couldn’t shake my craving for a slice of pie. I used to frequent a pizza parlor in my younger days that served barbecue chicken & tortellini pizza. It was my favorite. That would be the first pizza I tried with my healthier crust recipe.
What you will need…
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 1/2 cup of water (it must be warmed to 110 degrees to activate yeast)
1 tbsp active dry yeast
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 cup of all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 cup of cooked tortellini
1 cup of bbq sauce
1 1/4 cup of low fat mozzerella
salt & pepper to taste
In a large mixing bowl, add warmed water & sugar. When sugar is dissolved, add yeast & let sit for 10 minutes or until foamy.
Add olive oil, salt & honey and stir in the flours. Mix until it forms dough. If too soft add more flour. If too hard add a little extra water.
Transfer dough to a floured surface & continue to knead until dough is smooth & all flour is blended
Transfer dough to an oiled bowl & place in a warm place with a towel over it, to sit for about an hour. The dough should double in size.
When dough is done rising ,take out of the bowl & form it into a ball. Place it on a floured surface & let sit an additional 45 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 425
Roll out the ball with a rolling pin & the drape over your fists. Circle your fists under the dough stretching the dough outward. Rotate the dough as you stretch. When you have formed your dough to the appropriate sized, place on a greased pizza pan.
Bake for about 5 minutes then remove from the oven.
While baking the crust add the cooked chicken to 1/4 cup of bbq sauce & mix.
Take the crust out after 5 minutes and add bbq sauce like you would pizza sauce. Use as much or as little as you like to your taste. Add 1 cup of cheese, chicken mixture & salt and pepper & tortellini & then sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from the oven, let cool & enjoy…
The verdict… I thought the pizza was delicious. The crust wasn’t dry or hard at all, quite the opposite actually. It was wonderfully flavorful & was a great compliment to the toppings. It think next time I will even try it using only the wheat flour.
And what did my favorite little taste tester think…
Well she liked the crust but the toppings did not make the cut.
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