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Wood-Fired Oven Pizza With Grilled Vegetables

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Our 'Now you're Cooking' segment comes to us from the NW Natural Street of Dreams. This once a year celebration is a great place to see the latest and greatest in homes and new construction. Now, you may be wondering how NW Natural can be involved in a 'wood-fired' pizza. This oven has a small gas fired starter so you can get your oven up and running faster and that means a more consistent cooking temperature. Chef Andy Arndt from Aquariva shows us how to make a delicious pizza and grilled vegetables.
Ingredients
  Shallots 3 Medium, sliced
  Prosciutto 1⁄2 Pound, sliced
  Speck 1⁄2 Pound, sliced
  Marinara 4 Tablespoon (roasted tomato sauce or pizza sauce)
  Pizza dough 6 Ounce, divided (into 3 ounce balls)
  Bechamel 4 Tablespoon (white sauce)
  Mozzarella cheese 4 Ounce, sliced (buffalo mozzarella)
  Cheddar cheese 4 Tablespoon, shredded
  Zucchini 1 Large, sliced thinly
  Squash 1 Large, sliced
  Ripe firm tomatoes 2 Large, cut into thick slices (roma or beefsteak)
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Sea salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cracked black pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Basil leaves 6 Large (for garnish) (Optional)
  Blue cheese 1 Tablespoon, crumbled (for garnish) (Optional)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Heat a gas grill to high and make sure the grill grates are clean and free of debris. Also fire up the wood fired oven.
MAKING
2. Drizzle olive oil over the vegetables and sprinkle with salt and red pepper.
3. Oil the grill grates and decrease the heat to medium. Put the prepared veggies on the grill.
4. Lightly flour the counter-top and flatten each of the dough balls (3 ounce each). Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a 16-inch round, rotating and stretching the dough as you go. Make a thin crust as it cooks perfectly in a wood oven or on a grill. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured pizza peel and stretch to re-shape if necessary.
5. Top one with tomato sauce and scatter prosciutto slices and mozzarella, and another base with the white sauce, shallots and cheddar.
6. Cook the pizzas until the bottom of crust is golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 5-7 minutes.
7. Remove the pizza to a cooling rack and let rest for 3 minutes before garnishing and slicing.

SERVING
8. Garnish the pizzas with basil and cheese and serve with the grilled veggies on the side.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Feel: 
Crispy
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Pizza
Interest: 
Gourmet
Restriction: 
High Fiber, High Protein
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Servings: 
6
In this pizza recipe video Chef Andy Arndt from Aquariva shows you how to make your own wood fired, authentic Italian pizza from scratch that's healthy and delicious and brings a little taste of Italy into your home. The wood fired oven does give crisp wood flavored pizzas but you can make these on a barbecue grill or in an oven too.

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