Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Yummy Pizza Recipe

I haven't shared a recipe in .... well, a long time. Here's something yummy Daughter 2 and I made this week. We don't have a name for it. But it's good!

The first step is to make your own Ricotta cheese. I know what you're thinking. Make ricotta cheese? I always buy it at the grocery store. But Daughter 2 learned to make it this semester in her Microbiology class. Who knew science could taste so good?

Ricotta Cheese:
1 quart whole milk (yes, it's worth the extra fat!)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons lemon juice

In a large pot, combine milk and salt. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice. Let sit for 3-5 minutes to curdle. This is one time curdling is the correct outcome!

Line a colander with cheese cloth. Place the colander over a bowl to drain. Pour curdled milk into the colander and let the liquid drain off. You've made ricotta cheese!

We used pizza dough from Publix (very yummy, in the bakery department), but you can use your favorite pizza crust. We sprayed the pan with Pam and sprinkled it with a bit of cornmeal before rolling out the dough. Precook the pizza crust in a 375 degree oven for 5-7 minutes.

Spread the crust with 1/2 of your homemade ricotta cheese. (We made 2 pizzas, and used ours all up!) Sprinkle the ricotta cheese liberally with garlic power.
Scatter fresh spinach leaves over the pizza.

Top with 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese.

Bake at 375 for approximately 10 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.

I promise you will love this pizza! And kids would love helping with the ricotta cheese process. But we need a name....
What would you call this pizza?

Mickey Update:
Just got off the phone with the vet. He is optimistic for a full recovery. Yay! Mickey has still not gone potty on his own, but maybe tomorrow? We want him home for Christmas!


Dora, the Quilter said...

Thanks so much for this. I purchased some ricotta today, but wouldn't have had to if I'd seen your blog post first. Homemade is almost always better!

Z Any Mouse said...

It looks delicious, and easy! I can't wait to try it. I always make pizza dough in my bread machine, works great.