Pepperoni Pizza with Garlic Oil and Fresh Mozzarella

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So it’s Friday night and you don’t have plans to go out. You’re tired after a long week at work and you just want to stay in and drink wine. Sounds wonderful, right? Good! Because staying in can be just as fun of a date night as going out, sometimes even more so! Last week we made this delicious pizza from scratch with a whole pod of garlic, olive oil, fresh mozzarella, basil out of the garden, and sliced pepperoni. What else does date night need? Wine. And someone to share it with.

The best part is that the dough can be made the day before and then put in the refrigerator overnight. Just be sure to remove it 2 hours before making the pizza so it will be pliable.

 

PEPPERONI PIZZA WITH GARLIC OIL AND FRESH MOZZARELLA

Dough:
1 package instant dry active yeast
1 cup warm water
1 tsp sugar
Up to 3 cups bread flour
2 tbsp olive oil + 1 tsp
1 1/2 tsp salt

Garlic Oil:
1 pod garlic
2 tbsp olive oil

Toppings:
8 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced thin
1/4 lb thick-cut slices of deli pepperoni
Basil, if desired

Mix the water, yeast, sugar, and 1/2 cup of the flour together in a bowl. Stir well and let rest for 10 minutes. Bubbles will form. Add in the olive oil, salt, and 2 cups of the flour. Mix well and turn out on a lightly floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes, while adding more flour a little at a time until you have soft, elastic, and slightly sticky dough.

Form the dough into a ball and place in a large oiled bowl. Drizzle the top of the dough with a tiny bit of olive oil and cover surface to prevent dough from drying out. Cover with a kitchen towel and place in warm location for 2 hours, or until the dough doubles in size.

Meanwhile, while leaving the pod of garlic intact, cut the tops of each clove off. Place in small oven safe dish, drizzle with 1 tsp olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Place in 400 degree oven and roast for 40-45 minutes or until cloves are soft. Remove from oven and let cool.

Pop roasted garlic cloves from the pod and mash with a fork. Mix in 2 tbsp olive oil.

Punch down the dough and divide evenly in two. Oil your pizza stone and stretch out one of the balls of dough to fit the pan. Spread your garlic oil over the entire surface of the dough, ensuring there is garlic in each bite! Quarter your pepperoni if they are large slices, and arrange the pieces evenly on the dough. Top with thinly sliced mozzarella.

Place in 400 degree oven for 30 minutes, or until bottom of pizza is golden brown and cheese is melted. Top with basil leaves a few seconds before removing from the oven, if desired.

Carefully remove from oven and enjoy!

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