I got excited when I saw this new vegetarian pizza. I'm not a vegetarian but I like to cook without meat a couple of times a week. Tonights plan was a black bean pizza. Homemade whole wheat crust, salsa, cheese, red peppers and black beans. I made the kids a pepperoni and the husband his own pizza.
So I made 3 crusts, popped the kids' pepperoni in first and then the husbands pizza. At this point I am REALLY hungry and eager to get mine in the oven. So I roll out the dough, place the ingredients beautifully all over the pizza until it looks perfect. It's then I realize that I forgot to prebake the crust.
All the other pizza's I prebaked which makes it MUCH crispier and easier to slip off the pan. So I put this in the oven and when we tried to slip it off the sheet onto the rack to crisp, half of it just fell to the bottom of the oven. It wasn't pretty. Luckily I did get a picture before this happened.
So we scrapped the bottom of the oven but that didn't stop the billowing smoke from coming out of the oven. So here it is 36 degrees outside and we have the doors and windows open, the smoke detectors going off and are watching Toy Story 3 and eating pizza amidst thickening pizza smoke.
The good news is that 1/2 of the pizza turned out great! Very tasty, not pretty but delicious. I'll for sure make it again.
I don't know exact times for cooking. It really depends on your way of cooking it. We have a pan for it, we prebake it for awhile and then add toppings. Then we cook it more and then slip it off the pan to crisp up a bit. If you have a stone, cooking time will vary I'm sure.
Black Bean Southwestern Pizza Recipe
Adapted from Fitness Magazine, Oct 2010
No Rise Crust:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 packet of yeast or 2 1/4 tsp. yeast
1 tsp. salt
1 cup very warm water
1 cup salsa
4 oz. mozzarella cheese
2 oz. cheddar cheese
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 red pepper, cut into slices
3 green onions, chopped
cilantro (I didn't have any)
Mix water and yeast. Then add flour and salt and mix to combine. Roll out using extra flour if necessary to keep it from sticking.
Prebake crust for about 8 minutes at 375.
Add toppings. Salsa first, then cheese, beans, peppers, onions, then more cheese. Bake for another 10 minutes or so until done and crispy.
Total calories = 1920 calories
4 servings = 480 calories per serving
Southwestern Black Bean Pizza = 480 calorie dinner
One Year Ago...
Ham, Broccoli, Tomato Egg Bake
Calories calculated from calorieking.com. Some numbers are approximate and rounded.