Arugula, Fig and Gorgonzola Pizza
Simple meals for lunch and dinner.. what can be more simple and satisfying than a pizza the way you like it! This simple recipe just entails layering sliced arugula greens on the dough, cover with a healthy portion of crumbled Gorgonzola and toss some fresh sliced figs in some olive oil and a lusciously thick balsamic vinegar and then spread them over the cheese. Bake in a pre-heated 400˙oven for 30 minutes until pizza dough has risen and golden on top and well browned on the bottom. Enjoy simple cooking while getting ready for the holidays... Buon Appetito!! :)
6 ½ cups of all purpose flour
2 pkgs. Yeast or 5 tsp. active dry yeast from a jar
2 cups very warm water
1/8 cup white wine at room temperature
4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
Put warm water (80 to 110∞F) into a bowl. Add salt and yeast, mix and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Gradually add flour and olive oil and start mixing with a wooden spoon.
Place dough on floured surface and start kneading the dough with your hands.
Knead the dough until you have a smooth elastic ball. If your dough feels more like batter, it is too wet and you need to add flour bit by bit.
Coat the dough with olive oil, place it in a large bowl and cover it with kitchen wrap or a kitchen towel. Let the dough rise for about an hour at room temperature, then push it down again so it deflates. Let it sit for about another hour. If you want to use it the next day, put it in a refrigerator.