Pepper and Olive Pan Pizza

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Recipe for Pepper and Olive Pan Pizza. Cornmeal gives the crunchy bottom that is typical of a good pizza parlor pizza.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons yellow cornmeal
  • one 10 ounce tube refrigerated pizza dough
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 small sweet onion , thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup sliced black olives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Coat a 12 inch ovenproof skillet with about 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with the cornmeal.
  2. 2. Unroll the pizza dough and ease it into the skillet. The dough will be uneven and fit partway up the sides of the pan, which is fine, since the pizza is rustic and free form. Stir the garlic into the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and brush about 1/2 of the garlic oil on the pizza dough. Scatter the red bell peppers, onion, olives, oregano, mozzarella, and Parmesan over the dough.
  3. 3. Set the pan over direct medium-high heat and cook until the dough begins to puff and bottom becomes golden - about 2 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and bake until the cheese is melted, toppings are hot, and the pizza is rich golden brown and crusty, 15 to 18 minutes.
  4. Tips:
  5. Remember that the skillet handle will be very hot right out of the oven. Be sure to use a potholder and drape it over the handle after it comes from the oven to remind you not to touch it.
  6. A good skillet that sits evenly on the burner works best for this, and all other skillet recipes as well. It's worth the investment.
  7. cornmeal gives the crunchy bottom that is typical of a good pizza parlor pizza.
  8. Variations:
  9. Any other combination of toppings, as long as they are not too heavy, works well here.
  10. Other quick cooking vegetables, such as thin asparagus, sliced Roma tomatoes, or green bell peppers don't need to be precooked, but leftover vegetables such as broccoli make great pizza too.
  11. Packaged shredded "4-cheese" pizza blends can be substituted for the mozzarella and Parmesan. They are found in the dairy/cheese section of the market.
  12. Flavored olive oils, such as garlic and/or herb oil can be used in place of plain olive oil.
  13. Substitute other herbs, such as basil, thyme, or marjoram, for the oregano.
  14. 4. Serve the pizza, cut into wedges, directly from the skillet