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A pizza recipe any mom would like, and kids will totally love
Salami, mozzarella, broccoli make pie snap
 
Published Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:45 pm
by Ashley Mahoney

PHOTO | ASHLEY MAHONEY
Pizza with green pepper, salami and mozzarella.

Mom made the best pizza. Seriously, I’ve tried several types of pizza across the globe, and no one can touch the Mary Mahoney pie.


If you’ve followed the Mom Meals edition of our recent recipes, you know she died in August 2017. She would always make a pie before she and my dad, Mike, came to visit me in college. When Katey, my childhood best friend visited Charlotte, she sent her with a whole pie, simply to satisfy her needy youngest child. Poor Katey’s car smelled like Italian sausage for a week.


I’ve made several of her meals since then, but not the pizza. This wasn’t just any pizza. It was the night before a soccer game or a big track meet pizza. It was the pizza she made while I packed to head back to college after Christmas break. She would always yell at me to stop eating all of the pizza dough, because there wouldn’t be enough for the crust. Years later, I realized she would make extra dough, just for me. She would always leave it in the mixing bowl for me to find, after she put the pizza in the oven.


Listening to Peter Reinhart speak on the theme of craft at the June 1 Creative Mornings in a very interesting context of the search for the perfect pizza. I couldn’t ignore the place of her pizza in my life. So I texted my dad, “we’re making Mom’s pizza,” and we did. We put a different spin on it, but she would have loved every bite. I hope you do, too.


Ingredients


Crust:


1 package dry yeast


1 cup warm water


1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour


1/2 teaspoon salt


2 teaspoons sugar


2 tablespoons olive oil


1 1/2 cup unbleached flour


Pizza toppings:


3 cups pizza sauce


1 green pepper


1/2 cup onion


2 gloves fresh garlic


Balsamic glaze


3 cups mozzarella


1 cup broccoli florets


1/2 cup prosciutto


1 wedge parmesan cheese


2 cups Italian salami


Preparation


Crust:


Dissolve yeast in warm water


Let it rest for five minutes


Set aside 1/2 cup unbleached flour


Stir in additional ingredients


Continuously combine for 5-10 minutes, adding unbleached flour (Mom suggestion: Kitchen Aid mixer)


Lightly oil the sides of a bowl


Add dough


Allow dough to rise for 15 minutes in a warm oven (roughly 175-200 degrees) covered with a cloth


Turn the dough approximately halfway through


Remove from oven


Preheat oven to 425 degrees


Place dough on a pizza stone or baking sheet


Spread dough across the surface


Top with sauce for approximately 10 minutes


Add chopped onion, garlic, pepper, broccoli, cheese and salami


Bake for approximately three minutes


Add prosciutto and a drizzle of balsamic glaze


Bake for an additional 2-3 minutes


Top with shaved or grated parmesan cheese


Serve and enjoy!

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