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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

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.



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



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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