The Farmers Rope of Pearls Pizza
By: Linda Jennissen of Brooten, MN
*Winner of Main Dish category at the 2nd annual Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese recipe contest.
Notes from the author: I love cheese and pizza. A new pizza stone that I received as a gift from my daughter for Mother’s Day inspired me to start experimenting with making my own pizza.
Bake 450 degrees F
Makes two 12 – 14 inch pizza’s or 1 large deep-dish
1cup warm water (110 degrees F)
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 1/4 -ounce package active dry yeast (2 teaspoons)
2 3/4 to 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for bowl
Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Farmer’s Rope-Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese
1. Pour water into a small bowl. Add the sugar, and sprinkle in the yeast. Stir the mixture until the yeast is dissolved. Let yeast stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.
In a food processor, combine 2 3/4 cups flour and salt, and pulse 3 to 4 times. Add the yeast mixture and the olive oil. Pulse until the dough comes together, adding more flour as needed until dough is smooth, not tacky, when squeezed.
Transfer to clean surface: knead four or five turns into a ball.
2. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, smooth-side up. Cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 40 min.
Place Pizza stone in cold oven, and heat to 450 degrees F.
Use 1/4 cup of cornmeal to dust a flat cookie sheet pan. With slightly oiled hands, press, toss or roll out dough to desired size and shape. Place dough on flat sheet pan dusted with cornmeal.
Place Crave Brothers Farmer’s Rope about 1 inch from edge of dough all the way around the pizza. Pull edge of dough over the Mozzarella rope, press to seal.
Cover with a towel and let rise for 20 minutes.
4 oz. Pepperoni
1 greenbell pepper
1 cup Crave Brothers Marinated Fresh Mozzarella Cheese drained; reserve 4 tablespoons of marinade to top pizza
1 tomato cut into cubes
2 cups shredded pizza cheese
5-6 leaves basil roughly chopped
1/2 cup sliced Kalamata olives, or black olives.
Add toppings to dough that has been rising for 20 min.
Start with pepperoni, green bell pepper, scallions, tomato, olives, shredded cheese and finish with Crave Brothers Marinated Fresh Mozzarella.
Carefully slide pizza from flat sheet pan on to hot pizza stone already in oven. Bake for 15 minutes. Brush stuffed crust with the reserved marinade, drizzle leftover marinade over pizza.
Bake additional 5 minutes, top with chopped basil, and serve right on the pizza stone.