panpizzas

Hunter and I don’t have an oven in our little Amsterdam apartment. We don’t. Have. An oven. It’s been a little (or a lot) sad missing out on all the fall baking this year (pumpkin/apple spice EVERYTHING!), but of course our limitation hasn’t stopped us from some fun stove-top experimentation!

Here’s a classic – homemade pizzas… in a pan! It’s ridiculously fast, easy, and so satisfying. Plus, it has way less fat than delivery pizzas so you don’t even have to feel bad eating an extra slice, or two, or three… ;)

All the ingredients we used were really fresh, and the flavors were outstanding together. The crust, made of only two ingredients, isn’t exactly like pizza crust, but it works and I think it ends up being pretty delicious. This is a great recipe to try if you’re really craving pizza and…
(a) don’t have an oven
(b) aren’t patient enough to wait for delivery
(c) want to cut out the extra fat
(d) have fun experimenting with flavors
(e) any combination of the above!

recipe

Ingredients: 4 cups flour + extra on hand, 2 cups water, 1 tbsp EVOO, pizza toppings! (that’s right, it’s THAT simple)
For pizza toppings, you can really use whatever you want – get creative – but here’s what we did (measurements are estimates):
pizza 1 - 3 tbsp pesto (ours was freshly made, leftover from Hunter’s birthday), 1/2 cup mini cooked shrimp, 1/2 clove minced garlic, a good handful sauteed sliced mushrooms, freshly shaved parmesan cheese
pizza 2 - 4 sauteed and slightly smashed anchovies, 1 large tbsp chopped capers, 1 sliced roasted red pepper, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 clove minced garlic, 1/4 cup (palmful) chopped parsley, freshly shaved parmesan cheese
pizza 3 - 3/4 cup tomato puree, handful of fresh basil, freshly shaved parmesan cheese, generous amount of red pepper flakes

  1. Prepare all pizza toppings and set aside.
  2. Mix together flour and water, then knead (HARD) for several minutes on a well-floured surface. You want to get a pizza-dough-like consistency; if it’s too soft/sticky, add more flour. No need to let the dough rest when it’s done.
  3. Divide mixture into three even balls.
  4. Working with one ball at a time, flatten and stretch out with your hands (optional: spin it like pizza dough!) and place in heated pan drizzled with some olive oil.
  5. Continue to stretch pizza dough in pan, if necessary, to create desired shape.
  6. Flip dough when bottom is slightly browned (about 3-4 minutes).
  7. Top your pizza dough while it’s still in the pan! Continue to cook for another couple of minutes, or until the bottom is slightly browned.
  8. Your pizza is ready! Plate and EAT, or start on the next one!

Recipe yields three pizzas.

I promise these are so good.

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