Pizza just seemed like a no-brainer for the super bowl. I have to admit, I am not a regular watcher of football, but I, like everyone else in the world, did watch the super bowl. I figured why not celebrate with pizza!
I used store bought pizza dough which saved a lot of time and trouble, although I do like to make my own dough when I have the time.
Since I wanted to have the pizza ready during the game and didn't want to have a mess around the house, I decided to make focaccia out of the dough and pre-bake it and then add my toppings later. That way it only takes half the time to bake and there is no clean up. I got all my toppings chopped, sliced and ready earlier in the day as well.
It was outstanding! A real game pleaser!!!
1 lb. store bought pizza dough
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon course sea salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
Take dough out of bag and place in a large oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double in size, about 1-2 hours.
Pre-heat pizza stone in a 500 degrees oven.
Remove dough from bowl with floured hands and place on a floured counter or cutting board. Roll out dough into desired shape and press fingers down into the middle of the dough. (I divided the dough in half and made two separate pizzas.) Drizzle with olive oil, top with the rosemary, salt and pepper.
Turn oven temperature down to 400 degrees. Set dough on pizza stone and bake for 10-12 minutes.
The focaccia may be eaten at this point as is or topped as follows:
3/4 cup artichoke and spinach dip, optional (you could use cream cheese with added herbs and spices instead)
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped into small pieces
1/4 cup kalamata olives, sliced
1/4 cup green olives, sliced
1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced thin
1/4 cup fontinella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup reduced fat mozzarella, shredded
1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/8 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped, optional
Spread the artichoke and spinach dip over the top of the focaccia and top with shredded fontinella. Add the olives, sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms. Drizzle with a one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with Italian seasonings.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 10-12 minutes, remove from oven and add the mozzarella cheese. Place back in the oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Drizzle with remaining tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with parsley, if desired.