Featured Video: Homemade Pie Crust
Pizza Pie as I call it is a mash-up between a pizza and a pie dish. It looks like a pizza, topped like a pizza but taste like a light flakey thin free form pie with pizza toppings. Let me introduce you to Tomato and Feta Pizza Pie or Tomato and Feta Galette.
Happy Meat Free Monday guys! I’m so excited to share with you our meat free item for the week, it’s something new (at least to me) and interesting and I encourage to give it a try. There’s a story behind this “pizza pie” and I like to share that with you.
I happen to create this by accident. I had been thinking of what to make for meat free Monday and I thought a vegetarian pizza will be nice option, who doesn’t love pizza? And so I had it in my editorial calendar, pizza for meat free Monday. The day that I made it, I grabbed a homemade crust in my freezer, which happens to be my favorite super easy Homemade Pie Crust. Yeah, I grabbed a pie crust instead of a pizza dough. Believe or not, in my mind I thought I was using my Homemade Pizza Dough. So I was confident that I was serving a pizza. It looks absolutely amazing like a pizza would. I just wanted to grab a slice and eat it immediately after it came out of the oven. The way that the cheese melted and the nicely browned crust is just so beautiful and irresistible. I waited for it to cool down a bit and cut it into 4 pieces, I picked a piece, ate it, and then something hit me. How come it’s so light, buttery and flakey?
It tasted so good, but it doesn’t have the dense bread texture of a pizza dough. That’s the only time I realized that I use a pie crust instead of a pizza dough. I mean how could I even missed it? They both have different texture. But then at the same time I was thankful because otherwise I wouldn’t have discovered this new mashed up dish. The best thing about it, I was told this is even better than regular pizza, well that made me really happy. It was only then that I confessed that I had a mixed up with the dough and ended up using a pie crust. But it really didn’t matter at all because it turned out better than expected. So now I am sharing this with you and I hope you’ll give it a try. Maybe you will like it, or maybe not. If it is the later, feel free to use a pizza dough instead, I’ll leave a link below. Whichever crust you decide to use, I hope you will give this pizza a try.
Portioning: This is a small batch that serves 2, you can definitely use the entire batch of the pie crust dough or divide it into two. Adjust the amount of toppings as needed.
Filling: When filling the crust with cheese, leave about 1-inch allowance for folding.
Folding: Fold around about 1-inch, you’ll end up with about 6-inch pizza. The size of the pizza before folding should be around 7-inch this is with the pizza crust having been divided into 3 portion.
Serving: Let cool slightly before cutting. Remember, we are using a pie crust which is softer and flakey as compared to regular pizza dough. If you are using a pizza dough then it you can dig in right away.
- Pie Crust or Pizza Dough (Homemade or Store-bought)
- 1/2 cup mozzarella or cheddar cheese or a mix of both
- 1/2 cup goat cheese
- 1/4 tsp dried basil
- 1/8 tsp paprika
- 1/8 tsp chili flakes
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- Prepare the Pie Crust or Pizza Dough. Divide the pie crust into 3 portion. If you want to make a big portion, you can use the entire batch or divide it by two.
- Roll and flatten to about 7-inch round.
- Sprinkle entire top with mozzarella and cheddar cheese.
- Sprinkle second layer of goat cheese on top.
- Sprinkle top with dried basil, paprika and chili flakes.
- Fold the sides about 1-inch fold.
- Arrange sliced tomatoes in the center and sprinkle with more goat cheese, paprika, dried basil and chili flakes.
- Brush the folded sides with water or milk and sprinkle sides with sesame seeds.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the edge turned puff up and browned.
- Let cool slightly before cutting.
Makes 6-inch; Serves 2
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