Green Pepper and Mushroom Pizza
with Italian house salad
This is a classic Cook Smarts recipe that made its debut in September 2013, but the combination of green bell peppers and mushrooms remains one of our favorites on pizza. Slide the pizza in the oven and make a quick house salad for a dinner that will make you think twice the next time you're tempted to get take-out.
- Cucumber, medium - 1 , cubed
- Tomatoes, medium - 1 , chopped
- Balsamic vinegar - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Dijon mustard - 1 tsp
- Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
- Salad greens - 4 oz
- Pizza dough - 1 lb
- Garlic - 1 cloves , crushed
- Red pepper flakes - 1/8 tsp
- Sweetener of choice - 1/2 tsp
- Crushed tomatoes (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can
- Bell peppers, green - 1 , diced
- Mushrooms, any button (look for pre-sliced to save time) - 6 oz , sliced
- Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
- Mozzarella, fresh - 8 oz , sliced
- Parmesan cheese (opt) - 3 Tbsp , grated
Pizza dough - Cover in flour and let rest for at least 30 minutes before rolling out. (Resting dough gives gluten time to chill out, which makes the dough much more pliable.)
Sauce - Mix together crushed garlic, red pepper flakes, sweetener and crushed tomatoes with a dash of salt and black pepper. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
Green peppers / Mushrooms - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
Cucumber / Tomatoes - Prep as directed.
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Preheat oven to 425F / 218C degrees. Position top rack so it's at the very top.
Spray sheet pan with cooking oil. Using hands, stretch out pizza dough to cover a sheet pan - it should be pretty easy to do if you let the dough rest. Brush the border with a bit of olive oil and then bake on top rack for 3 minutes without toppings. (This solo time in the oven gives the dough time to crisp up before being loaded up with toppings.)
Brush on sauce and then sprinkle on mozzarella and toppings. (You can pile the toppings on, they will shrink while cooking.)
Bake pizza for another 10 minutes on the top rack. Add parmesan (if using) and broil pizza for 1 to 2 more minutes before taking out of the oven.
While pizza is baking, whisk together balsamic vinegar, mustard and olive oil. Season to taste with some salt and pepper.
When pizza is ready, toss vinaigrette with greens, cucumbers and tomatoes. Slice pizza and enjoy with salad on the side!