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White Pizza with Garlic Sauce and Herbs
Total Time:
2 hrs
 
Ingredients
dough
  • 1 1/8 cups warm water
  • 3 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
pizza
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup freshly grated provolone cheese
  • 1 cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated fontina cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 2 balls burrata
  • a bunch of fresh herbs for topping: oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, honey and olive oil. Mix with a spoon, then let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add in 2 1/2 cups flour and salt, stirring with a spoon until the dough comes together but is still sticky. Using your hands, form the dough into a ball and work in the additional 1/2 cup flour, kneading it on a floured surface for a few minutes. Rub the same bowl with olive oil then place the dough inside, turning to coat. Cover with a towel and place in a warm place to rise for about 1-1 1/2 hours.
  2. After the dough has risen, punch it down and place it back on the floured surface. Using a rolling pin or your hands, form it into your desired shape (sometimes I use baking sheets and do rectangles or free form pizzas – this specific dough will yield one pizza large enough to feed about 3-4 people) and place on a baking sheet or pizza pan. Place the towel back over the dough and let sit in the warm place for 10 minutes.
  3. Heat the oven to 425 degrees F. (If I use my pizza stone, I heat my oven to 475 degrees and bake for 15 minutes. If you’re just using a baking sheet, follow the directions below for baking and set to 425 degrees.)
  4. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan heat the butter over medium heat. Once it’s sizzling, whisk in the flour to create and roux and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until golden and fragrant. Very slowly pour in the half and half while whisking the entire time as the mixture thickens. Stir in the garlic cloves. Cooking, stirring often, until the mixture thickens, about 5 to 6 minutes.  Stir in the salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  5. Spread the sauce all over the pizza. Top with the provolone, mozzarella, fontina and parmesan. Place the balls of burrata right in the center and pull them apart towards the edges.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes (or around 15 to 20 minutes if using the pizza stone) until the cheese is golden and bubbly. Remove and top with the herbs and extra parm. Slice and serve immediately.

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