Homemade pizzas have always been a favorite around here, especially on Sunday afternoon. When Tim and I come home from church, we throw on our sweats, throw together some version of a homemade pizza, toss a salad, and enjoy a few minutes of peace and quite before another crazy week. And if I'm feeling really crazy, I'll chill a few glasses and drink some diet root beer. Don't worry, though, I don't make a habit of it.
The real challenge is in mixing it up. We typically stick with either the three meat pizza or a traditional pepperoni pizza. If I have time, I made the pizza dough ahead of time; otherwise, I just buy the pre-made pizza crusts. And let me tell you, even though it's more expensive than the off brand, Boboli pizza crusts are the best I've had.
And let me tell you, I have eaten a lot of pizza in my lifetime.
So there's this restaurant called Olympian Grill in Greenville, and it's a Wadsworth hotspot. Matt and Stef, my brother and sister-in-law, always order a white pizza, but having an extremely limited palette, I never actually tried it. So I did some research, a lot of googling, and asked around to all the white-pizza-loving people in my life. I realize there are many different variations, but this one is extremely fast and only requires five ingredients.
- Garlic flavored olive oil
- Pizza dough
- This can be homemade, pre-cooked store bought, or raw store bought. Whatever works for you. I'm using a Boboli pre-cooked pizza crust to save time.
- 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- Ricotta cheese
- Salt and pepper
- Sprinkle some olive oil onto a pizza pan (unless you're using a stone, which would make this step unnecessary)
- Set the pizza dough/crust on the pan
- Top with more olive oil. Don't flood it, but be generous. It adds a great deal to the flavor and makes it nice and crispy.
- Cover with shredded mozzarella
- Add about 5-6 dollops of ricotta cheese throughout the pizza
- Do not spread the ricotta cheese out. It's supposed to be big spoonfuls all over the place, and it will set and spread as it cooks.
- Top with a little bit of oregano, and add a pinch of salt and pepper
- Bake at 400F for about 10-12 minutes if you have a pre-made crust. If you're using raw dough, bake about 25 minutes.