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Farm Picked For You Pizza

I don’t know about where you live, but Stone-Fired Pizza places have popped up all over South Florida. One place seems better than the other for a pizza lover like myself!  Many of these restaurants are using ingredients straight from a local farm. Especially the freshest vegetables and even fruit toppings!  With school starting the days of dining out will be limited so to get that Farm to Table experience at home, it’s as easy as using the farm-picked veggies from my Farmpicked4u.com box.  There is always a delicious topping to choose from that will become cheesy and indulgent, thanks to a layer of herby ricotta and stringy mozzarella.

 

Here’s What we used from our Farm Picked For You Box!

All the toppings for this pizza can come straight from our Farm Picked For You Box that we have customized in order to always have our favorite ingredients on hand. I use the fresh herbs from my garden that I have been growing all summer long. This is more of a template than a strict recipe. Get the basics down, and you can swap in different veggies and herbs based on what you love or what is fresh that season. We also like using an organic or homemade ricotta or mozzarella.

  • Any herb
  • Summer squash
  • Bell pepper
  • Red onion
  • Mushrooms

The basic template for Farm Picked Pizza:
Any herb Plus Two or more veggies  + pizza dough + ricotta and shredded mozzarella

 

Your Pizza Can Handle Your Farm-Box Veggies!

The best Farm Box For You pizza always starts with more vegetables than you think you need. As the pizza cooks, the vegetables cook down, shrink, and have a tendency to spread apart. This pie calls for plenty of toppings to be piled on the dough, to be sure you get an assortment of tender veggies and herbs in every bite.

Always Have Fresh Herbs Handy!

You do not need a garden to grow fresh herbs – or even a green thumb.  Herbs can be grown right on a windowsill and are easy to care for. Fresh Herbs are not only inexpensive to grow, but fresh herbs are also a small addition that makes such a big difference in just about any recipe.

 

Farm Picked For You Pizza

Serves 4 to 6

1 pound pizza dough, store bought or homemade (you can buy pizza dough at your local bakery)
1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
Olive oil
1/2 small zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch-thick half moons
1/2 small yellow summer squash, cut into 1/4-inch-thick half moons
1/2 medium red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and thinly sliced
1/2 small red onion, chopped
2 ounces cremini mushrooms, stems removed and thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 450°F. Let the pizza dough sit out a room temperature while the oven heats.

Mix together the ricotta, mozzarella, chopped basil, salt, and red pepper flakes if using in a small bowl; set aside.

Lightly grease a rolling pin with olive oil. Roll out the pizza dough to fit a standard 13×18-inch rimmed baking sheet. Transfer the dough to the baking sheet, then use your fingers to gently press the dough into the corners of the pan.

Spread the cheese mixture over the dough, leaving about a 1-inch border around the edges. Arrange the vegetables over the top of the cheese. Drizzle with olive oil, or coat the veggies with a thin layer of cooking spray.

Bake until the edges are golden-brown, 16 to 20 minutes. Top with the Parmesan and basil leaves, and let the pizza cool for 1 to 2 minutes before cutting into slices and serving.

Recipe Notes

  • Storage: Leftover pizza can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

 

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