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Last night Meg and I had a hankering for some gourmet pizza. Since I love to cook, I am always more than willing to put the time in myself and make a great meal instead of paying someone else to do it. Besides, while I know there are places nearby where I can get a great pizza, I am often left thinking that they didn’t put enough toppings, or the pizza was too oily, or the crust wasn’t crispy enough. Now we had just returned from a weekend away, and between laundry and getting ready to come back to work, we were not in the mood to make our own dough and prep up a bunch of toppings. Since I had to go shopping anyway, I added a few items to my shopping list and in no time when I got home had a delicious gourmet pizza to enjoy with some drinks and Game of Thrones.
I already had a little bit of sauce in the fridge, so I was ready to go.
I put the pizza stone in the oven and preheated to 450F. As the oven was preheating I rolled out the dough and let it rest. When the oven was heated, I took out the stone, dusted it with corn meal and placed the dough on it. Then I quickly added the toppings: about 4 tablespoons of sauce, the artichoke heart, peppers and garlic, 5-6 pieces of sliced mozzarella. Back into the oven for about 10 minutes, until the cheese was melted and the dough browned. I pulled the pizza out of the oven and sprinkled it with some sea salt. After letting it rest for 5 minutes, I topped it with fresh sliced basil and cut it into 8 slices.
This is a quick and easy weeknight meal, and you can always jazz a pizza up any way you choose.