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Recipe: White Garlic Sauce Pizza

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This pizza is referenced (with picture) in the article ‘Outstanding Pizza From Scratch In 50 minutes’

The motivation for this pie was to see how quickly I could prepare a pizza from scratch. What started as an Iron Chef sort of effort ended up as an excellent pizza I’ll make again and again.

First off this pizza uses an excellent Focaccia bread as a crust and that’s where you want to start (crust recipe below).

After you prepare the dough it needs 20 minutes to rise. During that time prepare your sauce (also below) and toppings.

For this pizza in addition to sauce and cheese I browned a lb of Italian sausage and some sliced mushrooms.

Once your dough has risen (20 minutes) roll it out on to a stone or pizza pan. Or you can just press it out by hand which is what I do.

Top with (in order)

The white garlic sauce

1 lb Italian Sausage

Sauteed Mushrooms (I used about 6 oz).

2 cups of mozzarella cheese

2 cups monterey jack

Bake for about 15 minutes in an oven preheated to 450F until the crust is browned and the cheese is melted.

Obviously you top this pizza with anything you want. The Focaccia crust and white garlic sauce are what make it quick, but they also give it a unique and excellent taste. If you’ve never had a white sauce pizza they’re not as much of departure as you might think. My guess is you’ll be asked to make it again, it sure got great reviews here.

White Garlic Sauce

To make the garlic sauce I just added garlic to your standard basic white sauce.

Mince 4 cloves of garlic and saute in a Tbs or so of butter

Once the garlic softens add about 3 Tbs of flour and a enough butter make a roux.

Stir the roux almost nonstop and let it cook for a few minutes over medium

Add a cup of milk and keep whisking while you let it simmer for a few minutes then remove from heat and set aside.

Focaccia Pizza Crust (adapted from Focaccia bread)

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup water
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, sugar, yeast, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, basil and black pepper. Mix in the vegetable oil and water.

When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.

Punch dough down and roll out on to stone or pizza pan.

Add toppings then bake in oven preheated to 450F for 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

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