I’ve been contemplating posting about this pizza for the past couple days and while I sit here waiting for the clock to strike 6 so we can leave for the Indian’s game… I figured, why not just post it?
For those of you who live in Indy, I stole this idea for a pizza from Bazbeaux’s. Yep. But I learned a slight lesson while trying to recreate this pizza. Don’t try to copy Bazbeaux’s. Just don’t. Because somehow, it’s always far better when they make it than when you try to make it at home. Well, wait. It’s not that you shouldn’t try it, it’s just that you shouldn’t expect your homemade pizza to taste just how Bazbeaux’s does. It’s a fact that I have to come to terms with.
This is their Garden Pizza. It consists of artichokes, avocados, spinach, green pepper, red onion, black olives (which we skipped) and ricotta. All under a pile of mozzarella. It’s a different pizza, but wow is it good. However, like I said, it just wasn’t as good homemade as it was at the restaurant. But… keep in mind, I’m really picky about things that I try to recreate. If they aren’texactlylike the restaurant, I have a negative attitude about it. Maybe I should work on that…
It was a really easy pizza to make though! The only thing was that I felt it was dry. Without sauce, it needed something else. I’m not sure how I’ll fix that in the future though, that’s the problem. I also didn’t put any salt on it, which it definitely need and as we were eating our slices, I realized I should have put garlic on there.
So here’s what I did and at the end I’ll give some pointers on what you can do so you’ll be happy with the pizza!
For the dough, I used a package of pizza yeast that my mom got us for Christmas. I just followed the directions. It was very quick as it needed no time to rise, so it was perfect for a night that required a quicker meal. You can definitely use any pizza dough recipe you would like, or any store-bought pizza dough will suffice.
For the toppings you’ll need:
1 can of quartered artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
1 avocado, diced
1 small green pepper, diced or sliced, whichever you prefer
1/4 a small red onion, diced or finely sliced, again, whichever you prefer
About a cup of fresh spinach leaves, or more. We put a lot on our pizza
A small can of chopped black olives if that’s the route you want to take
Ricotta cheese (quantity really depends on how much you want on your pizza, we used about 1/2 a container)
Mozzarella (again, however much you want)
Ok, roll out your pizza crust. Bake it a little before hand so it’s sturdy enough to put toppings on, or press it into a pizza pan. Spread a good amount of ricotta cheese right on the crust. Then top with spinach, artichokes, avocado, red onion and green pepper (and the olives too). Top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake in oven at the temperature that your pizza dough recipe recommends until cheese is melty and starting to brown. Seriously, that’s it.
Ok… now here’s what I suggest:
Run a few cloves of garlic through a garlic press and either just before you put the ricotta on the crust, or after, spread the garlic on there.
Maybe try fresh mozzarella, rather than shredded. I feel like fresh mozzarella sometimes is gooey-er and moister than the shredded stuff. But keep in mind, it melts pretty much where you put it, so you could have some empty spots.
They covered the pizza with spoonfuls of ricotta, I decided to spread it out so I didn’t get a huge chunk of ricotta in random bites. Not sure if this could help or not.
Maybe before you top the pizza with the mozzarella, drizzle a little olive oil over all the veggies. I usually like to do that anyway.
Definitely sprinkle the pizza with some salt before you add the mozzarella. I was shocked at how bland it tasted.
So there you have it. My if-y pizza with some maybe fixes! This is truly a delicious pizza, I just have to get the recipe perfected. It’s definitely a pizza I will make again. The artichoke is so good on it (artichokes are becoming our new favorite veggie) and the ricotta, avocadoes and green peppers really add flavor. I also love spinach on my pizza too. MMmmm so good!
Now I really want to go to Bazbeaux’s. HHmmmm…. we are going to a baseball game tonight… Downtown …
Oh wait. It’s Dollar Menu Monday at the ballpark. $1 hot dogs totally beat out Bazbeaux’s tonight!!