Monday, October 26, 2009

4 Cheese Pizza with Basil and Garlic

White Four-Cheese Pizza

We have a new Italian restaurant that has moved into our part of town. So far, I have only tried one thing, their white pizza. Oh, we've ate there more than once, the problem is that I fell in love with this pizza. I can't bring myself to try anything else. It's everything I really want in a pizza...bread and cheese, oh and some garlic thrown in for good measure. Whenever my husband goes out of town, or goes away, or goes somewhere, and I'm left to fend for myself, I invariably grab this pizza. I was about to do it this week, when I stopped. What if I could make this for myself? Whenever I wanted it. Weekly, daily, whenever. The thought practically makes me giddy.

Problem number one, I had no pizza dough. Oh, I had some in the freezer, but I needed it NOW. Then I remembered my bucket of dough sitting in my fridge from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking...hmmm. So, I grabbed the book and yes, it has a pizza dough, but mine was just regular dough. But with visions of cheese pizza in my head, I didn't care. My dough bucket was about empty and it was time to make more anyway so might was well use it up.

It just so happens that I had been sitting on the couch thumbing through The Bon Appetit Cookbook: Fast Easy Freshwhile hubby watched Fringe, which is much better this season than last, but I still grab a cookbook to look at while it's on. Anyway, I remembered seeing a White Four Cheese Pizza with Basil and Garlic.

So, I made the pizza. Only I didn't have any goat cheese. So really mine was a three cheese pizza and I didn't have any basil because I just harvested my last batch and gave it to my oldest daughter because I am such a good mom. And I didn't make it on pizza dough, but on bread dough. It was good, but it was not Italian restaurant good. It wasn't the right blend of cheese and garlic. The bread dough for the crust though was definitely a win. It had this yummy sourdough chewiness to it. So, I'm going to try again. I will keep trying till I can have my favorite pizza whenever I want it!

White Four-Cheese Pizza with Basil and Garlic

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced

1 13.8-ounce tube refrigerated pizza dough (or whatever dough you have)
All purpose flour
6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices, then coarsely chopped
3 ounces soft fresh goat cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 450°F. Brush 13x9-inch metal baking pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil (I didn't do this, since I used a pizza stone). Mix remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and garlic in small bowl.

Roll out pizza dough on lightly floured work surface to 14x10-inch rectangle. Transfer dough to prepared pan; brush lightly with some of garlic oil. Top with mozzarella cheese and goat cheese, leaving 1/2-inch plain border. Crumble ricotta cheese over, then sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake pizza until crust is golden brown and cheese melts, about 18 minutes. Drizzle remaining garlic-oil over pizza. Let stand 3 minutes. Do ahead Can be made 4 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature. Before continuing, rewarm in 350°F oven until heated through, about 10 minutes.

Cut pizza crosswise into 8 strips, then cut each strip crosswise into 4 pieces for 32pieces total. Sprinkle with basil. Transfer to platter and serve hot.


La Table De Nana said...

It's a tantalizing photo..I love pizza and all white would suit me fondue:)

buffalodick said...

I've posted about this style pizza a couple of times.. we like it too, for a change of tastes..

ARLENE said...

I love this post because it reminds me of me in the midst of a foodie obsessed cooking session. Your "3" cheese bread pizza looks and sounds absolutely delicious and it's all your own!

Terri and Bob said...

Totally love this idea. I can see myself drizzling it with garlic infused olive oil (never enough garlic) and enjoying it with a glass of pinot grigio.

Kat said...

Pizza is one of my favorite "junk" foods. But, let's see, there are several food groups in that pizza aren't there?

Marjie said...

You could have come to me. I've posted several pizza crust recipes. I love white pizza, too, much more than the traditional kind.

Barbara said...

I like the variety of cheeses on your pizza. Mix them with garlic and your bound to have the perfect white pizza!

Grace said...

i do love a good white pizza. isn't it fun to tweak and hone things until they're just right? incidentally, i'm the same way--if i find a winner at a restaurant, i never get anything else.

Antoinette said...

Yummy yummy yummy! I am so hungry now.

Helen said...

Hi Pam! White pizza is my number one favorite ~ and now I will have to try your recipe! Thanks and have a wonderful week.

Patricia Scarpin said...

This looks so good, Pam - I'm a sucker for all kinds of pizza, but have never tried it with garlic. Shame on me!
I'm inspired to try now, tks to you, darling!

Mari at Once Upon a Plate said...

Well, it looks delicious to me ~ I adore white pizza. And I would LOVE a slice right now and it's no where near lunchtime yet.

Gorgeous photo, too. I think I can smell the delightful aroma from here. Mouthwateringly good!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

I love that you recreated your fave pizza at home!
Looks great.
When I am trying to get pizzeria flavour for my son, sometimes I use a little bit of garlic salt or granulated garlic sprinkled on top.

Chris said...

The things we do for our children, h aha.

I love white pizzas. This is making me want to make my chicken alfredo pizza again.

Nice "almost 4 cheese" pizza:)

Amy said...

We've been frequenting a local cafe in our neighborhood for about five years...and I have always ordered the same thing (black bean veggie patty with chipotle pesto aioli.) Five years. It's that good. Sometimes you just don't want to mess with perfection.

Lea Ann said...

I'm new to your blog. Am really enjoying your writing and of course the food.

I've just started making my own pizza, well, one try.

It came out pretty darn good and look forward to making this recipe.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Well, it might not have been the restaurant pizza of your dreams, but the photo is calling to me, so now it will be the pizza of MY dreams!

Tatersmama said...

Well, if this didn't turn out "exactly" like you were hoping for, do you mind if I have the leftovers? If there ARE any leftovers, that is! lol!
I love me some cheeses, and garlic and basil, and although I've never meade a pizza crust of any kind in my life, THIS is worth learning for!
The pic had me droolin' from the start!

Michelle said...

We love pizza but only my pizza.

I know what you're going through trying to find that perfect crust. I finally found mine. Didn't read a recipe thoroughly and we loved the crust. Come to find out it was a recipe for a bread machine. Geesh, no wonder it didn't rise very much. But it's delicious crust any ways and I've not used another recipe since.

Mini Baker said...

YUMMMMM! White pizza like this is my favorite kind of pizza!

5 Star Foodie said...

Yum! White pizza is my favorite pizza of all! And with 4 cheeses - how awesome!

Kim said...

I absolutely love a white pizza and can understand how badly the craving for one might be. It was fun to read about your experience making this. I think you put into words how some of us feel when we are passionate about eating and cooking a particular recipe..great post!

P.S. I have cookbooks on the couch all the time ;)

Joanne said...

White pizza was always my favorite growing up, but it was the kind with pillows of ricotta dotted all around it. I swoon. My favorite pizza dough is Giada's on the food network website. It's relatively fast (really only an hour). And quite delicious.

The pizza certainly looks delicious!

Tracy said...

Sounds great!

I made several batches of pesto from the fresh basil that I grew this year. I separated the pesto into 2-cup portions and froze them individually. I pull out one at a time and place it in the fridge to use throughout the week.

One of my favorite things to do is to spread some pesto on a prepared pizza crust and sprinkle shredded mozzarella on top. I have even cut a pizza dough in half and just made half a pizza for myself only.

The pesto takes care of the basil and garlic flavors at the same time. Sometimes I will even slice some tomatoes on top.

Any way you make it, it is delicious!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Guess I'm growing up because i prefer white pizze over the rgular with the red sauce too. The garlic and basil have me over the moon.

Gloria said...

Love Pizza! gloria

Lisa said...

Ah, that looks really good! I'd love a piece, perfect or not. I'm not very good with homemade pizza myself. I rely on my friends and local restaurants for that specialty.

Peter M said...

Oh Pam, you know this pizza has room for one more cheese! How about a fontina or asiago? Luv thy cheese.