Spread with a bitey garlic oil and topped with peppery arugula and lemon vinaigrette, this white pizza is a weekend staple in my kitchen!
If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ve likely seen this recipe pop up more than once! Most weekends you’ll find us making homemade pizza, and this white pizza recipe from the Barefoot Contessa (aka my kitchen idol) is my go-to.
I’m excited to share the recipe today just because I love it THAT much, but even more so because it would make a fitting St. Patrick’s Day dinner as it’s topped with a bunch of greens. Before we get to the recipe, a few things to note…
First, if you aren’t making your own pizza crust you’re missing out. Of course you can purchase pre-made pizza dough at just about any grocery store, but making it at home is almost as easy and takes just half an hour. I use my kitchen aid fitted with the dough hook but you can also just do the mixing by hand (and get an arm workout in the process).
Second, beware of burned garlic! You’ll notice that the recipe calls for a garlic oil which you make by simmering sliced garlic cloves in olive oil over low heat. Even on low heat, the garlic can go from golden brown to burned in a matter of seconds. And trust me, you do NOT want to use burned garlic or the oil that it burned in. So that means starting over. Just keep your eye on it, stir occasionally and pull it off the heat if it seems to be browning too quickly. An alternative is to pick up garlic oil from a specialty shop. I also use truffle oil when I’m in the mood for something different.
Third, these pizzas can be customized to suit every taste at the table. Obviously I enjoy the white pizza with arugula, but Jim prefers a traditional red sauce with mozzarella, onions and peppers. Last week he mixed it up and made a buffalo chicken sauce; for a guy that claims to not cook, he can be pretty creative! During the summer, I also like to do a white pizza with goat cheese, figs and balsamic glaze. The possibilities are endless!
Since the dough makes 6 individual pizzas, this would make a great casual dinner party. Set out a variety of toppings and let your guests make their own pizzas. Just be sure you have enough room in the oven!