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Cajun Pizza

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  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Yield: 1 pizza
  • Hands On 15 mins
  • Total Time 25 mins

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This easy pizza from Alex and Sonja Overhiser of the blog A Couple Cooks isn't overly spicy, but has enough flavor and kick to stand out from a standard pizza. We love how it relies on basic pantry ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound purchased prepared pizza dough
  • All-purpose flour
  • Cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup crushed San Marzano (or other good quality) tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded smoked gouda cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh sweet corn cut from the cob, or frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
  • 1/2 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • Kosher salt

Directions

  1. If available, place a pizza stone on bottom rack in oven; preheat to 500 degrees . Meanwhile, let dough stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 12-inch circle. Dust a pizza peel or rimless baking sheet with cornmeal. Transfer dough to the peel. (If not using a stone, transfer dough to a pizza pan that's been lightly brushed with oil and dusted with cornmeal.)
  3. Thinly spread crushed tomatoes over dough. Sprinkle with garlic and Cajun seasoning. Top with cheeses, onion, bell pepper, corn and jalapeno. Sprinkle with a bit of kosher salt.
  4. Use the peel to transfer pizza to the pizza stone (or place pizza pan in oven). Bake until cheeses and crust are nicely browned, about 10 minutes.

Variation

  • How to Add Sausage Top the pizza with 1/2 cup sliced, precooked andouille sausage or browned, crumbled Italian sausage.

Tip

  • *Shopping Tip If you don't have Cajun seasoning, you can use a pinch each of salt, oregano, paprika, black pepper and cayenne pepper.

Variation

  • Shortcut Method You can also make individual pizzas on naan (a widely available Indian flatbread), rather than roll out dough. To do so, place naan directly on oven rack and bake at 450 degrees for 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to sheet pans. Add toppings. Bake about 5 minutes more. (Topping quantities for a pizza made with 1 pound of dough roughly correspond to 4 naan breads, but you may want a little extra.)

Nutrition Facts

(Cajun Pizza)

Servings Per Recipe 4, pro. (g) 25, calcium (mg) 440, cal. (kcal) 493, vit. A (IU) 642, iron (mg) 1, fiber (g) 3, sodium (mg) 960, sugar (g) 8, Potassium (mg) 155, sat. fat (g) 8, Fat, total (g) 16, vit. C (mg) 9, chol. (mg) 50, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0, Folate (µg) 25, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 1, carb. (g) 62, Niacin (mg) 1, Monounsaturated fat (g) 4, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0

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