It is without a doubt that I have my wonderful parents (and my Italian roots) to thank for my love of inviting people into my kitchen and spending time with great friends while sharing good food. I love an excuse to entertain and was so excited when my dear friend Sophie and I were able to squeeze in a snippet of time and finally run into each other's arms!
Sophie's upcoming April wedding was our excuse to get together as I am tapping into my planning skills and helping her with her big day! Delicious Doug (Sophie's future husband) was prince enough to let me steal Sophie away for the night as we discussed her wedding details and even came up with the most perfect wedding day hair! Sophie arrived at my door with some wine and I took care of creating a homemade pizza that was actually quite out of the box for me and somewhat of a culinary risk. I only say risky because of one specific pizza topping that was requested by my gorgeous guest and I must say, I was delighted and surprised at how much I loved it! I conquered another food fear (after years of crinkling my little nose up, I just developed a positive relationship with hard boiled eggs earlier this month) and I must say, those little anchovies are not so scary after all. In fact, they added so much character to our pizza.
White Anchovy & Artichoke Pizza
- Whole wheat pizza crust (I use Trader Joe's)
- Olive oil
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- Artichoke hearts
- Sundried tomatoes
- Shredded mozzarella
- Fresh cracked pepper
I start by flattening out the crust on a pan. When I Use Trader Joe's, I cook the crust first for about 8 minutes on 350 degrees otherwise the toppings make the crust soggy. Once the crust is partially cooked, the toppings can be added. Drizzle a bit of olive oil, and a sprinkle of cheese. Add artichokes, sundried tomatoes and gently place anchovies one by one (as many or as little as desired...and if you are not feeling the love, just leave them off!) Sprinkle the fresh garlic and top with more mozzarella. Crack fresh pepper to finish and pop the pizza back in the oven for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbling.