Recently I went to Zpizza for lunch… I love their pizza – thin crust, yummy toppings and a great lunch special. On the day I went one of the special pizzas of the day was called Casablanca – a roasted garlic sauce, artichokes, mushrooms, ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheese. I thought to myself – eureka – I could do this… so here is my attempt and I have to say it didn’t disappoint.
I made a roasted garlic sauce with the following ingredients:
-1 cup heavy cream (or whole milk)
-2 T unsalted butter
-2 T flour
-1/4 t salt
-1/4 t cayenne pepper
-about 10 cloves of roasted garlic*
* to make roasted garlic, take one or two heads of garlic, cut off the tops and season with salt and pepper, drizzle olive oil on top, place flat side on bottom of foil, wrap tight and place in oven at 375. It takes about 45-60 minutes for cloves to soften and turn golden brown. When done and cooled a bit, the garlic can be squeezed out.
Heat milk in microwave just until warm. Meanwhile over low heat melt butter and when foam subsides, add flour and whisk until smooth. Cook for about 1 minute stirring constantly; gradually add milk whisking to combine. Add salt and cayenne pepper and increase heat to medium; cook, whisking until sauce comes to boil and is thickened. Remove from heat and add garlic. Either use an immersion blender or regular blender to process until smooth. Transfer to bowl and place plastic wrap directly on top until ready to use.
Oven should be set to 450 degrees for at least 30 minutes. Place your favorite dough on a pizza peel that has been dusted with corn meal. Layer on the ingredients – a thin layer of sauce, sliced baby bella mushrooms, chopped artichokes (use plain and not marinated), parmesan cheese, thin slices of fresh mozzarella and dot with ricotta. Slide onto hot stone and cook until bubbly about 14-18 minutes.
This has really great flavor – the roasted garlic sauce really kicks it up a notch! I made this for Mr. John, Kristina and Benj. They gave it 2 thumbs up!