Whole Wheat Pizza with Asian Eggplant and Brown Beech Mushrooms
My very first blog piece was Pizza Perspectives for the Fed Up with Lunch: the School Lunch Project blog. You may have seen it already but if you haven’t, you can find the piece here.
I had so much fun writing it that I started this blog. It is really surprising that a plain piece of school pizza has 62 ingredients, so I wondered how that compares to other pizzas.
I scanned the frozen section of my neighborhood grocery store. Most pizzas I looked at listed 40 ingredients, and all those included one topping such as pepperoni.
About a month ago, I began making pizza at home every Friday for dinner. My fiancé dubbed it Pizza Friday! It is fast becoming a tradition for us. Sometimes we invite a friend or two over to partake; other times we indulge on our own. Tonight I decided to see how many ingredients go into my pizza.
Dough: 7 ingredients
When Pizza Friday! started, I made the dough myself, but then I got lazy. After I found frozen organic dough at Whole Foods to be cheaper than the dough at my grocery store, I decided that the $1.69 was totally worth it. By the way, the 7 ingredients count comes from white pizza dough. I also used an organic whole wheat dough, but the label fell off, and I can’t seem to find it.
Sauce: 9 ingredients
I opened a can of tomatoes, pureed it, and added olive oil, garlic, dried oregano, and chili flakes to it.
Cheese: 4 ingredients
Today I took a hunk of mozzarella cheese and sliced off what I needed as I’m making the pizzas. I don’t buy the pre-shredded cheese because it’s more expensive and there’s extra stuff added to the cheese to prevent it from sticking together. Occasionally, I might use a nice round of fresh mozzarella.
Brown Beech Mushrooms
Toppings: 2 ingredients
I used Asian eggplant, and brown Beech mushrooms; Pat kept his plain.
Etc: 10 ingredients
I drizzled olive oil on the dough, sprinkled some salt on the eggplant, and dusted my pizza peel off with some cornmeal and all-purpose flour, which I found out has six other ingredients other than wheat flour. I included all 7 ingredients in my count because I counted every distinct ingredient when I looked at my school’s frozen pizza to come up with 62 ingredients.
Total ingredients used for Pizza Friday!: 32
That’s more than I would have expected, though I may have over-counted a few items. I know salt appeared in more than one ingredient category. Still, that’s about half the ingredients compared to my school’s pizza.
My pizza: whole wheat with Asian eggplant and Beech mushrooms
Pat’s pizza: plain cheese