Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Gourmet Pizza Party: Greek delight...

We continue our exploration of the 10 gourmet pizzas we created for a recent birthday party by turning our attention to the Mediterranean... specifically to the Greek Isles. This pizza was inspired by the ingredients common to that region, with on orenji twist!

We started with a hand-tossed pizza dough, mixed with organic whole wheat flour, honey, and thyme-- the most commonly used herb in Greece.

Following a liberal brushing with extra virgin olive oil, we topped this most delightful of pizzas with fire grilled locally grown eggplant, artichoke hearts, and bell peppers, fresh locally produced organic feta cheese, kalamata olives, and a sprinkling of dill. A dusting of freshly cracked black pepper and sea salt finished this creation, ranked as the favorite of the evening by more than one guest!

Not only delicious, this pizza was visually beautiful as well, the earthy colors of the peppers, olives, eggplant, and artichokes contrasting with the white creamy feta cheese and bright green sprigs of fresh dill. Light and fragrant, this was a pizza that was difficult to stop eating!

Tomorrow we turn our gaze towards another region of the world, and another gourmet pizza. Come back and visit us here at orenji!

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