Learn how to make a Mardi Gras Pizza from scratch! Not only is it delicious, you'll have a blast making it!
Mardi Gras Pizza
Nothing about Mardi Gras this year is normal. No Parades. No Parties. But just because it isn’t traditional doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! For instance, my Mardi Gras Pizza recipe! Not only is it delicious but you will have a blast making it!
1 ¾ cups flour
1 ½ tsp yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp pizza dough seasoning ***
¾ cup warm water
1 Tbsp olive oil
6 oz tomato paste
15 oz tomato sauce
1 Tbsp oregano
2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
½ Tbsp garlic salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 tsp sugar
2 cups shredded mozzarella
½ purple onion
½ green bell pepper
½ yellow bell pepper
Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Pour in the olive oil and warm water, stir to combine, and knead for 5-6 minutes until it comes together and is pulling away from the sides of the bowl. The dough should be smooth and slightly sticky. Feel free to add a little more flour or water (in small increments!) until you get the right consistency. Brush a mixing bowl with olive oil. Form your dough into a ball and place it in the greased mixing bowl to rise. Leave the bowl in a warm place and cover with a warm, damp towel. Let it rise for 1-2 hours.
While your dough is rising, you can make your sauce and cook your toppings. To make your sauce just add the tomato paste and sauce to a mixing bowl and stir them until they are well combined. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. It is as simple as that! Set it aside until your dough is done rising.
Sauté your toppings in a skillet with a little olive oil. They don’t have to be completely cooked down if you still want them to have a little crunch on your pizza. You just want to cook down any fresh vegetable toppings before you put them on pizza to release some of the moisture and avoid a soggy pizza.
Once your dough has risen, start to stretch it out starting from the center and working your way out. Place it on a lightly floured surface and flatten with your hands, once again, starting in the center and working your way out – turning and stretching the dough into a 12-inch circle with a slight lip around the edge.
Add a thin layer of sauce covering the dough up to the lip. Then add your cheese evenly on top of the sauce. Then your toppings!
Bake at 450° F for 12-15 minutes.
*Pizza Dough Seasoning:
8 Tbsp cheddar cheese powder
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 heaping Tbsp Italian seasoning
Pizza dough seasoning is optional, but it will really give your crust that pizza house flavor!
You can use any toppings on this pizza! But to keep it Mardi Gras themed, stick to purple, green and gold colored ingredients!
If you are using a pizza stone – be sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions before you use it to avoid damaging it. Some want you to pre-heat the stone, some don’t. If you don’t preheat your stone, cook another couple of minutes to crisp the bottom of your dough.
If you have more sauce than you need, freeze the rest for next time!
For other fun ideas to celebrate Mardi Gras at home check out this DIY Mardi Gras Shoe Box Float!
And if you are traveling south for the holiday, check out this Krewe of House Floats official map of decorated homes!
Have a safe and happy Mardi Gas! Laissez les bons temps rouler!
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