Mystic Pizza

This pizza recipe is our version of the ones served in the romantic comedy, "Mystic Pizza".  In the movie, Leona, the owner of a local pizza parlor, closely guards her family's sauce recipe that's made with a secret blend of Portuguese spices.

Yield: 6 servings
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 221
  • Calories from fat: 24%
  • Fat: 5.8g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.9g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.4g
  • Protein: 11.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 30.4g
  • Fiber: 1.4g
  • Cholesterol: 16mg
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Sodium: 338mg
  • Calcium: 199mg

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 package quick-rise yeast (2 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 cup warm water (105° to 115°)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 teaspoons cornmeal
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 3/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 (8-ounce) can no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Preparation

  1. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife.
  2. Dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Add 1 1/4 cups flour, oil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; stir to form a soft dough.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands.
  4. Place dough in a bowl coated with cooking spray; turn to coat top. Cover; let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.
  5. Preheat oven to 450°.
  6. Punch dough down; roll dough into a 12-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Place dough on a baking sheet or 12-inch pizza pan coated with cooking spray and sprinkled with cornmeal. Crimp edges of dough to form a rim. Let dough stand, covered, 10 minutes.
  7. Place a small saucepan coated with cooking spray over medium heat until hot. Add garlic, and sauté 2 minutes. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, oregano, cilantro, fennel seeds, pepper, and tomato sauce; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes or until mixture is thick, stirring occasionally. Spread sauce over pizza crust; sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is golden. Remove pizza to cutting board; cut into wedges.
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