It’s what many of us crave after a particularly crushing training ride or for our post-race meal. And although it may be true what they say – that there’s no such thing as bad pizza – there is such a thing as better-for-you pizza, and that starts at home. Here’s our homemade pizza primer.
No matter what your tastes in pizza dough – thick crust or thin, Neapolitan- or Sicilian-style, whole wheat or white – there’s a recipe for you. Find recipes online and experiment to find your favorite. Many are as easy as stirring together flour, water and yeast, and the best doughs are made at least one day in advance (meaning you can do the prep work the night before, then come home from a ride the next day to ready-to-bake dough!).
This super sauce is simple, and provides a great foundation for your favorite toppings. Want more healthful saucy options? Dress your pizza with hummus, pesto<link to: http://www.leadvilleraceseries.com/news_article/show/155121?referrer_id=528399-news>, garlic-infused olive oil, or even salsa.
You will need:
Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the smashed garlic cloves and sauté briefly, until golden and fragrant.
Combine all the ingredients, including the garlic and olive oil, in a blender and process until smooth. Pour mixture into the saucepan, along with the thyme, and simmer for an hour or so, until reduced and thick.
Yes, you have your favorites, but there’s a whole wide world of ways to top your pizza. These combinations make our top ten.