- Makes 6 Pizza Boats:
- For the dough:
- 3 cups lukewarm water
- 2 ¼ teaspoons dry active yeast
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 5 cups (790 grams) bread flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano (or your favorite herb)
- The Herbed Oil:
- ½ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons granulated garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon granulated onion powder
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Filling Options:
- Grated gouda, mozzarella, or Kasseri cheese (or a combination of all three)
- Crumbled feta cheese
- Sliced peppers
- Sliced onions
- Cooked spinach
- Sliced mushrooms
- Thick meat sauce
- Red Pepper Sauce
- Pizza Sauce
- Leftover cooked chicken
To make the dough:
Combine the water, yeast, sugar, and all-purpose flour in the bowl of a table top mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. (This can also be prepared without a mixer and kneaded by hand) Allow this mixture to sit for 15 minutes so the yeast can activate. It is alive and active when a foamy cloud appears.
Combine the remaining ingredients (except the olive oil) in a large bowl and whisk together. Add to the mixing bowl. Add the olive oil and knead on low speed for 8-10 minutes. If kneading by hand, knead an additional 5 minutes.
Place the dough in a well-oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside to rise until doubled in volume. This can take 1-2 hours. The dough can also be stored in the refrigerator for a slow-rise overnight or up to 4 days.
Preheat the oven to 525 °F, 275 °C.
TIP: For best results place a pizza stone in the oven while it is preheating. This will help create a wonderful pizza crust.
Punch the dough down and divide into 5-6 pieces or more if you’re making smaller pizza boats.
Lightly flour your work surface and roll out each piece of dough into an oblong shape about 10-12 inches long and 6-7 inches wide.
Brush lightly with the herbed olive oil. Sprinkle some crumbled feta around the edges of dough and roll the dough over the feta to form a crust all around. Place onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
Place your favorite fillings in the center. Here are some of my favorite combinations:
2-4 tablespoons of pizza sauce
Combination of shredded gouda and mozzarella cheese
Sliced onions and bell peppers
A layer of basic meat sauce topped with shredded cheese
Tomato Sauce, onions, mushroom slices and an egg
There are so many options for the filling. This is a great time to use up any leftovers in your refrigerator: roasted chicken, roasted veggies, spinach, etc... Get creative!
Lightly brush the crust with the herbed oil and bake for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!