This past fourth, Jane and I decided to take it easy vs previous years. We had friends coming for the weekend, so we thought resting up on Friday would be a good idea.
We wanted to spend some time working on a recipe that was fun and somewhat easy to do. There had been one thing we’ve been wanting to make for a while now since we had our mixer and that was: greek pizza dough.
For starters, pizza is amazing and well, who doesn’t like making pizza? It’s easy and fun. We normally opt to head to our local Trader Joe’s and pick up their pizza dough. However, we thought we’d commit to this and make it for the blog. Thus, our homemade greek pizza was born.
If you’ve never made a pizza at home it is a fun experience. You basically combine all your favorite things on a bed of dough and bake. It’s simple and somehow taste so much better than ordering it. This is especially true for those of you who prefer thin crust, like Jane and I do.
For the toppings, we wrote down every “Greek” ingredient we could think of. Since there really isn’t a traditional greek pizza, anything that inspired greek flavors would do.
We came up with:
Feta, Kalamata olives, red onions, bell peppers, spinach, garlic, thyme, marjoram, artichoke hearts, basil, olive oil, and oregano.
The above are either popular ingredients in greek cuisine, or ones that remind us of greek flavors.
You’ll see in the recipe below what we actually used and how much. Keep in mind that it’s just a base, so feel free to add/change/alter anything to fix to your liking.
As for the homemade greek pizza dough, we took a basic dough recipe and added olive oil and oregano to the mix, since those are two staples in greek cuisine. The adding of the herb came to us from Trader Joe’s herb dough, which has a few different herbs in it.
We fell in love with the end result. The pizza was so delicious and we felt all the ingredients balanced each other nicely. Just the perfect amount of flavors. Of course, if you decide to make this, and we hope you do, we encourage you to alter anything to your liking.
Let us know if you make it!
-Kenton & Jane
PS. In Greek pizza is called: λαδένια (lathenia) *If too dry add more water, too wet add more flour.
Greek Pizza Dough:
Greek Pizza Toppings:
** We like thin crust pizza, so we rolled ours out pretty thin, maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch. We used the leftover dough to make breadsticks.
*If too dry add more water, too wet add more flour.