the worthless cat, a fall, and a holy pizza

18 | July 8, 2010

So, yesterday morning my alarm goes off to get me out of bed and to the gym. I take one look at it and throw it to the ground. Screw the butt busting stair climber, this mama needed her sleep. I lay in bed and of course can’t get back to sleep but now it’s to late to go to the gym. I finally get out of bed, say hi to my good for nothing cat, and get my jeans from the closet. I think to my self I should have really gone to the gym because I can already tell this day is going to be a rough one. I put one leg into my jeans. Then the next. This should be simple, right? But oh no, my foot gets stuck in the crotch of my jeans. Out of nowhere my body revolts against me and refuses to move my stuck foot. So I start hopping around the room like a bunny on crack. It wasn’t long before the inevitable happened and I came crashing down hard on the wood floors. Yes, it hurt but not as much as the humiliation did. At least only the cat was watching and of course did nothing to help. He could have come down to save me from humiliation and act as if I purposely did it for him so I could pet him on his level. Worthless, I tell you.

I know it’s weird, but it was in this moment that I had an epiphany, no a craving. A craving for the best pizza in the world or Texas at least. A pizza only found in downtown Fort Worth in a place called Taverna. From then on I knew my day would follow down the road it started on if I did not have this pizza. Unfortunately, I live far away from Cowtown so I was left to my own devices. I had no other choice but to make my own version. What happened to the rest of my day you ask? Pure freakin’ bliss. All because of this holy pizza.

Pizza Bianca

Pizza Dough from Cooking for Seven adapted from New Best Recipe

  • 1/2 cup warm water (about 110°)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast,or 1 packet (1/4 oz)
  • 1 1/4 cups water, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups (20 ounces) white whole wheat flour (or regular your choice)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • Olive oil or butter, for greasing the bowl

Pizza Bianca makes 1 medium pizza

  • pizza dough
  • flour, for rolling out dough
  • dash of cornmeal, optional
  • 5 to 7 oz fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 pound prosciutto, about  6 slices thinly cut
  • handful (about a cup) of  arugula
  • parmesan shavings, about 6 or so depends on your love of the parm

For the pizza dough:

Place the 1/2 cup warm water in a small bowl. Add the yeast and stir. Let sit for about 5 minutes, or until the yeast begins to swell. Add to the room temperature water and oil and stir.

Place the flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix briefly until combined. With mixer on low speed, slowly add the liquid ingredients. Mix just until a cohesive dough forms. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes. I’m not this fancy so I just used my hand mixer fit with beaters and a later a hook. I’ve also used a spoon and later used my hands to knead the dough.

Change to the dough hook attachment. Knead the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic, about 5-10 minutes.

Oil or butter a medium-sized bowl. Transfer the dough to the prepared bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot. Allow to rise for 1 ½-2 hours, or until double in volume. The dough is now ready to be used in your recipe.  Makes enough dough for approximately 3 large thin-crust pizzas. With a knife, cut the dough ball into thirds and separate. Just wrap whatever you don’t use in plastic wrap and freeze for a later date. It might seem intimidating but it really is easy. if I can do it with an active toddler around so can you!

Now for the pizza!

Preheat oven to 500°

Place a handful of flour on a counter and on a rolling pin. With a rolling pin, roll out the dough until thin and about 10 to 12 inches in diameter.

Put a small handful of cornmeal on a pizza stone or baking sheet and transfer the pizza dough onto it. Drizzle olive oil on top and brush on dough. Sprinkle salt on top of dough.

Place the mozzarella on top and put in the oven for 13 to 15 minutes.

How awesome does this look already! Allow to cool for a second. Next, place the prosciutto, arugula and parmesan on top. Slice and serve!

Thank you Taverna I hope to see you soon but for now this will do!


  • Ash

    good Lord! that looks amazing!!! I need to find a good friend who will make one for me, sinse I don’t cook!

  • Tickled Red

    Oh yum!! You should fall down more often darlin’.

  • Kocinera

    Nothing soothes a bruised ego faster than a deeelicious pizza, I always say.

    Is that what I always say?

    Well, after seeing this pizza, it is now! :D

  • Tanya


  • Tani

    laughing and laughing at your description of putting on jeans. I followed a link from mac & cheese to you – glad I stopped in to read = )

  • Katies Cooking

    wow this looks amazing! My favorite pizza here in Seattle is the same thing, but they take it over the top by drizzling some reduced balsamic over the arugula to finish. So glad I have a recipe to make it at home now, thanks!

    • In Sock Monkey Slippers

      I totally thought about that too because that’s a perfect pairing! But I was too afraid to mess with a good thing. I’ll definitely will have to try it now. Thanks for the tip!

  • Caitlin

    This looks wonderful! It very much resembles the pizza we had in Italy in March–and I miss that pizza so! I will have to try this soon. Thank you for the recipe!


    • In Sock Monkey Slippers

      Thanks Caitlin! You’re exactly right. It’s a traditional Italian pizza and since I can’t fly to Italy or even visit a real pizzeria often I had to make my own. Unfortunately, now every time I see a photo I get hungry. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Sarah C.

    Beautiful photos…followed you here from Tasty Kitchen. I look forward to reading more. :)

    • In Sock Monkey Slippers

      Thanks! We’re a little bit foodie, a little bit mom, and a little bit crazy. Come back anytime!

  • Erine MacDonale

    OH MY WORD! I just tried your pizza recipe and it was FANTASTIC! I am never ordering delivery again! THANK YOU!

  • Amy

    Pizza Dough

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