Armenian Style Pizza with Garlic Sauce

Armenian Style Pizza with Garlic Sauce

  • Makes: 2 x 14-inch pizzas (8 slices each pizza)
  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 60 minutes
  • 1 lb (500 g) ground beef or ground lamb (or combination of both)
  • Half each sweet green pepper, sweet red pepper and sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon each chopped fresh parsley and chopped fresh mint, divided
  • 2 teaspoon each salt, sweet paprika, ground cumin and ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 recipe Pizza Dough
  • All-purpose flour, for rolling

Garlic Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup 5% cream
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

1. To food processor bowl, add sweet green and red pepper and sweet onion. Pulse to mix until finely chopped yet still a bit chunky.

2. Transfer vegetable mixture to a fine mesh strainer, pressing and squeezing out excess liquid. Discard liquid (or save for another use); place vegetable mixture in large bowl.

3. Add parsley and mint, salt, paprika, cumin and coriander, lemon juice and both black and cayenne pepper; stir to blend.

4. Add ground meat, mixing well. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

5. Preheat oven to 400°F.

6. Divide Pizza Dough in half, wrapping one half in plastic wrap and placing it in refrigerator. On a lightly floured surface, roll out remaining dough in a round sized to fit a PADERNO Professional Non-Stick Round Pizza Crisper Pan, 14-in.

7. Using half of the meat mixture, spread evenly on dough. Cover and refrigerate remaining meat mixture.

8. Transfer pizza on Crisper Pan to middle rack of the preheated oven; bake for 24 to 30 minutes, or until meat mixture has browned and the crust is crisp and golden.

9. Sprinkle top of pizza with remaining parsley and mint; let rest for 2 minutes. Serve with Garlic Sauce.

10. Garlic Sauce: In a Vida by PADERNO Elite Series Stainless Steel, 1.1 L saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the garlic; sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the cream; bring to a boil.

11. In a small bowl, dissolve cornstarch in the cold water; whisk into the garlic cream mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes.

12. Add the parmesan cheese, parsley, paprika and black pepper; mix well. Remove from heat and let stand 2 minutes.

13. To serve, drizzle some of the Garlic Sauce over the pizza.

Tip: Make a second pizza right away or keep remaining Pizza Dough and meat mixture or refrigerated for up to 2 days. Let Garlic Sauce cool; cover and refrigerate it for up to 4 days.