Petite Pizzas

Makes 8 appetizer servings

1/2 cup warm water (110 -115 degrees)
3/4 tsp active dry yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
3/4 cup bread flour or all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
Pizza Sauce (see below)
1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 oz Italian turkey sausage, crumbled and cooked
2/3 cup sliced mushrooms, cooked until soft
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup (1 oz) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

To prepare crust, place warm water in small bowl. Sprinkle yeast and sugar
on top; stir to combine. Let stand 10 minutes or until bubbly. Combine flours and
salt in medium bowl. Stir in oil and yeast mixture; mix until smooth. Remove
dough to lightly floured work surface. Knead 5 minutes or until dough is smooth
and elastic. Place dough in medium bowl sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
Turn dough in bowl so top is coated with cooking spray; cover with towel.
Let rise in warm place 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk. Punch down dough;
place on lightly floured surface and knead 2 minutes more. Cover with towel
and let rise 20 minutes more. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into 32
circles with 2-inch cookie or biscuit cutter. Place on baking sheet sprayed
with cooking spray. (Combine scraps of dough and roll out again to obtain 32
circles, if necessary. Prepare Pizza Sauce (recipe below). Place about 1/2 tsp
sauce on each dough round. Spread sauce gently, leaving a small border of crust.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine bell pepper and onion in small bowl.
Evenly sprinkle on top of sauce. Place sausage on half the pizzas and 1 or 2
mushroom slices on each of remaining pizzas. Evenly sprinkle cheeses on pizzas.
Bake 10 minutes or until cheese melts. Serve immediately. (to reheat, warm
pizzas in 250 degree oven 10 minutes.) Garnish with fresh basil, if desired.

*You may substitute all-purpose flour for bread flour; however,
bread flour works better with yeast since it contains more gluten.
It also contains more Vitamin C and potassium.

Pizza Sauce

1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 tbsp chopped fresh basil or 1 tsp dried basil leaves
1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves
Dash salt and black pepper

Heat oil in small saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute,
being careful not to brown garlic. Add tomato sauce, basil and oregano;
simmer 20 minutes. Stir in salt and pepper.

SERVING SIZE:  2 sausage pizzas and 2 mushroom pizzas

POINTS:  4 (3)

PER SERVING: 148 Calories/4 g Total Fat/1 g Saturated Fat/
357 mg Sodium/22 g Total Carbohydrate/
2 g Dietary Fiber/7 g Protein

* Whenever possible, I calculate ALL my Points on my website with my Offline Points Calculator
in the Half Points Mode, which rounds UP to the nearest Half Point. This keeps my site consistent.

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