Black Bean Pizza with Whole Wheat Crust

Get out the napkins! This vegetarian creation combines black-bean spread, Jack cheese, tomatoes, onions, olives, and pickled jalapenos, making it a cross between a nacho and a pizza.   

For an extra indulgent treat, top with low-fat sour cream. Beer Pairing: Spicy dishes require spicy beers; opt for an India Pale Ale (IPA).  

If you're not a hophead, brown ales' malty sweetness complements the pizza's sweeter ingredients.  

Easy Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons lukewarm water (105-115°) 1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons) 1 teaspoon sugar

Ingredients

½ teaspoon salt 1 cup whole-wheat flour 1 cup bread flour or all-purpose flour, plus additional for dusting 2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal

2 medium English cucumbers, thinly sliced ⅔ cup crumbled feta cheese

Topping

1 cup canned black beans, rinsed ½ cup chopped jarred roasted red peppers 1 medium clove garlic, quartered 1 tablespoon chili powder ¼ teaspoon salt Yellow cornmeal, for dusting

Topping

1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese 2 medium plum tomatoes, diced 4 medium scallions, thinly sliced ¼ cup chopped pitted ripe black olives 2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapeños

Directions

Stir water, yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl; let stand until the yeast has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Stir in whole-wheat flour, bread flour (or all-purpose flour) and cornmeal until the dough begins to come together.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. (Alternatively, mix the dough in a food processor. Process until it forms a ball, then process for 1 minute to knead.)

Place the dough in an oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and set aside in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

When you're ready to make your pizza, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Dust the top with flour; dimple with your fingertips to shape into a thick, flattened circle--don't worry if it's not perfectly symmetrical. Then use a rolling pin to roll into a circle about 14 inches in diameter.

Place beans, peppers, garlic, chili powder and salt in a food processor and process until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.

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