Garlic Lover’s Pizza

by Erin

Last month for Secret Recipe Club, you may recall me resisting the urge to make a recipe from my assigned blog last month that was actually from another SRC member. As luck would have it, I am assigned to that other blog this month – Kudo’s Kitchen! Although it obviously has been featured on another SRC reveal day in the past, I thought it was worthy of a repeat.

Garlic Lover's Pizza 1

This recipe makes one large pizza, but you could easily make two medium ones and is what I would have done if I had used my pizza stone (since it’s smaller than my pizza pan). Either way, this pizza is a garlic lover’s dream. Both the crust and the toppings are bursting with garlic, so vampires beware. I personally love garlic so I used 8 cloves in the toppings instead of the indicated 5 in the recipe. Who says garlic breath is a bad thing?

Garlic Lover's Pizza 2

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Serves 4



3/4 cup water

3/4 cup beef stock

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1-1/2 Tbsp dried minced onion

3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour

1 package active dry yeast

1 Tbsp garlic powder

2 tsp dried basil (I used 2 Tbsp fresh, minced)

2 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried thyme (I used 1 Tbsp fresh, minced)

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp salt

2 Tbsp sugar


2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

5 (or more) freshly grated garlic cloves

4 red ripe tomatoes, sliced into 1/4″ thickness

1 log (16 oz.) fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced into 1/4″ thickness

Fresh or dried basil and oregano, to taste


  1. Over low heat in a small saucepan, heat the water, stock, butter, and onions until the butter is just melted. Allow to cool slightly so that you can comfortably stick your finger in and not be burned.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients, starting with only 3-1/2 cups of flour.  More may be necessary later.
  3. Add the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients in the large bowl and mix until moistened.  Stir in enough remaining flour (if needed) to form a soft but not sticky dough.  Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top.  Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.  When dough has fully risen, punch down and allow to rest for at least 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  6. After the dough has risen, add approximately 1 tablespoon cornmeal to the surface of your pizza pan.  Using your fingertips, spread the dough out to fit the size of the pan (I used a large 16-inch pizza pan), pinching the edges to form a crust.
  7. Pre-bake the crust for approximately 15 minutes.
  8. After the initial pre-baking, take the crust from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.  Using your fingertips, lightly dimple the top of the crust to form little wells.
  9. Using a pastry brush, and being liberal, gently brush the olive oil on top of the crust.  Next, sprinkle garlic over the crust. Then arrange tomatoes on top of your crust making sure to cover as much or surface area as possible.
  10. Next, layer on the fresh mozzarella cheese however you choose and sprinkle the top with additional basil and oregano.
  11. Increase your oven temperature to 400 degrees and slip your pizza into the oven for approximately 20 minutes or until the cheese is browned and bubbly. Allow to cool slightly before cutting.

Source: Kudo’s Kitchen


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April @ Angel's Homestead March 9, 2013 - 4:56 am

This would surely cause major garlic breath, but would be so worth it. It looks delicious.

Thank you so much for being a member of the Secret Recipe Club and sharing your cooking talents with us.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts February 27, 2013 - 6:14 pm

Totally garlic lovers in this house, and I love making my own pizza. This looks incredible!

kirstin February 26, 2013 - 2:43 pm

oh wow! I LOVE homemade pizza and this sounds really really good. Glad you chose it.

Jessica@AKitchenAddiction February 26, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Love garlic! This is my kind of pizza!

Jenn February 26, 2013 - 10:39 am

OMG this looks amazing! Wonderful SRC choice :) I will be making it Friday for meatless Friday dinner :)

sallybr February 26, 2013 - 8:28 am

Great looking pizza! We tend to make pizza from scratch once a month during winter and more often in warm months – yours is mouthwatering… :-)

Renee - Kudos Kitchen February 26, 2013 - 7:44 am

You did my recipe proud!!! Your pizza looks completely tempting and delicious! Good choice :)

Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) February 26, 2013 - 6:18 am

I love garlic pizza!! Especially with toppings. I should really get a pizza stone, I’ve heard they are great.

spiffycookie February 26, 2013 - 8:41 am

You totally need a pizza stone! And a peel to shimmy it onto the stone.

Kim - Liv Life February 25, 2013 - 10:46 pm

I can see myself making a pretty darn big dent in a pizza like this one! I’m intrigued by the crust ingredients, the beef broth is nothing I’ve heard of before, but I think I’m eager to try!

ashley - baker by nature February 25, 2013 - 9:32 pm

Oh, garlic…. how I love thee! This pizza and I would get on just finnnneeeeeee.

Rebekah @ Making Miracles February 25, 2013 - 6:54 pm

That looks WONDERFUL!! We had homemade pizza tonight as well – though it was BBQ Chicken for us. Garlic lovers would go over well here too, though my boys would demand some form of meat on there… maybe some sausage. :) Thanks for sharing!

Melissa February 25, 2013 - 6:54 pm

We make pizza just about every week and we are always looking for different topping ideas. I will definitely be giving this one a try! Thanks for sharing :)

Cindy Harris February 25, 2013 - 5:41 pm

We love homemade pizza at our house, this looks delicious!

vanillasugarblog February 25, 2013 - 5:39 pm

that is one good looking pizza!
I am a garlic lover!
yes indeed! lol

JanetFCTC February 25, 2013 - 4:58 pm

This pizza looks amazing, Erin. Garlic, cheese and crusty bread. What more could anyone want? :-D

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) February 25, 2013 - 3:35 pm

This garlic lover loves this pizza ;)

amy @ fearless homemaker February 25, 2013 - 3:17 pm

I looooove garlic so this is right up my alley. awesome choice for SRC!

AnneJisca February 25, 2013 - 1:51 pm

Mmmm, looks delicious!! I love garlic. :)

SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen February 25, 2013 - 1:14 pm

Interesting use of stock in the crust! That pizza looks delicious, wish I had a slice for lunch.

Tracey February 25, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Oh my word. I haven’t made homemade pizza in forever and this just sounds so awesome – I am definitely a huge garlic lover!

Shari, The Saucy Gourmet February 25, 2013 - 12:39 pm

I love pizza and the crust on this one looks amazing. I know I will be making this VERY soon!

Lindsay (life and kitchen) February 25, 2013 - 12:28 pm

I love garlic AND pizza, so I can’t wait to put them together. I’ll definitely make this soon!

Sarah E. February 25, 2013 - 11:38 am

I’d have garlic breath for days for this pizza. It looks SO good. SO worth it :)

Happy Reveal Day!
P.S. I added you to the hop :)

spiffycookie February 25, 2013 - 11:45 am

Aw thanks. I was just about to do that!

Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen February 25, 2013 - 11:27 am

Garlic Lover’s Pizza…yep that’s me!! NOM


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