I have developed a fascination for a store called, “The Dollar Tree” - where everything is just a dollar. We did not have Dollar Trees in Manhattan. A dollar buys very little in the Big Apple.
When you first walk into a Dollar Tree, you look around and think, “what a bunch of junk!” Twenty minutes later, you’re wheeling out with a cartful of stuff you had no idea you desperately needed! Among the treasures I’ve acquired - a little contraption that attaches to the edge of the restaurant table so you don’t have to put your purse on the floor, an inflatable pool float that looked a lot bigger in the picture on the package, polka dot garden gloves, a bag of river rocks, some really cute note pads, and a gigantic sack of rubber bands because, well, it was just a dollar.
Now, I’m going to tell you about something I recently discovered in the heretofore unexplored grocery section of The Dollar Tree and I’m going to trust that those of you who live in central Virginia don’t go and wipe out the entire supply. These dollar-each 12-inch Ultra Thin Pizza Crusts are so fine! They bake up nice and crispy and, while they are very thin, they are sturdy enough to hold a ton of toppings. They are also great for making grilled pizzas.
For the pizza in the photo I started by smearing roasted garlic all over the crust. I then laid on thick slices of fresh mozzarella, dollops of goat cheese, and a sprinkling of Parmesan. I covered the entire surface with peperonata (click here for recipe) and halved grape tomatoes. I baked it on a perforated pizza pan at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. Before serving I topped the pie with fresh basil, a tiny sprinkling of hot pepper flakes and just a skoch more parm. So. Good.
Was it fate? Would I have discovered these crusts if the Whole Foods parking lot hadn’t been jammed? Who knows! All I know is that for a girl who generally insists on making her pizza dough from scratch, these bad boys are quite a revelation. Tonight I’m going to try a white pizza with roasted butternut squash and drizzle of white truffle oil.