Stock Your Pantry for Pizza Night

Visit the Co-op for all the ingredients to make your perfect pizza at home. Use our new handmade, artisan pizza dough from the Co-op’s bakery. Made with Shepherd’s Grain flour, it’s the same dough we use for the pizzas at Third Street Cafe. Find it in our freezer aisle. Packages of Third Street Cafe dough are just $1.99, and each dough ball makes one 10-inch pizza. Simply thaw and roll out the dough with a little bit of flour, then add your favorite sauce, proteins, toppings and voilà – you’ve got gourmet pizza at home! And pizza is just the (delicious) beginning. You can use our pizza dough to make calzones, naan, stuffed rolls, hand pies and more!

Here are some of our favorite ingredients for building the best pizza in your own kitchen.

Get Saucy

Good sauce is the foundation of a pizza. Mild or spicy, it sets the tone for the entire pizza experience. Opt for a classic red tomato sauce your base, or try something different. Use a high quality extra virgin olive oil and seasonings for a mild sauce and add a variety of savory or sweet toppings. Or try using barbecue, Thai peanut or another favorite sauce for interesting flavor combinations.

  • Spiceology Pi Italian Herb Blend – $7.29 per 2.1 oz – non-GMO ingredients, made locally in Spokane, WA. Add this flavor formula including garlic, basil, dried peppers to season pizza, flatbreads, pasta dishes, dressings and more.
  • Séka Hills Picual Extra Virgin Olive Oil – $14.99 per 8.4 oz – Smooth and sweet, this estate grown California olive oil is exclusively harvested from Picual olives. It has a delicate to medium intensity, with tomato leaf aroma followed by flavors of green almond and herbs. Elegant and grassy, the oil is made by the Native American Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. They named the it Séka Hills, after the blue hills where they grown olives in the beautiful Capay Valley.
  • Field Day Organic Pizza Sauce – $1.99 per 15.5 oz – a traditional homemade tasting sauce made from 100% organic ingredients. It’s naturally gluten free and vegan and packaged in a reusable glass jar so you can store leftover sauce after opening.

Cheesey

Any cheese can be a pizza topping. From fresh mozzarella to aged cheddar; from salty blue to tangy goat cheese, cheese makes a great dance partner to pizza.

  • Ferndale Farmstead Fresh Mozzarella – $4.99 per 8 oz.; $8.99 per 1 pound. Creamy and sliceable this locally made Italian-style mozzarella is perfect for pizza topping, Caprese salads and more. Read more about the Ferndale Farmstead’s mission and techniques here.
  • BelGioioso American Grana Parmesan – $6.99 per lb. Aged over 18 months for rich, intense nutty flavor, this parmesan-style cheese is made in Wisconsin from raw cow’s milk. Ideal for grating, shredding and shaving, this firm cheese has a granular texture and flavor that pairs well with various styles of pasta, pizza and roasted vegetables.

Top It Off

Olli Salumeria Sliced Salame – $4.99 per 4 oz each – Slow cured, made in the USA without added nitrates, Olli Salumeria has a range of tasty flavors to choose from. Try their thinly sliced Pepperoni Classic American Salame, Spicy Cabrese with Sangiovese Wine or Robust Sopressata, seasoned with garlic and black peppercorns.

Cucina & Amore Artichoke Bruschetta  – This topping is a modern twist on the traditional central Italian bruschetta snack, typically made from finely chopped savory ingredients. Cucina & Amore’s version is a tasty blend of heart-friendly artichoke hearts, garlic and seasonings. Add it to thin sliced or toasted bread or use as a pizza topping, dip or salad dressing. Cucina & Amore’s Artichoke Bruschetta topping is vegan, gluten free and made without preservatives or GMO ingredients.

Tierra Farm Organic Pine Nuts: $6.99 per 4 oz. Raw and fresh from Tierra Farms in Valatie, NY, these nuts are rich and flavorful. The culinary uses for pine nuts are nearly endless. Their smooth, creamy texture and mildly nutty taste make a great addition to meat, fish, salad, and vegetable dishes. High protein and dietary fiber, these nuts are rich in iron to keep you energized.

Fresh Herbs: add local organic fresh herbs to your pizza. Select whole leaf basil, parsley, oregano, sage, marjoram and more can add bright flavors and color to a homemade pizza. Visit our Produce Department to find fresh and locally grown herbs for the perfect pizza garnish.

 

Favorite Combos & Pairings

Simple pepperoni or cheese pizza is satisfying, but there is plenty of room to get creative. Add your favorite meat, cheese, seasonal veggies or fruit. Try pizza for breakfast. Like salad with your pizza? Serve tossed greens directly on top of baked pizza, as a crisp and cooling compliment.

Photo: Spinach-Egg Breakfast Pizza from tasteofhome.com

Beer, cider and wine (red or white) pair well with pizza. Pairings are a suggestion and starting point – we all taste food slightly differently, so drink what you want with what you eat. A few recommendations: fans of robust, rich spicy meats pizzas should try an intense yet balanced Sangiovese or Cabernet Franc as a foil to pizzas with rich or spicy meats. Pair pizzas with delicate ingredients, such as fresh herbs and fruits with a Dry Rose or fresh-tasting Verdejo white wine. Hawaiian-style pizza with pineapple, or other types of pie with sweet-salty toppings often pair well with slightly sweeter wines, such as Riesling or Zinfandel.

Chevre, Fig & Honey Pizza

Sauce: Olive oil / Cheese: crumbled fresh Goat Chevre / Toppings: Sliced figs, fresh thyme, drizzle of honey, pine nuts, cracked black pepper / Variations: try Blue cheese instead of goat, add sliced leek or onion

Beer/Cider: Try something bright and lively, such as Aslan’s Disco Lemonade Berliner Weisse Sour – $10.99 per 6pk; or 2Towns Ginja Ninja Hard Apple Cider  – $11.99 per 6pk

Wine Pairing: Pinot Gris or Gewürztraminer

Arugula Salad Pizza

Sauce: Field Day Organic Pizza Sauce / Cheese: Shaved BelGioioso American Grana Parmesan / Toppings: Thinly sliced onion, arugula, lemon juice, and olive oil / Variations: add diced Pancetta ham or smoked bacon to play off the tangy, bitter greens

Beer/Cider Pairing: Farmstrong Brewing’s Valley Gold Lager is a crisp and refreshing option – $9.99 per 6-pk 16 oz cans. Semi-dry Tieton Wild Washington Hard Apple Cider plays nicely with the bitter greens and robust sauce – $10.49 per 6-pk 12 oz cans.

Wine Pairing: Spicy and savory Chianti or Cabernet Franc

Thai Peanut Pizza with Cucumbers & Sprouts

Sauce: Thai Peanut Sauce / Toppings: Cucumber, scallions, sprouts, peanuts, red chile, lime juice / Variations: Add chicken, shrimp or tofu for extra protein

Beer/Cider: Kulshan Brewing’s Sunnyland India Pale Ale tames the heat with modest bitterness – $9.99 per 6pk 12 oz cans; or One Tree Cider’s sweet and herbal Lemon Basil Hard Cider – $6.99 per 22 oz.

Wine: Chardonnay or Sparkling Vinho Verde

Baking Instructions: Let thawed pizza dough sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, or 3 hours if frozen, before handling. Preheat oven to 500°F. Roll dough out on a floured surface. Bake on a sheet pan or preheated pizza stone for 12-15 minutes, or until crust turns golden brown.

By: Claire

ClaireClaire Harlock Garber loves to eat and drink and write about it. She has worked in the food industry for nearly a decade and was on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op from 2010-2018, writing the regular columns Skagit Brew Corner, The Cheese Whisperer, The Bounty of Bulk, and What's Dippin' in the Well for the Co-op's blog, as well as articles for the Natural Enquirer newsletter.