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Shtalp-Topped Pizza Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 pound pizza dough
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup sliced pepperoni
- 1/4 cup sliced black olives
- 1/4 cup sliced red onion
- 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped mushrooms
- 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste

Special equipment needed:
- Pizza stone or baking sheet
- Rolling pin
- Pizza cutter

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C).

2. Roll out the pizza dough on a floured surface until it is about 1/4 inch thick.

3. Transfer the dough to a pizza stone or baking sheet.

4. Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges.

5. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese over the tomato sauce.

6. Add the sliced pepperoni, black olives, red onion, green bell pepper, and mushrooms on top of the cheese.

7. Crumble the feta cheese over the vegetables.

8. Drizzle the olive oil over the pizza.

9. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

10. Bake the pizza in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 12-15 minutes
Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C).
Serving size:
This recipe makes one 12-inch pizza, which serves 2-4 people.

Nutritional information:
Calories: 360
Fat: 16g
Saturated Fat: 6g
Cholesterol: 30mg
Sodium: 890mg
Carbohydrates: 39g
Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 4g
Protein: 16g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Instead of pepperoni, you can use cooked sausage, bacon, or ham.
- Instead of black olives, you can use sliced green olives or chopped sun-dried tomatoes.
- Instead of red onion, you can use sliced white or yellow onion.
- Instead of green bell pepper, you can use sliced red or yellow bell pepper.
- Instead of mushrooms, you can use sliced zucchini or eggplant.
- Instead of feta cheese, you can use shredded Parmesan or goat cheese.

- BBQ Chicken Pizza: Replace the tomato sauce with BBQ sauce and top with cooked chicken, red onion, and shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Margherita Pizza: Top the tomato sauce with sliced fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, and fresh mozzarella cheese.
- Veggie Pizza: Top the tomato sauce with your favorite vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, or spinach.

Tips and tricks:
- To prevent the pizza from sticking to the pizza stone or baking sheet, sprinkle cornmeal or flour on the surface before placing the dough on it.
- For a crispier crust, preheat the pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven for 10-15 minutes before adding the dough.
- To make the pizza more flavorful, add garlic, herbs, or spices to the tomato sauce or olive oil before spreading it on the dough.
- To make the pizza more filling, add cooked chicken, sausage, or bacon to the toppings.

Storage instructions:
- Store leftover pizza in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- To freeze leftover pizza, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil and store it in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Reheating instructions:
- To reheat leftover pizza, preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Place the pizza on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through and crispy.

Presentation ideas:
- Cut the pizza into slices and arrange them on a serving platter.
- Garnish the pizza with fresh herbs, such as basil, parsley, or oregano.
- Serve the pizza with a side salad or garlic bread.

- Fresh herbs, such as basil, parsley, or oregano
- Red pepper flakes
- Grated Parmesan cheese

- Beer, such as IPA or lager
- Red wine, such as Chianti or Cabernet Sauvignon
- Soft drinks, such as cola or lemon-lime soda

Suggested side dishes:
- Caesar salad
- Garlic bread
- Roasted vegetables

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the crust is too thick or too thin, adjust the amount of dough accordingly.
- If the pizza is too soggy, bake it for a few more minutes or place it on a wire rack to cool.
- If the cheese is not melted enough, bake the pizza for a few more minutes or broil it for a few seconds.

Food safety advice:
- Wash your hands and all utensils before handling food.
- Cook the pizza to an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) to ensure that it is safe to eat.
- Store leftover pizza in the refrigerator or freezer within 2 hours of cooking.

Food history:
Pizza originated in Italy in the 18th century and has since become a popular dish around the world. Shtalp-topped pizza is a variation of the classic pizza, which is topped with a variety of vegetables and meats.

Flavor profiles:
Shtalp-topped pizza is a savory and flavorful dish that combines the tangy tomato sauce, melted cheese, and crispy crust with the salty pepperoni, briny olives, sweet red onion, and earthy mushrooms. The feta cheese adds a creamy and tangy note to the pizza.

Serving suggestions:
Shtalp-topped pizza is a great dish to serve for a casual dinner party, game night, or movie night. Pair it with your favorite beverage and side dishes for a complete meal.

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Taste: Savory, Cheesy, Tangy, Spicy, Herby, Crispy