Recipe courtesy of Rosanna Pansino
Total:
1 hr 5 min
Active:
30 min
Yield:
12 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
1 hr 5 min
Active:
30 min
Yield:
12 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Pesto Sauce:
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pizza Dough:
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • One 1/4-ounce package active dry yeast
  • 3 cups bread flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for greasing
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
Holiday Pizzas:
  • 4 ounces mozzarella, half sliced into small rectangles and half grated
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • 4 cloves crushed roasted garlic, optional
  • 2 cups ricotta
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/4 cup small triangles orange bell pepper

Directions

Watch how to make this recipe.

Special equipment: a stocking-shaped cookie cutter; 2 circular cookie cutters, one small and one larger

For the pesto: In the bowl of a food processor, combine the basil, lemon juice, pine nuts and garlic, and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add the oil and process until combined, and then add the cheese and some salt and pepper, and pulse until it all comes together. Use immediately or store in airtight container until ready to use.

For the dough: In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 cup warm water, the sugar and yeast until frothy. Add about half of the flour and mix with a spoon until it forms a loose dough, then add the oil and salt and continue mixing until combined. Transfer the dough to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook and mix on low speed, adding the remaining flour a little at a time. Knead the dough on medium speed until it springs back when poked, 3 to 5 minutes. Place the dough in an oiled bowl to rest for 5 minutes.

For the pizzas: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Separate the pizza dough into two equal parts and roll each part out to 1/4-inch thick on a floured surface.

Using a stocking-shaped cookie cutter, cut out the pizzas from one half of the dough, then place the pizzas on a prepared baking sheet. Spread some pesto over the dough. Place the rectangles of mozzarella at top of the stocking. Sprinkle the basil over the pesto, and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

Using one large circular cookie cutter and one smaller circular cookie cutter, cut out equal amounts of each size from the other half of the dough. Overlap the smaller circle on the large circle to create a snowman shape and place on a prepared baking sheet. Drizzle the snowmen with a little olive oil and then place the garlic over the top if using. Spread the ricotta to cover the pizzas and sprinkle the grated mozzarella over the top. Place black olive slices for buttons and eyes, and the orange bell peppers for the nose. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Serve immediately. 

Cook's Note

If necessary, make the dough ahead of time and hold overnight in the refrigerator. Rest the dough at room temperature for 1 hour before rolling out. To serve at a party, prep the pizzas ahead of time, then cook about 10 minutes before the guests arrive so they are hot and fresh when the party starts.

Categories:

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Pizza

Recipe courtesy of Ciro's

Pizza

Recipe courtesy of Joseph Simmons

Pizza Pizzas

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

Holiday Eggnog

Recipe courtesy of Katie Stipe

Holiday Salad

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Holiday Biscotti

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Holiday Salad

Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse

Holiday Biscotti

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Cooking Tips 3 Videos

Step-by-step photos

Eggs 101: Poached 01:24

These easy steps will have you poaching eggs to perfection in no time.

Similar Topics:

On TV

Tia Mowry at Home

7:30am | 6:30c

Tia Mowry at Home

8:30am | 7:30c

Tia Mowry at Home

9:30am | 8:30c

Unique Eats

10am | 9c

Unique Eats

10:30am | 9:30c

Unique Eats

11am | 10c

Unique Eats

11:30am | 10:30c

Unique Sweets

12pm | 11c

Unique Sweets

12:30pm | 11:30c

Unique Sweets

1pm | 12c

Unique Sweets

1:30pm | 12:30c

Unique Sweets

2:30pm | 1:30c

Unwrapped

3pm | 2c

Unwrapped

3:30pm | 2:30c

Unwrapped

4pm | 3c

Unwrapped

5pm | 4c

Unwrapped

6pm | 5c

Top 5 Restaurants

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Guilty Pleasures

8pm | 7c

Guilty Pleasures

8:30pm | 7:30c

Guilty Pleasures

9:30pm | 8:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

10pm | 9c

Unwrapped 2.0

10:30pm | 9:30c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Guilty Pleasures

12:30am | 11:30c

Guilty Pleasures

1:30am | 12:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

2:30am | 1:30c

Good Eats

3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c

So Much Pretty Food Here