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BBQ Black Bean Pizza

Ingredients

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

  • 3 cup whole wheat bread flour or use 2 C regular whole wheat flour and 2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons italian seasoning
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal

For the Pizza:

  • 2 cans black beans rinsed and drained or sub an equal amount of previously cooked chicken for a BBQ chicken pizza
  • 1/2 cup barbeque sauce homemade or look for one that has minimal ingredients
  • 1 large onion or 2 small, sliced or diced
  • 2 sweet peppers thinly sliced I used red, but any color will work
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 2-3 cups mozzarella cheese

Instructions

For the dough:

  1. Mix all ingredients except the olive oil and cornmeal the night before just with a spoon till it's mostly combined and leave covered in a large bowl in a cool place on the counter overnight.  Before preparing your ingredients for your pizza remove the dough from the bowl onto a well floured surface and fold over itself a few times just till the flour covers all the sticky surfaces as the dough will be very sticky.  Prepare two large baking sheets by dividing the oil between them and rubbing it all over the pan then sprinkle with the cornmeal.  Divide the dough in two(or you could even make 4 small pizzas) and shape into the desired shape and desired thickness using a little flour to prevent sticking your hands.  I made mine to match the pan so we had rectangular pizzas but make yours however you like.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Leave the dough on the counter while the oven heats up.  Once it's ready, put the crusts in for 10 minutes(depending on the thickness).  It should not be doughy anymore, but should not be browned at all yet

For the pizza:

  1. To assemble the pizzas spread equally divided barbeque sauce on the two previously prepared crusts.  Sprinkle the already cooked onions and peppers evenly over both pizzas and then spread out the black beans evenly over both pizzas and then top with cheese.  Then return the pizzas to the oven.  At this point I slide the pizzas directly onto the rack in the oven so that the bottom crisps up.  I definitely recommend doing that, but be careful not to drop your pizza.  Bake at 425 degrees for another 10-15 minutes till the bottom begins to turn golden and crispy and then broil just till the cheese on top gets golden brown and bubbles which should only take a couple minutes. You may have to switch racks in the middle to ensure both pizzas are done properly if you put them on two different racks.  Remove pizzas from the oven and cool for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

Recipe Notes

When I made this I made one pepperoni pizza for my husband using a tomato sauce, pepperoni, onion and cheese.  You can always use half the dough and make one pizza(or two smaller ones) and store the remaining dough in the fridge as long as you use it within a few days.  Or you could make a smaller version of the focaccia in the original recipe to use for sandwiches as it's very good that way too.  Or you could also cook the crust as in the first part of the recipe and then cool it completely and freeze it to use the next time you want pizza.  If you do only end up making half, make sure to half the toppings in the recipe.