One of our favorite fall pairings has always been butternut squash soup and garlic butter pizza with provolone and mozzarella. We’ll have to make sure to share to share the soup recipe here soon, but today we’re sharing our garlic butter pizza recipe.
Let’s be honest who doesn’t love butter? A warm piece of bread is great, but you add some butter and suddenly it becomes other worldly. While we do believe in developing healthy eating habits, we also believe sometimes you’ve got to butter your bread! And your pizza crust. And while I’m not suggesting you consume it by the tub, science at least thinks butter in moderation is okay. Let’s go with that!
We usually have pizza night every Friday. A reward for the surviving the week. The kids love it because pizza is one of their favorites. The grown-ups love it because for once the kids are happy with dinner, it’s relatively easy to make, and pizza is also one of our favorites. So it’s a win-win for everyone. And a nice way to have an easy Friday night…we’re usually tired by Friday (Tuesday).
Pizza night is usually accompanied by a movie and we even let the kids eat in front of the tv (they do have to eat at a tray table). We usually fix a half pepperoni-half cheese pizza for the kids and then for the grown-ups we cycle through some of our favorites: Spinach Feta Pizza, Greek Pizza, Buffalo Chicken Pizza. And we’re totally trying this Roasted Butternut Squash Apple Burrata Pizza from Half Baked Harvest!
On most pizza nights–regardless of whether we order out or make homemade pizza–the kids don’t eat their pizza crust. So I help them out, of course (I know…I’m such a good parent). And then I wonder why I have a stomachache. I didn’t eat that much pizza I think…and then…oh right, I did also eat the crust from 8 kid slices. Oops. But when we make our garlic butter pizza a strange phenomenon occurs…the kids eat the crust. Huh? At first I wondered why this was, but then I realized…the crust has butter on it! And who doesn’t like butter?
For this garlic butter pizza crust we’ll usually spread on a mixture of butter and garlic salt, but this thyme around we really stepped up our game and used our Garlic Thyme Compound Butter. We had some in the freezer so it’s seemed silly not to! 🙂 I know, I know…sorry about the “thyme around” joke attempt above…I just can’t help myself. You come for the recipes, but you stay for the bad word play?
The garlic buttered crust is obviously a key component to this pizza recipe, but another thing we love about this is the addition of the provolone cheese to the mozzarella. It just works. We like it so much that we’ll often slip some provolone in whenever we’re making other pizza recipes that just call for mozzarella. Personal taste perhaps, but when you find something you like, go with it!
On to the Garlic Butter Pizza recipe:
- pizza crust (store bought or homemade pizza crust
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp thyme leaves
- 4 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 oz shredded provolone cheese
- preheat oven to 475 degrees fahrenheit
- melt butter
- stir garlic powder into butter
- Or instead of above you could use garlic thyme compound butter
- Roll out your crust and transfer to a pizza stone (recommended) or baking tray
- Spread butter evenly on crust
- Sprinkle on thyme
- Sprinkle on cheese
- Bake for 12 minutes
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