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California Pizza Kitchen Roasted Garlic Pizza Recipe.

Updated on August 17, 2011

This is the original recipe for California Pizza Kitchens Roasted Garlic Pizza.It's absolutely delicious. I have also included the dough recipe here- so you can make your own other variations as well, and I have included the garlic paste, and Roasted shallot recipe here as well. This is everything you will need to make your own California Pizza Kitchens Roasted Garlic Pizza.Keep this recipe safe because you will not find it anywhere on the Internet.

Making the dough

California Pizza kitchen's dough is handmade. It is not the same pizza that you can buy in the grocery store- well at least it doesn't taste the same. The only way to achieve this is to make the crust yourself. There is no shortcuts here.

This recipe makes dough for two 9-inch pizzas. Make at least 1 pizza for each person- however in my home I make enough for 2 pizza's per person. (Yes it's that delicious).

1 1/2 teaspoon of rapid rise yeast
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoon warm water from the sink. (The hottest it needs to be is 110 degrees F)
1 1/2 cups bread flour only
3 tsp sugar
1 teaspoon olive oil plus additional for coating
1 tsp salt

aluminum foil.

Flour for dusting.

Rolling pin.

To Make The Dough

Preheat the oven to the lowest setting possible- only warm. Dissolve the yeast in the water and set aside for approx 5 minutes. Do not use water that is hotter than 120 degrees F because it will kill your yeast. Use hot sink water. In about five minutes there will be a little froth on the bowl of yeast. This shows that it is working. (Note: Check the expiration date on your yeast before you use it). You don't want to go thru all the effort and have expired non working yeast.

Get out a big mixing bowl, and add your flour, salt, and sugar. Mix well and make a little well in the center. Slowly add your yeast water mix in the well and mix in the flour with a spoon. Mix well. The dough will be sticky. Do not over mix- this will ruin your dough. Make a dough ball and leave in the bowl.

Get out 2 sheets of foil and lay them out on your counter. Sprinkle a little flour on the foil, and then place your dough ball in the center. Lightly oil your hands and then start kneading for a couple minutes.

Get out another bowl and lightly oil the bowl just to coat. Place your dough ball in the bowl and turn once to coat the dough with the oil. Secure airtight with plastic wrap. Place in the oven just to warm.

Let sit for 2 hours in the oven to rise. A warm oven is extremely important. Room temperature will not rise your dough properly.

After 2 hours punch the dough down and separate it into two pieces. Form 2 nice balls. (If you are not making the pizza this same day than you can stick it in the refrigerator covered and sealed for only 1 day. ) (Then let it rise when you are ready to make it in a warm oven for 2 hours)

If you are making it the same day than place one ball back in the same bowl, and get out another bowl and lightly coat it with olive oil. Seal both very well with plastic wrap- airtight. Place back in the oven to warm for another 1 1/2 hours.

Heat your oven to 350.

After your time has passed- than you take your dough balls and roll them one by one into a 9 inch pizza. 1/2 inch thick. You also want to roll the edges so the end crust is bigger.( If you are wanting a stuffed cheese crust- like my daughter- than you slice string cheese and roll it in the edge of the crust making sure you cover the cheese completely).

At this point you are ready to dress your pizza. The original recipe calls for you to bake your pizza on a pizza stone- but I do not have one and we used round pizza pans and it turned out well. If you do decide to use a pizza stone you need to heat it in the oven for one hour to get nice and hot before use.

Roasted Garlic paste.

You will want to make this ahead and keep it in the refrigerator when ready. This is used for the garlic chicken pizza, but it taste good on any pizza, and gives it tons of flavor. You lightly brush your pizza crust with this just before you put on the toppings.

3/4 cup minced garlic
2 t olive oil
3 T cold water

First preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

In a small bowl add the garlic with the olive oil and mix well. Spread on the bottom of a baking pan and roast approx 30 minutes until browned. After the time has passed stir the garlic well and cook another 12 minutes. Let this cool to the touch and add it to a food processor along with the water and mix till it looks like a fine peanut butter. This makes about 1/4 cup.

California Pizza Kitchen Roasted Garlic Pizza Onion topping Ingredients.

This is the recipe for the onion topping that goes on the California Pizza Kitchen Roasted Garlic Pizza.

Garlic Shallot Butter with Lemon

4 Minced shallots (this is an onion in the produce isle in the grocery store)

3 T butter

1 1/2 T of minced Garlic

4 small sprigs of fresh thyme minced.

Sprinkle of white pepper.

1/4 cup chardonnay wine.

1 T fresh lemon juice

1 Chicken bouillon cube.


Turn your burner on medium and add your 1 Tablespoon of butter to the pan. Next add the minced garlic, thyme, and minced shallots. Continue to cook till the onions start to turn brown. Turn your burner to high heat, and add the sprinkle of white pepper, fresh lemon juice, chicken cube, and wine. Continue to stir , and cook until the mixture is reduced. Once it is reduced add your remainder 2 Tablespoons of butter, and keep on low until your pizza is ready. If you are making this pizza later- than place in an airtight container and keep refrigerated until ready to use.

California Pizza Kitchen Roasted Garlic pizza topping

Ok so lets recap: We have made the pizza dough, the garlic paste, and the garlic onion topping. All we need to do next is put together our remainder toppings.


1 3/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese per pizza.

1/4 cup fresh Romano cheese grated.

3 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley per pizza.

1 Rotisserie chicken cooked from the grocery store. prefer lemon garlic flavor- but any rotisserie chicken will do.


Take all of your meat off the chicken and place in a bowl. Discard the bones. Measure your Mozzarella cheese out depending on how many pizza's you are going to make and set in a small bowl.Measure your Romano cheese out depending on how many pizza's you are going to make, and set out in a small bowl. Then cut up your parsley and set aside in a small bowl.

Now your toppings are all ready in separate bowls. The next step is to assemble our pizza.

Assembling your pizza

Now is the easy part. All we do is assemble the pizza.

Your oven needs to be preheating now if it is not already. Your dough should be rolled out and ready for the topping.

First place a thin layer of the garlic paste on your 9 inch pizza. Sprinkle your mozzarella cheese on the pizza. Then with a slotted spoon, scoop your onions on the pizza.

Next you want to add your shredded chicken to the pizza, Romano cheese, and sprinkle parsley on the pizza. Place your pizza in the middle rack of the oven.( If you are using the pizza stone, you want to transfer the pizza over to the warm stone to bake).

You want to bake the pizza till the crust is crisp and the cheese is melted. This takes approx 8 minutes.

Repeat the same steps for the second pizza.

Now you have your own California Pizza Kitchen Roasted Garlic Pizza all to yourself. The question is- will you share?

Variations of Pizza

With your Homemade pizza crust- you can make many different pizza's. As stated above you can make stuffed crust- just by slicing cheese sticks and rolling them in the edge of the crust. Our family favorite besides the pepperoni and cheese is the Italian sausage and mushroom. Here is a picture of one of our pizza's.

The recipe for the California Garlic paste is above. Any other pizza that you decide to make whether it be the pepperoni and cheese, or the sausage and mushroom- spread a layer of this paste over the bottom of the crust before you put on your pizza sauce. It gives the pizza a phenomenal taste.

I will note- we do make several pizza's and freeze them. You want to bake the prepared pizza just for a couple minutes to pre-cook it, not all the way. This way when you do cook it later- it will taste just like the origional day you made them. If you make 9 inch pizza's a large freezer bag fits the pizza perfect.

Good luck!!!!

How to shape pizza dough into pizza by hand.


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      Carrie L Cronkite 

      6 years ago from Maine

      I was wanting to make home made pizza. This sounds so delicious. I can't wait to try it. Thank you!


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