Friday, January 20, 2012

Homemade Pizza

Dang I am STUFFED!!! Lunch today was homemade pizza and, honestly, I have NO desire whatsoever to ever eat at a pizza place again when homemade tastes way better!( And is so much CHEAPER, HEALTHIER) I use a couple of different recipes for our pizza. For the dough, I like the one in the Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook. It is easy-peasy.

Mix 1 tsp. of yeast (or half a packet) into 1 1/2 c. warm water. Let sit so the yeast can dissolve. In the bowl of your mixer, combine 4 c. flour (I use hard white wheat) and 1 tsp. salt. Turn on mixer to low and drizzle in 1/3 c. olive oil. Once oil is incorporated, add the yeast/water mixture to the flour/oil mixture and combine until the dough forms a ball. Drizzle a little bit of oil in a large bowl. Smoosh it around a bit and dump the dough into it, turning to coat the top. You can now do 1 of 2 things. If you aren't going to make your pizza today, you can put some plastic wrap on top of the dough and place the bowl in the fridge for up to 2 days. If you are ready to make your pizza today, cover the bowl with a damp towel and set it in a warm place for an hour or 2 to rise. (It will not rise as high as bread dough).(If you are just now pulling your dough out of the fridge it may need an extra 30-45 mins of rising time.) Once the dough has risen a bit, preheat your oven to 500 degrees. This recipe makes enough dough for 2 large pizzas so divide dough in half. Sprinkle just a bit of olive oil on 2 cookie sheets and rub it all over to keep the dough from adhering like concrete to it. Take 1/2 of the dough and stretch it out on the pan with your fingers until it is nice and thin and covering almost the entire pan (or as much as it will cover). Do the same with the other half of the dough on the other pan. I like to sprinkle just a little bit of powdered garlic over the dough because I LOVE garlic!!! Once you have the dough stretched out you can get really creative. You can make sauce or not. I made a tomato sauce to go on ours. This recipe is from Heavenly Homemakers and is way simple.

1 can Tomato Sauce (about 2 cups)
2 tsp. Dried Basil
1 tsp. Dried Oregano
1  tsp. Powdered Garlic
1/2 tsp. Salt

Stir all the ingredients together and smear as much or as little as you like over the top of the dough. Now add WHATEVER you want! Meat, veggies (I like to saute veggies a bit to soften them before I put them on the pizza), cheese. Do whatever will make your family fall on their knees praising you as the pizza queen.
For today's pizza, I sauteed some thinly sliced onions, green peppers and mushrooms and topped them with mozzarella. If there had been more than 4 slices of pepperoni left in the fridge, it would have found its way to the pizza too but, alas, my pepperoni stash has been severely pilfered.
Once you get all the toppings you like, stick your pizzas in the oven for about 10-15 mins. (Rotate pans half way thru to get them all cooked evenly).
This is what could be awaiting you:

Yum! My mouth just waters looking at it :)

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