Be your own Pizza Kitchen

Posted on August 30, 2011

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Pepperoni & Olive

We have to admit that we occasionally crave pizza on Friday nights.  Even though our kids are usually going a hundred different directions, we are sometimes all home on Friday nights.  And when we are, we like to party a bit by eating pizza and watching a movie together.   Since we started making pizza at home we very rarely buy it ready-made.  It just tastes so much better when you make it fresh!

You first have to start with a good pizza crust.  We love this recipe and have been using it for years.  This recipe can also be used for home-made “crazy-bread” or dessert pizza too.  Here it is:

Pizza Crust--makes three round pizzas

2 c. water

4 ½  tsp yeast, or two packets

2 tsp salt

2 tsp sugar

1 T. olive oil

5 c. flour

Using a Bosch or Kitchen aid w/dough hook, dissolve yeast in water. Add sugar and salt—let foam a bit.  Add oil and then flour.  Beat/knead until dough is smooth and elastic.  Cover with a towel and let rest for about 10 min. Divide dough into three balls and shape over the pans.  You don’t have to be exact about this.  Just roll it into a rough circle, then transfer to the prepared pizza pans (spray with Pam), stretching and shaping to make it fit.

Preheat your oven to  450 degrees.

Now to make pizzas:

Spread home-made or canned spaghetti sauce over the un-baked crust.  Then top with grated Mozzarella or Italian Mix cheese.  Decorate how you like.  Here are some of our favorite combinations:

Canadian Bacon, Crushed pineapple (drain and squeeze out liquid), diced roma tomatoes (I leave this off for kids)

Canadian Bacon & Pineapple

Pepperoni (we use the low-fat and prefer it–not nearly so greasy), sliced olives, and mushrooms.

Hot Italian Sausage, red onions, red peppers.  (Cook bulk sausage, drain on paper towels.  In the meantime in a tiny bit of the sausage grease saute the onions and red peppers until they are nearly caramelized).  This is to die for.  So yummy!  Make it a classic combination by adding some pepperoni, olives, and mushrooms.

Make it a combination!

BBQ Chicken: BBQ sauce (instead of pizza sauce), mozzarella/cheddar mix, red onions, cooked chicken, crushed pineapple).

Comments

Yum, I’ll have to try this recipe for the crust. I don’t like homemade pizza a lot because the crust is too heavy or something. It’s not like pizza should be. Yours looks pretty good. I’ll have to try it one of these days.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 – 08:31 AM
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