Friday, November 19, 2010

Pizza Night


Last night I made one of my favorite homemade dinners and always a crowd pleaser: pizza!  It's actually really easy to make the dough and perfect for people with different tastes (like James and myself) as you can customize your toppings.


If you know me, you know I hate tomato sauce (I know, I know... I'm weird).  However, I spice up the standard Trader Joe's sauce with Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, parsley and garlic for James.  Again, you could spice however you like or even use a white or pesto sauce.


Voila!  Yummy pizza!  The recipe I use I got from my mother.  It follows after the jump.

Super easy pizza dough:


  • 1 pkg yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (not hot)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2-3 cups flour
In a small bowl, whisk together yeast, water, sugar and oil.  Let sit for 3 minutes to fully dissolve and activate the yeast.  Meanwhile, in a large bowl stir together 1 3/4 cups of flour and the salt.  Add the liquid ingredients to the flour mixture and mix with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until combined.

Turn the dough onto a floured counter.  Knead for about 7-10 minutes until smooth and elastic.  Add a little oil to the bottom of the bowl.  Place dough in the bowl and turn once.  Cover the bowl in plastic wrap or a kitchen towel.

Let rise until the dough is double in size (if you are making the dough ahead of time, you can let it rise in the refrigerator until the next day).  Punch down and divide into 2 pieces.  Let rest for 10 minutes.  Shape the dough (or roll out with a rolling pin, if desired) and top.

Cook at 450 degrees for 8-11 minutes.

Easy and tasty!  As you can see below, I've used this recipe so many times that my  little handwritten copy is a mess.

2 comments:

  1. Is that a Betty Crocker cookbook in the background? You are in good company. So many recipes so little time. Mimi

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  2. That pizza looks amazing! I wish mine would come out so perfectly even. The pizza gods have not shined on me yet. Beautiful pictures also :)

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