Friday, June 3, 2011

Homemade Pizza


Homemade Pizza
(makes 2 small or 1 large pizza)


1 Cup – Warm Water
1 Pkg. – Yeast
2 ½ to 3 Cups – White Flour
2 Tbsp. – Olive Oil (EVOO)
½ Tsp. – Salt


Combine warm water and yeast in a large mixing bowl.  Let set for 5 minutes and then add the olive oil and salt to the yeast mixture.  Start adding the flour to the mixture a half cup at a time and mix well.  At some point, you will need to remove the dough from the mixing bowl and continue on the counter top.  Be sure to put a little flour on the counter before placing the dough on it.  Let the dough rest for about 30 minutes before making into the pizza shell.  Using a little corn flour, roll out pizza dough to about a ¼ inch thickness and place on a pizza stone or a sheet pan.

Top with your favorite sauce and toppings.  Use the amounts that fit your style.  Bake the pizza at 450 degrees in a pre-heated oven for about 15 minutes or until crust has browned nicely and cheese has melted.  For a slightly crisper crust, pre-heat the pizza stone as you heat the oven.

Note:   If you are using ground beef or sausage, it is best to precook it.  The pizza will get very greasy if you use raw meat.

Note:   Red sauces are normal but you are only limited by your imagination.  Try Alfredo, BBQ, Ranch, Pesto or a Vodka sauce for a change.

Note:   Even garlic infused olive oil and parmesan cheese make a good base for a pizza.  I top this one with chopped fresh Basil, sliced Roma tomatoes and sliced fresh Mozzarella.  Come up with your own specialty pizza.

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