Saturday, June 22, 2013

Popular Pizza

Easy, delicious and your family will love you for it. In fact, they may never want you to buy pizza again!
I am also including a sauce that is absolutely the best I have ever tasted.  The flavors blend perfectly. I always make extra and freeze it so I have it on hand. This sauce is super easy and can be made in a matter of minutes.  It's a handed down recipe from our family.
This dough recipe is the same one I use for calazone.  You can make two 12" pizzas with one batch of the dough.  I am sad to say this is not a gluten free recipe, but not to worry, I have a wonderful one to share, Favorite Thin GF Pizza Crust.  If anyone does try this with gluten free flour please let me know of the results.

Popular Pizza                    Makes 2 -12" pizzas
1 pkg yeast
3-4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups very hot water
1/2 tsp salt
corn meal to coat pizza pans

In a large mixing bowl pour hot water and sprinkle yeast over top. Let sit for a minute or two and stir.
Add in the salt and 2 cups of the flour. Stir well.
Add additional cups of flour as you continue to stir. As dough becomes too thick to stir, dump out and start kneading on a floured surface. Add more flour if dough sticks to surface. 
Knead about 5 minutes adding flour as needed to prevent stickiness. The dough should be nice and smooth. Place dough into a large mixing bowl sprayed lightly with a non-stick spray.
Cover with a dry dish towel and let sit for one hour away from any draft.

Meanwhile, prepare all the ingredients you plan on using on your pizzas, and prepare the pizza sauce.
Some topping ideas:                                We make a meat pizza, vegetarian, and vegan.
Ham, deli type or cooked
Pepperoni - I like to cut the pepperoni in half
Italian sausage, cooked
Peppers - diced or sliced
Onions diced or sliced
Olives - sliced
Fresh mushrooms - sliced
Cheese - mozzarella
Daiya Cheese alternative for Vegan pizza

Pizza Sauce   
1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
2 tsp oregano leaves
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp black pepper

Mix all ingredients together in a small dish. Let sit until ready to use.

Preheat Oven to 400.
When dough has doubled in size, about an hour later. Punch down and turn out onto a floured surface.
Divide in half and roll out one half at a time flipping dough over often to prevent sticking, add flour  to surface as needed. Roll out dough to desired size, about 12" circle or square. It will seem thin, but don't worry. Place rolled out dough onto a pizza pan or cookie sheet sprinkled heavily with corn meal.  The cornmeal prevents sticking and adds something extra to the pizza.
Place in oven to pre-cook for a few minutes. If any bubbles form pop them and gently push dough down.
Remove from oven and let sit for a couple minutes to cool down.
Add desired amount of sauce over pre-cooked pizza crust, then cheese and remaining toppings. We like to end with a sprinkle of cheese over top to help hold the toppings in place.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and toppings are thoroughly cooked.
Cut in slices and enjoy your amazing pizza!

Vegan Pizza with Daiya Cheese Alternative, Peppers, Mushrooms and Onions.

Have fun making your pizza. We have had parties (adults and kids) where everyone gets a pre-cooked pizza crust and then decorates it up however they like.  People can then share or eat their own. You can even make kid size crusts by dividing the dough in fourths.

Here are some ideas:

Rolled out pizza crust ready to be pre-cooked for 3-5 minutes.

Various toppings added...

Sausage & Ham on one half and Pepperoni
added on the other half.

Vegetarian Pizza
Mushrooms, Peppers, Olives
Sausage & Onion, and Ham Pizza

Bake for 12-15 minutes.   Enjoy!!

Ham, Onions, Peppers, Mushrooms, Pepperoni & Olives
on one half and Ham, Pepperoni, & Olives on the other half.

Vegetarian Pizza


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