Saturday, October 3, 2009

Pizza

Pizza may be simple, but it is delicious. My friend Jan & I both use the same recipe for pizza dough, but not long ago I sat at her kitchen island as she showed me a new idea she had gotten from her daughter for the topping. I thought it was a clever idea, and would share it with you.
Pizza Dough:

1 1/4 cups warm water
-1 tsp sugar
-1 tbsp yeast
-2 tbsp oil
-1 tsp salt
-3-4 cups flour

Put very warm water in a bowl and stir in sugar. Sprinkle yeast on top and let stand for 10 minutes. Put oil, salt and 3 cups flour in a larger bowl and pour yeast mixture in. Stir together and then using your hands knead, adding as much of the remaining flour as needed to get a smooth soft dough. Roll out dough and place in greased pans. Allow to rise until doubled. (you can use all the dough in a large cookie sheet or use 2 smaller sheets to 2 pizza pans.)
Once the dough has risen (about 1/2 hour) spread with 213 ml size pizza sauce. (or any tomato sauce you have)
Tip: After greasing pans you can sprinkle with corn meal for a crispier crust.

Toppings: In the picture above you will see the Tupperware container filled with meat and spices. Pizza toppings can vary, but for this recipe Jan used a variety of deli meats. (for this size recipe use about 3-4 cups of chopped meat. Her daughter's tip was to buy any deli meat that you like and chop it up fine when you get home, add the following ingredients, and put in the fridge until ready to use, or freeze for later use. The flavors have time to really blend, and you have all the prep work done...and why not pre grate your cheese too.

Add:
-1 tsp oregano
-1/2 tsp garlic powder
-1 tsp basil
-1/2 tsp pepper
-if you want some heat add 1 tsp red pepper flakes
-1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Shake the meat mixture together well.
On top of the pizza sauce sprinkle the meat mixture and then top with 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese. Before adding the cheese you can add pineapple, onions, olives, feta and peppers.
Bake pizzas in 425ยบ oven for about 15-20 minutes.



Allow pizza to sit for 5 minutes before you cut into it. This allows the moisture in the toppings to settle. Jan completed the meal with veggies and dip. Your family will love it!

19 comments:

  1. It's 8:48 a.m. and I haven't had breakfast yet. I want this pizza!!

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  2. I agree with Katy....this looks so good one could reach in and take a slice. Love homemade pizza.

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  3. What a good idea.That Pizza looks delicious.
    Blessings,Ruth

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  4. Oh Yummmm I love pizza and this sounds delicious!!!

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  5. Here in Argentina they use lunchmeat, but do not chop it. Slices of lunchmeat and cheese are spread over the pizza dough and a tiny wee little bit of sauce. Then five olives (pits still in) are arranged strategically in each quarter area and in the center. Gotta admit, I'm more of a fan of American style pizza -- loaded with chopped up good stuff (especially lots of vegetables!) and plenty of shredded cheese :-)

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  6. That IS a clever idea!!!

    BTW, I love the cloth tablecloth and fancy place settings for pizza...! Pizza doesn't have to be casual, right?! :-)

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  7. I am wondering what size of pans you use. We were planning on having pizza tonight, and I would like to use your pizza crust recipe. Saturday night is a great night for pizza!

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  8. Excellent pizza recipe but there is just ONE small problem...how do I keep hubby away from the pizza while it "sits" for five minutes? hahaha.

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  9. There's nothing like homemade pizza. The best!!!

    Cheryl

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  10. Pizza might be what I want for dinner after seeing your blog.

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  11. I've been looking fo an easy pizza recipe and this just fits the bill. Thanks

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  12. I made this recipe last night. It sounds like it is the new family favourite crust recipe. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  13. Your pizza looks really great. I love the idea of having meat ready to top. That would be especially handy for working families that need quick ideas.

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  14. your pizza looks awesome!!
    thanks for sharing it!!

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  15. I love Pizza. I need to make it from scratch.

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  16. Mmmmm...nothing beats a homemade pizza!

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  17. My favorite pizza is Italian, because of it's thinness. Why don't you try rolling out the dough thinner

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    1. Good option if you like thin crust.

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