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If I got to pick a last meal, it would be pizza. There is no pizza that I don’t love. Taco, Greek, meat lovers, I love them all. However, going out for pizza is not cheap and it isn’t healthy either. A thoughtfully made pizza in moderation can be a pretty balanced meal.
The foundation of a good pizza is the crust. No matter how good the toppings are, if you have a gross crust your pizza will be gross. I don’t like store bought crust. They come precooked or in a can or as a mix. Frankly, this recipe is just as easy.
What you need:
1 T sugar
1 C luke warm water (110-115 degrees)
1 packet quick rise yeast
2 T olive oil
2 1/2 – 3 C flour
1 tsp salt
Extras you might want:
Mixer with dough hook ( I LOVE my KitchenAid Stand Mixer)
2 T pizza seasoning
Add sugar and yeast to a medium to large sized mixing bowl. Heat water in a pan on the stove or in a glass measuring cup in the microwave until between 110-115 degree F. Anything over 120 will kill your yeast so basically if it feels hot to you, its too hot for the yeast. Until you get a feel for how warm that is, I recommend using a candy thermometer to check your water temp.
Once it’s warm add to the bowl with the sugar and yeast and give a small stir so that the yeast is touching the water. Let rest until bubbly and aromatic, usually 5-10 minutes.
Once, bubbly add the olive oil and half the flour. Stir until about half incorporated. At this point you can add your salt/seasoning and the other half of the flour. Stir until incorporated. Turn out onto a well floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. OR let the dough hook do the work. You know when its ready and has enough flour when the dough holds together on the hook and pulls away from the bowl.
At this point you need to decide if you want one hand tossed pizza or two thin crust pizzas. If you want two thin crust pizzas, split the dough in half. Roll out the dough on a floured surface. For best results, transfer to a pizza peel dusted in corn meal, add sauce and toppings. Use pizza peel to transfer to hot pizza stone in your over. Cook until crust is golden around the edges and cheese has started to caramelize.
Things to try:
Brushing olive oil on one side of dough and placing oiled side down on clean BBQ grill. Once beginning to hold its shape, brush olive oil on topside and flip. Add sauce and toppings and cook until done.
Using left over spaghetti meat sauce, alfredo or pesto instead of pizza sauce.
Greek Pizza: Spinach, feta, red onions, olives, pepperoni, and browned ground beef
Taco Pizza: Refried beans, ground beef, taco cheese, tomatoes, olives. After baking add crushed Doritos, lettuce and hot sauce.
What is your favorite pizza combination? Leave me a comment and let me know!