Cooking at Home: Pizza Time


We used to always look forward to Friday nights during high school and middle school. Friday night = pizza night! We would end up ordering from Pizza Hut and enjoy the greasy goodness. After Pizza Hut, we switched to Papa Johns since it “seemed” healthier and not as greasy. Now I make my own pizza at home! It might seem a bit daunting at first since you have to make the dough. With a little bit of practice though, it’s easy to make and you get to put whatever toppings you want on it!

I like to use the Pioneer Woman pizza dough recipe. It’s pretty simple to make and only requires a few ingredients. Pizza dough is very versatile in that you can store it in the fridge for several days if you aren’t using it right away. You can also use it to make flat-bread or a very basic roll.

If you haven’t heard of the Pioneer Woman, you should check out her blog. She is an awesome blogger that has made it big!
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Homemade Pizza (makes two large pizzas)

1 and 1/2 cups warm water
1 teaspoon or 1/2 packet active dry yeast
4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for coating a large bowl
Cornmeal (optional)
Your choice of cheese, toppings, and sauce

1. Stir the yeast and warm water together in a bowl. Set aside.
2. Combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl.
3. With the mixer on low, drizzle in olive oil to flour mix until just incorporated.
4. Stir the yeast mix and then slowly drizzle into the flour mix.
5. Let the dough come together until all the flour and water have been incorporated. It should look like a smooth ball of dough.
6. Coat a large bowl with olive oil. Drop the dough in and turn until it is coated in oil.
7. Cover dough with a moist kitchen cloth and let rise for 1-2 hours. You can also store in the fridge for up to 2 days.
8. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
9. Prep two large baking pans by spraying with oil, lining with a silicone mat, or sprinkling cornmeal on it. Each will create a slightly different bottom crust for your pizza. Experiment to see which you like best.
10. Split the dough in half. Stretch out on each pan to the size you want. The thinner the better but beware of holes.
11. Lay on whatever toppings you like! Usually a pizza sauce layer, cheese, then toppings. Try not to overload the toppings or you will end up with soggy pizza. My rule of thumb is to let a bit of the pizza sauce show through still.
12. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and crust is crunchy. Check your oven to see what time works best as each oven is different.
13. Eat!

With this recipe I can make two large pizzas! It’s easily enough for two dinners for the two of us. It’s so yummy too.

Are you a pizza fanatic? What are your favorite toppings?

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