Pizza

45 minute for delivery?  It takes about the same time to make one and it won’t run you $19.99.  This recipe calls for fresh tomato instead of sauce.  You should play with the ingredients to find a mix of toppings that works for you.

takes about an hour and there's no need to tip

Pizza Dough (serves 4)

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 package fast-acting yeast

Toppings

  • 3 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 1 medium bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup shredded gruyere cheese
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt

Mix dry ingredients.  Add water and knead for 5 minutes.  Form into a ball.  Cover with a damp cloth and let rise at room temperature for half an hour.

it may seem a little dry but don't worry

Set oven to 450°F.  Then prep toppings (you can substitute tomato sauce for whole tomatoes).

play with toppings until you find a combination that works for you. just like therapy but more fulfilling

Dust a cutting board with flour and roll out dough —  1/16 inch for a thin crust, 1/8 inch for a thick crust. Crimp edges to form a lip.

dough becomes 2 to 3 times thicker when baked

Move dough to a baking pan dusted with flour.  Put on tomatoes in a concentric pattern, or spread on a thin layer of tomato sauce.

substitute sauce for whole tomatoes if you want

Then add mushroom, bell pepper and garlic.  Sprinkle on cheese, and dust with oregano and salt.

wet ingredients go on first. always put the cheese and spice on last

Place in 450°F oven for 20 minutes.  The crust should be starting to brown and the cheese melted and bubbling when it’s done.

ready to serve

Transfer to a cutting board with a large spatula and cut.

Alternatives: For a dough with more character, add a tablespoon of olive oil to the wet ingredients.  You can also use an oven-proof skillet to fry the rolled out dough in olive oil, frying each side till browned.  Then put on toppings & transfer the skillet to the oven to finish cooking.

This goes best with beer.  Enjoy.

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2 Comments

Filed under Baking, Main Courses, Vegetarian

2 responses to “Pizza

  1. I LOVE pizza and I LOVE food!
    That’s why I write a food blog and just subscribed to yours!

    Yum!
    Lisa xo

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