Homemade Pizza

Saturday, March 3, 2012

We all have those trigger foods that we just can't resist. For me, that is PIZZA!!! I love making my own because I know exactly what goes in it and I can make it the way I want it!! =) 

What You'll need

Pizza Dough (store bought or see below for my recipe)
Sauce (see below)
2 cups veggies (Your choice!)
salt & black pepper
1 cup cheese (mozzarella and/or provolone)
Dried Oregano 
Red Pepper Flakes 

Toppings (pick 2-3)
Bell peppers (cut into stripes)
Red Onions
Cherry Tomatoes
Small Red Potatoes
Frozen Spinach (thawed & squeezed dry)

Pick your veggies then cut/slice into small pieces or stripes

I'll all about easy!

  • Red Sauce- Mix 1 cup crushed tomatoes with 1 large garlic clove minced, 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Pizza Dough

1/2 cup warm water and 1 1/4 tepid water
1 packet active dry yeast
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 cups bread flour
2 teaspoons table salt

Place 1/2 cup warm water in a 2-cup measuring cup. Whisk the yeast into the warm water and let it stand until it dissolves and expands (about 5 min). Add the remaining 1 1/4 cup water and the oil to the yeast mixture.

Meanwhile, pulse the flour and salt in your food processor.  Pour the yeast mixture over the flour and pulse to form a rough ball.   Process until the dough is smooth (about 30 seconds longer). Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for a few secs. 
Place that bad boy in a bowl coated with cooking spray and cover it with plastic wrap.  Let it rise until it doubles in size (2-3 hours)  I used the quick rise yeast so it was about 30 minutes.

Without punching it down, down your dough onto a lightly floured surface.  Use a chefs knife to cut the dough into your desired size. 
To make 4 mini pizzas, use HALF the dough and you can freeze or refrigerate the other half. OR you can make the whole shebang! lol 

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees
Place the dough on a corn meal coated baking sheet

Spread sauce on pizza, cover with your veggies, sprinkle with salt, pepper, oregano, and red pepper flakes.

Bake until golden brown- about 12-15 min. Top with cheese and throw back in the oven for another 5 min.


Add flour and salt to processor

1/2 cup warm water + 1 Packet of yeast 
Add remaining water and olive oil to your yeast mixture

Add yeast/oil mixture to food processor

Process until smooth and santiny
Knead on a floury surface
Spray non-stick spray into a bowl
Put dough ball in bowl and cover with plastic wrap 

Prep your veggies

Read sauce = garlic cloves minces + Stewed tomatoes

cover pan with corn meal (I used polenta)

Use dough to make mini pizzas and cover with sauce

Add Veggies!

I decided to also make a big one!

After 12-15 min, remove pizza from oven. Add cheese and put back in oven for 5 min


Taste test!

I put back in the oven for more crispiness!


Annnnddd of course I was on pinterest and found this cool site with some good ideas for pizza! (Especially if you need to freeze it.  http://annies-eats.com/2010/04/29/perfect-homemade-pizza-crust-tips-and-tricks/