Monday, August 8, 2011

Pizza, Pizza, Pizza

When we were stationed in Italy 30 years ago we got a rude awakening about pizza.  Nothing like pizza here in the states!  It was more like pizza bread with a few smashed up tomatoes on it and a little cheese.  Definitely not Pizza Hut!  So with a little help from Betty Crocker's International Cookbook we started making our own. In about one hour you can have a delicious made from scratch pizza anyway you want it. Pepperoni, sausage, ham, bacon, onion, olives, peppers, anchovies...anchovies??? Why would you ruin a good pizza with tiny dead fish. Yuk!!! 

Anyway here is our version of PIZZA !!!

You will need this to make your crust.

After you add the water, oil and yeast to the flour mixture this is what you get. Looks good, right?

    Having a mixer with a dough hook really helps.


                Time to get it off the hook and on the counter for a little bit of hand kneading.


    Now in a bowl to rest and rise....

   After about 20 minutes it is all ready to go!

  On to a greased pizza pan.


                          I would show you the pictures of us tossing and spinning it in the air but...     
    Really...well not really but it sounded good.


                  Sausage, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese.  That is what is going on this pizza.
                           We also sometime use onion and bacon and a little cheddar cheese.


   You probably noticed that a small corner of our pizza is completely bare.  Yes, we did that on purpose.  Although in a minute it will be covered in cheese. A young member of our family likes his pizza with just cheese.  Not a cheese pizza with sauce and cheese but just crust and cheese! Nothing else! 

                       Covered in cheese (the best part) and ready to go in the oven. 
                      Watch out for sneaky fingers trying to steal some of the cheese! Get it in the oven fast!!!

 Fresh out of the oven and golden brown.

                      Nothing like a fresh piece of pizza and a cold glass of diet coke.  
            Hey... have to balance out all that cheese!
                      And for the record Dakota does not drink diet, but Debbie does!

   Smells as good as it looks and tastes even better.

 Pizza Crust

2 packages Fleischmann Rapid Rise Yeast
1 1/2 cups hot water (105 to 115 degrees)
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
4 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 plus cups of flour

Combine the 2 cups flour with the yeast, salt, and sugar. 
Add the water and oil to the flour mixture.

Mix on slow to medium speed in a mixer using a dough hook if you have one.
Once that it is mixed it will be kind of gooey.
Slowly add more flour (about 1 to 1 1/2 cups flour) as it is mixing until it is a firm..ish ball. 
Remove from the dough hook and knead it on a floured hard surface for a few minutes.
Put in a bowl, cover with a clean towel and let rise for about 20 minutes until about double in size.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees

Spread onto a greased cookie sheet.
Cover with pizza sauce. Homemade or store bought.  We like Ragu Pizza Sauce.
Top with whatever toppings your heart desires.
Finish off with about 3 or 4 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese.

Then bake for about 20 minutes in a 425 degree oven until golden.  Sometimes we stick it under the broiler for about 1 minutes to get the cheese bubbling! 


  1. Don't yell at me for snatching cheese! You can never pass up mozzarella cheese!

  2. Best pizza in town.


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