Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pizza!!!



Who doesn't LOVE pizza?? Like I stated before, I grew up with HOMEMADE pizza. There's NOTHING like it! My mom makes the BEST pizza out there, but mine takes a close second. The dough recipe is SIMILAR to mine, but I'm thinking I should get my mom's approval before posting hers. The ingredients in this one are the same as hers, just different measurements.





Homemade Pizza

Dough:

Ingredients
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons white sugar

Directions
1.) In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
2.) In a large bowl, combine 2 cups bread flour, olive oil, salt, white sugar and the yeast mixture; stir well to combine. Beat well until a stiff dough has formed. Cover and rise until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes. (I don't let it sit that long... I'm from Jersey... who has that patience??)
3.) At this point, roll your pizza dough out however you plan to make it. I combine two pieces of foil, spray with cooking spray and sprinkle corn meal on it. My pizza's are never fuly round, but that's what makes them homemade and amazing!

Toppings, etc.

-Spaghetti Sauce (I swear by Traditional Ragu)
-Parm Cheese
-Mozzarella (THIS IS KEY!!! The better the cheese ($$) the better the pizza!) I usually go with Maggio Part Skim.
-Pepperoni, veggies, etc.

I then put my pizza onto my pizza stone in the preheated oven (425 degrees) for 13-15 minutes.

And what is pizza without Cucumber and Onion Salad??




Cucumber and Onion Salad

Ingredients:
Cucumber
Onion
Cider Vinegar
Olive Oil
Salt & Pep

I use a mandolin slicer I got from TJMaxx for both the cucumbers and the onions, so they're SUPER thin and crispy!

The amount of oil and vinegar will be based on preference. I recommend taste testing til you get what you want!

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