Are you feeling pizza tonight? I’m not talking about the pizza you pick up the phone and order in for, but the real deal! The one where you start the dough, let it rise, and prep the toppings, pizza! There is nothing better than a homemade, melt in your mouth, cheesy pizza, with your favourite toppings that come straight from your refrigerator! But, what is a true Italian pizza? It is much like a personal pizza, with fresh herbs and homemade sauce, and a mozzarella that makes you sing in Italian! You throw the pizzas into a stone oven for baking perfection, and “Eccolo!”(there it is), you have yourself a pizza straight from the buzzing streets of Naples!
Some of us may not have homemade sauce ready to go. That’s okay. We get the bottled stuff that will work just as well with a few fresh cut herbs sprinkled on top. If you are interested, you will have to make your sauce while you prep the dough. Here is a pizza recipe that I make at home all the time,and my kids go bonkers for! Never a slice left by the time we are done dinner. I have to warn you, I don’t have a stone oven, and I’m not Italian either! Big surprise, I bet! This may alter things a bit, but I think I can still pull it off in my own special way;) We will have authentic pizza tonight, but authentically Lisa’s.
1 1/2 cup flour
2 1/4 tablespoons of yeast
1 teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons of sugar + a tsp (for yeast)
1/4 cup butter (or margarine)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
(anything else you love!)
Bottled pizza sauce
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 28oz. can crushed tomatoes
- 1 6oz. can tomato paste
- 1/2 Tbsp sugar
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- Freshly cracked black pepper
- 1 pinch crushed red pepper (optional)
- Put yeast into a 1/4 cup of warm water, along with a teaspoon of sugar. swish it around so the yeast and sugar dissolve. Cover with a small plate and wait for it to rise.
- In another bowl, add flour, sugar, salt, butter, olive oil, basil and oregano flakes. Mix with your hands until the ingredients are incorporated. The dough should look grainy.
- Add the yeast to the flour mixture once the yeast has risen to touch the bottom of the plate, and mix with hands until incorporated. Add warm water gradually until the flour becomes mushy. Add a little flour to stabilize the mushy dough and kneed into a soft, dry ball. Cover the ball with a clean cloth and let it rise.
- Meanwhile, chop up your vegetable ingredients and get your sauce ready…
- Add the olive oil and garlic to a sauce pot and cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, or just until the garlic is soft and fragrant.
- Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, salt, basil, oregano, some freshly cracked pepper (10-15 cranks of a pepper mill), and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Stir to combine.
- Cover the pot, allow the pot to come to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low, and let simmer for 15 minutes minimum, or up to 30 minutes
- Once the pizza dough has risen, beat it down and kneed it back into a ball. Take the rolling pin and roll it out into an inch thick circle, big enough to fit your pizza pan. Roll the circle up in the rolling pin from its edges, then roll it out on to the pizza pan. Spread a few tablespoons of your sauce on the inner part of the pizza, leaving the crust area sauce-free (bottle your extra sauce for next time). Sprinkle fresh chopped basil, then mozzarella cheese. Add the rest of your favourite toppings and put into the oven to bake between 375-400 degrees celsius. Keep watch as it bakes, and be prepared to turn it down to 350 if it looks like it will start to burn. It should be in the oven for 30 minutes.
*Sauce recipe taken from budgetbytes.com, pizza recipe is mine!!
Best dipping sauce for those who love a good dip for their slice? Renee’s Caesar dressing will do the trick! Enjoy your pizza night! Happy Tuesday everyone!