Homemade Pizza

Why order greasy pizza from a chain for your Super Bowl party when you can get professional quality pizza for less than half the cost by making it yourself?

My wife has been working on finding a great pizza recipe to make at home and she’s found it.  You can find it below.

  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 package yeast (2 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (doh!)
  • mix together and let rest for about 5 minutes
  • 3 cups regular flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (for a slightly “better for you” pizza)
  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/3 cup cold water (remember, you can always add water, but you can’t take it out)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • add to the yeast mixture and mix together (with mixer or by hand)
  • cover and let rest in a warm place for about 1 hour
  • separate into 3 or 4 equal pieces (we do 4 because it makes the pizzas more managable)
  • roll (or toss if you’ve got the skills) into the pizza shape (frankly, whatever shape you want)
  • place on parchment paper that has cornmeal sprinkled on it
  • add your favorite toppings
  • slide parchment paper onto a preheated pan or a pizza stone and place in a 500 degree oven for 8-10 minutes
  • If you aren’t using fresh mozzarella, I mean the real stuff, then add your cheese halfway through baking or it will likely burn.

If you don’t have access to high quality ingredients, you can usually get decent pepperoni at the best price at the deli.  For other easy to find ingredients, I also recommend Dei Fratelli pizza sauce, a good deli sliced ham, the 1 lb roll of Italian sausage (Bob Evans’ brand isn’t bad), Roma tomatoes, fresh baby spinach, pinapple chunks (fresh or canned), grilled chicken, freshly cooked bacon, white sauce, and to give your pizza a more robust flavor, a sprinkling of pizza seasoning (can be found at your local grocery store).

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