Saturday, February 28, 2009


While there is definitely a different taste to take out pizza...we LOVE making our own. Brent is the pizza crust man in our house and over the years we've perfected it. And the best thing about it is you don't have to wait for the dough to rise!!! So it's quick and easy....and sooo delicious!

In a small measuring cup:
1 cup lukewarm water
1 tsp white sugar
1 Tbsp yeast (just traditional yeast)

Let stand for 5 minutes

In mixer:
1 tsp salt (I think we actually do add the salt to this recipe)
2 cups flour
1/4 cup oil (vegetable)

Mix together and add water/sugar/yeast mixture. Sprinkle about 2 Tbsp italian seasoning (Club House italian) and parmesan cheese and mix thoroughly. Spread onto pizza stone or cookie sheet (we used to always use our pizza stone but it makes a bigger pizza using a square cookie sheet so we do that now). Don't forget to oil the bottom so it doesn't stick. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes - sometimes there are dough *bubbles* so we just poke them with a knife and cook for about 5 more minutes.
**If you are using a pizza stone, don't forget to heat it first for 15 minutes at 450**

Spread with pizza sauce (we just use our president's choice spaghetti sauce with mushrooms) and toppings. We like to crisp our ham (chopped) and pepperoni first on the stove before putting on the pizza. We usually saute the mushrooms too (they have to be fresh) and I personally love purple/red onion on as well (sauteed first). We add pineapple (I used to sautee it too but Brent didn't like it as much so I don't anymore). And top with cheese (we usually use cheddar or marble). Bake until melted - we broil for a few minutes because I LOVE bubbly/crispy cheese.
You can also use leftove taco meat for a taco or more meatier pizza...or chicken breasts with some bbq sauce, etc. Play around - it's sooo fun to try new things!


**A great alternative that we do often for lunches is Naan Bread. It makes perfect individual pizza crusts...I usually throw them into the oven on a cookie sheet just while the oven warms up. They are perfect and freeze well too without sticking together which is nice. You can pull a couple out at a time and keep them frozen so they don't go bad! We did these for my kids' birthdays last year. Everyone put on what they wanted and we had a great time. **

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