The Thankful Mama

Homemade Pizza Night

on March 6, 2011

I have a new system for dinners that I have been trying to stick to. On Sunday I make up a dinner menu for the whole week. I’ve been going through some of my lesser used cookbooks to find some new stuff to try out. Then I try…and I stress try..to do just one shopping trip to the grocery store for ingredients. It’s been working out great and my hubby seems to like the variety.
Homemade pizza was on the menu last night. I made this a couple of weeks ago and it was so easy and delicious, we had to have it again. It’s a good weekend dinner since it takes a little extra effort to make the dough.
I made two pizzas using a basic french bread recipe, but adding olive oil to the dough. We love this bread so much around our house, why not try it for pizza too? It works pretty well, although my favorite is thin crust, and I’d like to experiment with making that style too. If anyone has any suggestions on good pizza dough please let me know.
My french bread pizza dough recipe is:
1c warm water
1/3c olive oil
1 lb (about 4 cups) unbleached flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast

I use the dough hook on my kitchen aid mixer and let it knead the ingredients for about 8-10 minutes, then let rise in a warm oven for about 40 minutes or until doubled. This makes two small pizzas about 8-12″ in diameter…I didn’t measure them, but it memory serves me correct…

We have fun coming up with toppings for them. Last night we decided on Italian sausage, bell pepper, mozzarella and Monterrey jack cheese blend for pizza #1

Pizza #2 had bell pepper, basil, mozzarella, goat and Parmesan cheese. There weren’t any leftovers and I guess that speaks for itself!

Pizza #2

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3 responses to “Homemade Pizza Night

  1. kathy vining says:

    Looks Yummy! Great Idea.

  2. Bret Kelley says:

    Having been the beneficiary of said pizzas, I can confidently tell you that the above recipe is one to write down and try. They were delicious!

    One secret I’ll share is to turn the oven from bake to broil for just about 60-90 seconds at the end to bubble the cheese and give it that nice golden look. Just don’t forget it’s under the broiler!!!

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