Thursday, October 12, 2006
It has taken me either two or three weeks to get this posted! A few Thursdays ago, my roomie and I had a couple of friends over for a study break/dinner. I had told them that I would make my dad's famous pizza. I got kind of nervous that day because the only time I had made the dough was with Daddy supervising! This really is an easy dough to do and is yummy!
So, I go downstairs about 30 minutes before they are to arrive to start getting things ready. They arrive just about the time to start shaping the dough. WEll...I guess I didn't let the dough rest quite long enough because when I started stretching it, it kept tearing and shrinking. What did I do...threw the ball of dough in the trash can and started over!!! The second one worked although it started to do the same thing as the first. I was a little more patient and as a little time passed, the dough became more pliable and stretched for me! It turned out great! As you can see, we enjoyed it!
You really can top this with whatever you want. I used tomato sauce (I just use Prego/Ragu, but homemade would be even better!), chicken, onion, green pepper, mushrooms (A MUST!), and cheese. If you wanted you could use pesto insead of tomato sauce and that would be really good. I've also seen a pizza with bar-b-que sauce, chicken, and caramelized onions! It was good except I'm not a big fan of BBQ sauce.
For all of you who think that pizza is a diet no, think again. The tomato sauce is GREAT for you, high in anti-oxidants. The veggies are wonderful and a must in healthy eating. I use part-skim Mozzarella cheese, which isn't bad, but you could use low-fat (no no-fat) cheese. Pair one piece of pizza with a salad and there is a delicious and healthy meal! It's a little early, but this is my entry for Sweetnick's ARF Tuesday! I just couldn't wait any longer to do this pizza! Check her site out on Tuesday for more.
Daddy's Pizza crust
Mix and sift:
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup bread flour
2 heaping teaspoons yeast (or one packet)
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
Add a scant cup of hot water. Mix. Add 2 teaspoons olive oil. Add 1/2 cups of flour as needed (usually around 2 times). Knead. Place dough in an oiled bowl. Place this bowl in a larger bowl with warm water. Microwave for 2 minutes at power level 2, rest for 5 minutes (or longer if needed). Punch down and knead a couple of times.
Sprinkle corn meal over pizza stone (or pan you will use). Gently stretch the dough to fit the pan. Be patient! If it won't stretch give it a little time. Once in desired shape and size, sprinkle with garlic powder. At this point, top with the desired sauces and toppings. Bake the pizza at 425 F for 15 minutes or until cheese is slightly browned. If you want to pre-bake the crust, cook it for 8 minutes. This gives a slightly "puffier" crust. Enjoy with friends! On a large Pampered Chef stone, this makes 12 slices.