Guess what for dinner at our ouse tonight!!!Yes pizza. I usually make pizza on Fridays but I was just in the mood for it tonight. Once you make this pizza recipe you will not be ordering out as much anymore..I promise you!!! Enjoy..
This recipes makes 2 large pizzas or 2 medium
For the sauce:
2 cans favorite crushed tomato sauce ( 28 ounce)
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon oregano
4 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
2 finely diced garlic cloves
salt and pepper
1 Tablespoon Parsley
Parmesan cheese for sprinkling on top of pizza
Place all ingredients in a saucepan and cook for 15 minutes
3 ( 8 ounce bags shredded mozzarella cheese) 1 ( 8 ounce per pizza)
pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, etc. Your favorite toppings
1 package active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon kosher salt
Extra-virgin or regular olive oil
3 cups all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
In the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the yeast, sugar, and warm water; stir gently to dissolve. Let the mixture stand until the yeast comes alive and starts to foam, about 5 to 10 minutes.
Turn the mixer on low and add the salt and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the flour, a little at a time, mixing at the lowest speed until all the flour has been incorporated. When the dough starts to come together, increase the speed to medium.Get a feel for the dough by squeezing a small amount together: if it's crumbly, add more water; if it's sticky, add more flour - 1 tablespoon at a time. Mix until the dough gathers into a ball, this should take about 5 minutes.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and fold it over itself a few times; kneading until it's smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a round and place in a lightly oiled bowl, turn it over to coat. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel and let it rise in a warm spot (i.e. over a gas pilot light) until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Once the dough is ready turn it out onto a lightly floured counter. Roll and stretch the dough and divide into 3 equal pieces. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes so it will be easier to roll out.
Roll or pat out a piece of dough into a 12 inch circle, I like mine thin, you can make as thin or thick as you desire.Dust a pizza paddle with flour and slide it under the pizza dough. Brush the crust with a thin layer of olive oil, and place in a 500 degree oven for just 3 minutes just to cook the crust a little bit. Watch for bubbles, if you see any, pierce with a fork .Take out of the oven and layer the sauce, cheese and any toppings you desire.Then put back on pizza stone for 7-10 minutes depending on how crisp you like your pizza.
Dough Recipe Adapted From: Tyler Florence on Food Network