Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Pizza Anyone?

Pizza - your classic simplicity and simultaneous divers-ability never cease to amaze me. I will make you 'til the day I die.

In the meantime, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite pizza topping variations with all of you.

5 Cheese Tomato Basil Pizza

This is my absolute favorite pizza right now.
  • Brush dough with olive oil (no tomato sauce)
  • Grated Mozzarella cheese
  • Grated 3-cheese mix in tub (Asiago, Parmesan, Romano - from Sunflower)
  • Fresh Bleu cheese crumbles
  • Fresh basil, chopped
  • Fresh tomato from the vine, chopped
  • Sprinkled with Italian seasoning (if not already in the dough)
  • Bleu cheese dressing for dipping (optional)
This was adapted from my mother's delicious version which has Mozzarella, Fontinella, Romano, Parmesan as the cheese toppings as well as tomato, basil.

Hawaiian Pizza with BBQ Sauce
I love the sweetness of this pizza.
  • BBQ Sauce (instead of tomato sauce!)
  • Grated Mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh thick-sliced deli maple ham, cut in squares (it's cheaper and tastier than buying it pre-packaged)
  • Fresh (cubed) or canned pineapple (If it's canned, I like Dole Gold brand the best - in chunks or tidbits)
  • BBQ sauce for dipping (optional)
I'm thinking I'll try adding fresh bacon bits and some red or sweet onion on to this pizza next time! Yum.

Pepperoni Pizza
Old school favorite. Always a winner.
  • Lightly brushed with olive oil
  • Tomato sauce
  • Grated Mozzarella cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Sprinkled with Italian seasoning
  • Sprinkled with Johnny's seasoning salt
  • Bleu cheese or ranch dressing for dipping (optional)
In Vienna, they sprinkled corn on pepperoni and ham pizzas! It was actually quite delicious. I haven't made it myself, and I don't know why. Probably because every time I propose doing it, Squire always thinks it sounds too weird! Haha. Maybe we'll start him out with corn only sprinkled on half . . . ;)

Random note: I don't know if any of you out there are Bleu cheese dressing lovers. I am for sure. I've tried about every brand I can find. This is my favorite, though I may have to try making some of my own as this person claims to have a recipe for it . . .

What about you? How do you top your pizza?

By request, I am also providing my pizza dough recipe. :)

Pizza Dough Recipe
  • 1 heaping TBL. yeast
  • 1 1/2 TBL. brown sugar
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 TBL. Italian seasoning (optional)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6-7 cups all-purpose flour
Makes three large pizza crusts!

1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and brown sugar in warm water and let sit for 10 minutes.
2. Stir salts, (Italian seasoning), and olive oil into yeast solution.
3. Mix in 3 cups flour. Then, knead dough as you continue to add flour to dough until it is touchable but still just barely sticky.
4. Place dough in a well-oiled (PAMed) bowl, and flip the dough so it is oiled on both sides. Cover with saran wrap.
5. Let dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size. ~ 1 hour.
6. Preheat oven to 425* F.
7. Dump out risen dough onto clean surface. Cut into thirds. Roll each onto a tight ball.
8. One ball at a time, roll out dough until thin and round. Pick up rolled dough and put on a pizza paddle sprinkled with cornmeal. Stretch pizza a bit if necessary.
9. Top pizza as desired.
10. Slide pizza from paddle onto pizza stone and bake for ~16 minutes or until the crust is a light golden brown.
11. Enjoy! :)


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