Time for Pizza
I’m delighted to be a guest on the blog today. Thanks for asking me over, Vicki.
My town has a great Flatbreads pizza restaurant, but it’s pretty pricey. We can make just as good pizza at home for a fraction of the cost. And in the kind of winter we’ve been having north of Boston this year, the hot oven helps to heat up the house!
1 cup warm water
1 packet or tablespoon yeast
2 ½ to 3 cups of unbleached white flour
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2-3 cups grated mozzarella
Grated Parmesan cheese
Toppings as desired, including pitted Kalamata olives, sliced sweet peppers, sliced mushrooms, caramelized onions, ham, fresh basil leaves, crumbled goat cheese, pepperoni or other sausage.
Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a mixing bowl. Stir it in, and then stir in one cup of flour. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the salt, and continue to add flour until the dough stands up as a lump.
Flour a countertop or table and turn out the dough, making sure to scrape all the dough off the sides and spoon. Rub the remaining oil all over the inside of the bowl and set aside.
Knead the dough, turning a quarter turn each time, until smooth. Lay it in the bowl smooth side down and press with the back of your hand, then turn it over. Cover the bowl and let rise until doubled, about an hour.
Divide into two balls. Oil two pizza pans or large baking sheets. NOTE: You can skip the preceding steps and buy pizza dough at the grocery store.
Roll and stretch the dough out on one pan. Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce. Add toppings. Sprinkle with mozzarella. Finish with a grating of Parmesan and a sprinkle of oregano.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, watching carefully that the pizza doesn’t get too brown. Repeat for the second ball of dough.
Serve hot, and enjoy your pizza with a green salad and a glass of red wine.
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