Family Fun Time- Pizza Night!

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If you like pizza enough to pay 25-30 bucks to have one delivered to you, you definately need to give this a try. Making a pizza is fun for the whole family. You can make one really big pizza with ingredients that everyone likes, or you can make little individual pizzas that are easy to personalize. I remember when I was little, I had a slumber party and my parents had all of us kids make our own mini-pizzas. So fun!

Now, here’s how you do it. Make your pizza sauce first so it’s ready to go. You can even make the sauce a couple days ahead and just keep it in the fridge. I don’t really have a recipe for the sauce. I just taste as I go. The basics are to mix 6 ounces of tomato paste with 6 ounces of water. Then add seasonings to taste. The seasonings I use are garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, basil, marjoram, red pepper flake, black pepper, cayenne pepper, salt and sugar. Start with about 1/8 teaspoon of each and go from there. 

Now think about what toppings you’ll be using. The popular ones are of course cheese, pepperoni, hamburger, italian sausage, onion, eggplant, pineapple… You know the rest. Make sure you have the ingredients you want to use. You can do all the preparation of the toppings (shred the cheese, cook the meat, etc.) while your pizza crust dough is rising.

Start making your crust about 2 hours before you want to eat. This is what you’ll need for the crust:

  • 2-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-1/3 cups flour

In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the water and let sit for 10 minutes.

Stir the salt and oil into the yeast mixture and mix in 2-1/2 cups of the flour. I use a hand mixer with dough hooks to do this. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface and knead in enough flour so the dough is no longer sticky. Place the dough into a well-oiled bowl and cover with a cloth. Allow the dough to rise until doubled, about an hour. Punch the dough down. You can now divide the dough to make several smaller pizzas or leave it whole. Form the dough into a tight ball. Let rest for 10 minutes. Place the dough on a baking stone or a lightly oiled cookie sheet stretch out the dough to the desired shape. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try to stretch the dough by spinning on your hands. I haven’t tried this yet, but I want to. It should be good for a laugh.

Turn on the oven to 425 degrees F. Top your pizza crust with sauce, cheese and your desired toppings. Then bake until cheese and crust are golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. 

Hope you enjoy your pizza night! 

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