Pizza Night - A True Family Favorite

June 12, 2018
Recipe by: RJ Manoni

Make tonight pizza night.  Let’s face it, almost everyone loves pizza.  I’m not talking about the kind that comes in and tastes like a cardboard box, but a homemade pizza with fresh garden veggies.  When I get asked “what’s for dinner” by the family, you can be sure that there’s usually at least 1 groan no matter what the answer is. That is, unless my answer is “It’s Pizza Night!” 

We use our own garden to dress up our pizzas.  This proves to be a fun activity for the whole family, and ensures that everyone gets a pizza they will enjoy.  We make our own dough, but to save time store bought will work.  The below recipe is how we made our pizza last night; never the same toppings, but always good!


Prep Time: 1.5 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 1 pizza + extra dough ball
Difficulty: Medium

Ingredients

The crust:

  • 4 cups bread flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 packet instant dry yeast
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm water (not boiling)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil, plus 2 tsp. olive oil

 

The pizza:

  • 1 jar or can of your favorite pizza sauce, or homemade
  • 3 vine ripe tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Gouda cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
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Directions

The crust:

  1. Combine all dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer (or large mixing bowl if you don’t have a stand mixer).
  2. With the mixer on low, add the water and 2 tablespoons of oil.
  3. Once blended together, turn the mixer to medium and mix until the dough forms a ball. (if the dough is sticky, add flour a little at a time. If it’s too dry, add a little water at a time)
  4. Once you have the dough where you like it, scrape onto a lightly floured surface. Gently knead into a smooth, firm ball.
  5. Grease a large bowl with remaining oil.  Add dough ball and cover with towel.  Place that bowl in a warm area (I use the kitchen counter) until dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  6. Remove the dough from the bowl onto a lightly floured surface, divide into 2 equal pieces.  Cover them with a clean kitchen towel and let them rest for 10 minutes.

    NOTE: Use right away or freeze in air tight container for up to 2 weeks

 

The pizza:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F
  2. Roll out the dough to your desired size.
  3. Spread sauce evenly on the dough, leaving about 1 inch on the outside.
  4. Add cheeses, order does not matter.
  5. Add the toppings.
  6. Slide pizza onto hot stone, or use a pizza pan.
  7. Cook for 15 min or until crust is golden and cheese is bubbly.