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
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
1 jar or can of your favorite pizza sauce, or homemade
Combine all dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer (or large mixing bowl if you don’t have a stand mixer).
With the mixer on low, add the water and 2 tablespoons of oil.
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)
Once you have the dough where you like it, scrape onto a lightly floured surface. Gently knead into a smooth, firm ball.
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.
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
Preheat oven to 450°F
Roll out the dough to your desired size.
Spread sauce evenly on the dough, leaving about 1 inch on the outside.
Add cheeses, order does not matter.
Add the toppings.
Slide pizza onto hot stone, or use a pizza pan.
Cook for 15 min or until crust is golden and cheese is bubbly.
Randy (RJ) was raised in Charlotte NC. His culinary background stems all the way back to his high school days when he "took the cooking class for the free food". Later after completing culinary school he has worked as head Chef in a couple of high scale restaurants. Now he spends more time on the computer than in the kitchen, but is still turning out great recipes for all to enjoy.