Hello Everyone and Happy National Cheese Pizza Day!!
I love pizza and I know I’m not alone in that sentiment. Whether it’s delivered, pick-up or homemade, I love it. Today, I thought I would share with you a recipe for homemade pizza. If you don’t want to take the time to make it, I encourage you to order some, what’s the point of a National Holiday if no one celebrates it?
To Start, Thick Crust Pizza Dough:
- 1 ½ Cups to 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 tsp. Salt
- ½ tsp Sugar
- 1 Pkg. Active Dry Yeast
- ¾ Cup Water
- 1 Tbsp Oil
In large bowl, combine ¾ cup flour, salt, sugar, and yeast; blend well. In small saucepan, heat water and oil until very warm; add to flour mixture. Blend at low speed until moistened; beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Stir in ½ to ¾ cup flour to form stiff dough.
On floured surface, knead in ¼ to ½ cup flour until dough is smooth and elastic, about 3 to 5 minutes. Place dough in greased bowl; cover loosely with plastic wrap and cloth towel. Let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, about 30 to 40 minutes.
Punch down dough several times to remove all air bubbles. Set aside.
- ½ Cup Chopped Onion
- 3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
- 2 Tbsp Oil
- 1 Cup Chopped Fresh Tomatoes or halved cherry tomatoes
- 8-oz. can (1 Cup) Tomato Sauce
- 6-oz. Can Tomato Paste
- 1 tsp Salt
- 2 tsp Oregano Leaves
- 2 tsp Basil Leaves
- 1/8 tsp Pepper
In large skillet, sauté onion and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in remaining ingredients; simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- 1 Recipe Thick Crust Pizza Dough
- ¾ Cup Pizza Sauce
- 3 1/2 oz. Pkg. Sliced Pepperoni
- 5-oz. Jar Sliced Mushrooms, drained (Optional)
- ¼ Cup Chopped Green Pepper
- 6 oz. (1 ½ Cups) Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- 4 oz. (1 Cup) Shredded Provolone Cheese
Grease 12-inch pizza pan. With greased fingers, press dough into prepared pan, forming ½-inch rim. Cover; let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, 15 to 30 minutes.
Heat oven to 400 Degrees F. Bake crust 8 to 10 minutes or until set and very light golden brown. Spread sauce over partially baked crust. Arrange pepperoni, mushrooms and green pepper over pasta sauce. Combine mozzarella and provolone cheeses; sprinkle over pizza. Bake at 400 Degrees F. for an additional 18 to 25 minutes or until crust is a deep golden brown.