Sunday, April 1, 2012

Home-made Pizza

each section has different stuff on it... one corner has no cheese...
We had a bunch of our friends over and we made home-made pizza, salad and some (boxed) wings.

-pizza dough (ours was home-made whole wheat dough)
-pizza sauce
-pizza toppings (pepperoni, mushroom, green peppers)
-oregano (optional)

-olive oil
-pizza tray
-rolling pin

Set oven to 425C. Before you start, you will have to put some flour on the counter so the dough didn't stick to it, then kneaded out the dough with your hands into a semi-flat pizza-looking mound. Then put some flour on the rolling pin and roll the dough into a circle. You will want to make sure you have enough dough around the edges to gather with your fingers to make the crust. 

Pour a small amount of olive oil onto a paper towel and spread it on the pizza tray. Carefully lift the pizza onto the tray and gather the edges into a boarder that resembles something like crust (this is optional, if you don't want crust then go for it!) 

Next step: make sure you are using pizza sauce and not tomato paste, then continue. Pour the sauce onto the dough and spread it around with a nice, big spoon. Then, add your toppings. What we did, was we put the pepperoni on first, then a small layer of cheese, the the rest of the veggies, followed by another layer of cheese. You may want to put the pepperonis on the top layer if you want them crispy. 

Throw it in the oven on the middle rack for about 20-25 min. Check to see when the crust turns a nice golden brown. If you take it out prematurely, then the middle of the pizza will not be cooked all the way. 

I would recommend using either a pizza cutter or a serrated knife to cut the pizza, and a spatula to serve. 

If you are cooking for 1, then you can divide the dough and freeze it for future use. Then you can make the pizza, like above, but then put it on either a cookie sheet, or even a baking tray. Make sure you oil the pan, though. If your pan is small enough, you can even make it in the toaster oven!


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