Friday, October 17, 2014

Dinner Tonight: Pizza Night!

IT'S FRIDAY! We are the "pizza on Friday" type. Every Friday I start some pizza dough around 5, and when my husband gets home about 7, we are ready to go. About every other Friday I double the recipe for company, and today we have our neighbors and their THREE boys joining us for dinner - maybe I should triple the recipe? 

Sidenote - we've been trying to force our kids away from the cartoons, because we just. cant. take. it. anymore. That being said, we take turns selecting the movie for the week, and the last 4 weeks have been Dolphin Tale, Pixar Shorts, Despicable Me, and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. As you can tell, I chose one of the 4 (hint: the one that's NOT A cartoon) and tonight, we're watching Air Bud! Praise GOD. 

Ok - here we go! 

For the Sauce:


  • 1 (6oz) can tomato paste
  • 4 T olive oil
  • 3/4 c water
  • 1 t each of oregano and basil
  • 2 T sugar
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a glass jar
  2. Allow to sit at LEAST an hour, preferably all day if you have the time
Pizza Dough:

  • 1 1/2 cup warm (not hot) water
  • 1 T yeast**
  • 1 t salt
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 4 T sugar or honey
  • 2 cups King Arthur White Whole Wheat flour
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  1. In your mixer, sprinkle yeast over warm water and add sugar/honey - let sit for 2 minutes
  2. Add salt, olive oil, and flour
  3. Oil your dough hook to avoid sticking, and knead for about 6 minutes
  4. Let dough rest for TEN minutes, no more, no less.**
  5. Roll out on counter and spread onto one cookie sheet or two round pizza pans
  6. Optional: cut mozzarella sticks in half lengthwise and roll into edges of dough to create a stuffed crust pizza
  7. Let rise for 30 minutes
**we use commercial yeast because we cook with it a LOT. If you are using active dry yeast, replace the ten minute rise with a 45 minute rise, punch down, and continue rest of recipe as written.

After you have made your sauce and dough has risen, top the dough with the sauce, add some cheese and various toppings of choice (we usually use some sausage, peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach, and whatever other veggies we have on hand). Sprinkle top with italian seasoning, place in oven at 350, and bake for 30 minutes! Warning - this dough rises quite a bit so be prepared for a THICK crust!!!

Thank GOD it's FRIDAY!!!!!

1 comment:

  1. We made this for dinner tonight. It was delicious - thanks for sharing!