AUNT LISA’S HOMEMADE PIZZA
1 pkg. yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 cup warm water
2.5 cups flour
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 tsp salt
Dissolve yeast in warm water, add sugar, cover, and let rest until foamy.
Combine flour, olive oil and salt in mixer, add yeast mixture.
With dough hook mix slowly at first, then turn mixer on high until dough does not stick to sides.
Leave dough in mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a towel, let rise in warm place for 1 hour.
Cut dough in quarters for very thin crust, or in half for thicker dough.
Flour a sheet pan, place dough you will use immediately on sheet and cover to rise a second time (45 minutes).
Place remaining dough in a freezer bag to be used another day. Remember when using the frozen dough, let it thaw, then rise…I leave mine out most of the day.
After the 45-minute rising time, roll out dough and place on stone if you have one or on baking sheet.
I pre-heat my oven to 500 degrees.
1 large can of tomatoes (I use whole or pieces – Cento Brand)
Garlic (fresh or powder)
Basil (fresh or flakes)
Sugar to taste (I use 2 teaspoons)
Red Pepper flakes (according to your family’s tolerance to heat)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Place all ingredients in a food processor, blend.
This mixture will make way more than enough for one pizza. If I’m making spaghetti and meat sauce the next week, I use the remainder of this mixture with the sauce. Also, any Italian chicken dish you make, combine the remainder of this sauce with your regular mixture. It’s great!
Toppings…Your Choice! But I use:
Black olives sliced
Bacon baked and crumbled
Red Pepper, sliced
Monterey Pepper-Jack Cheese
Crumbled Goat Cheese
Marinated artichoke hearts
Aunt Lisa and Uncle Mike like their crust thin, with a small amount of sauce. They also don’t like the all the supreme junk we put on ours. I use more sauce and for a regular sized pizza I bake it—fully loaded about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on how much crunch you like in your crust. Be creative! Prosciutto, Italian sausage, bacon…all good choices. Be sure to cook any raw meat, onions and garlic you use before putting them on the pizza. Enjoy ~