Pizza is one of America's beloved dishes. It's generally the Choice meal for those in a hurry, the least likely meal to be rejected by hungry kids and one of the cheapest to feed an entire family. But, for many families, pizza arrives via a knock at the door and hidden within a cardboard box. Here is a simple, dirt cheap, yet delicious pizza dough recipe for making pizza at home . . .
2 1/2 c. Flour
2 T. Oil (olive or vegetable oil)
1 c. Warm water 100-105F
1 tsp Sugar
1 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp Active yeast
In a medium size mixing bowl mix flour, sugar and salt until well combined. Pour half of the flour mixture into a bowl, add yeast, stirring well. To the yeast/flour mix, add the warm water and oil, mixing well until very smooth, add remaining flour/sugar/salt mixture until fully incorporated. Cover with a clean cloth and let rest 5 minutes.
To make a traditional pizza you'll need mozzarella cheese, 1 8 oz can tomato sauce, 1 tsp Italian seasoning, 1 tsp minced garlic. Combine the garlic, Italian seasoning and tomato sauce together.
Lightly oil or flour your hands and spread the pizza dough onto a pizza pan that has been dusted lightly with cornmeal.
Apply the sauce, add a layer of chopped pepperoni or sausage, peppers, onions, or whatever toppings your family desires. Add a layer of mozzarella cheese, add additional toppings as desired.
This truly is a matter of personal preference. In the northeast folks generally prefer their toppings on TOP of their cheese. In the Midwest, the toppings are often UNDER the cheese. This is strictly a regional thing- and it doesn't matter where you put them!
Bake your Pizza for 16-18 minutes at 400F If you like really thick crust you can double the dough recipe and extend the baking time by 5 minutes.