Saturday, July 31, 2010

Homemade Pizza

ready to serve

getting ready to put in the oven

I think the perfect Saturday night dinner consists of homemade pizza and sweet tea. Simple and yummy. When Aaron and I were living in MN and in grad school, I made homemade pizza every Saturday night for two years in a row. We've taken a bit of a break since then, but lately I have been reviving the tradition. I love homemade pizza! Here is the recipe that I use:

Dough: 2 1/4 tsp yeast
1 c. warm water
2 Tbsp oil
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 c flour
Mix together; knead; let rise; punch down; bake at 425

Sauce (really more of an art than a science. I frequently change up the spices to get different sauce strengths):

16 ounces tomato sauce
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
2 1/2 tsp parsley
1 tsp basil
1 1/2 tsp minced onion
1/2 tsp black pepper
dash of garlic salt
mix; let simmer until spices are evenly distributed; spread on crust

I like to top with a combination of shredded mozzarella and fresh grated parmesan cheese. Also, I melt butter,combine with garlic powder and brush the edges of the crust.

The topping on this pizza is pepperoni, mushroom, black olive, red onion and green pepper (from our garden).

As far as pans go, I prefer to use round, air bake pans.

You may already have a favorite pizza recipe, but I thought I would share mine. I love to cook "fancy" dinners, but this simple pizza recipe has to be my favorite thing to make!

I used to think that making pizza was a good group activity until one day when Aaron's sister and I were making it together. Aaron and I were newly married, and we were in charge of the pizza for dinner. Well, we had a slight miscommunication. I added garlic to the sauce and she added garlic on top of the crust before spreading the sauce (both great things to do, but just not at the same time) HA. That was very garlicy pizza. I think the whole family drank a gallon of water apiece just trying to get it down. They were too nice to tell me what they really thought of it at the time (they waited a year and then I haven't stopped hearing about it since....I predict that one of them will comment on this)

Anyway, do you have a favorite homemade pizza recipe?


  1. Your pizza looks awesome, Deanna! When can we come over for dinner?!

  2. Deanna! This is the exact dough recipe I used for the first time today, and it actually works!!!!!!!!!!!! Now to try your sauce. Looks good. :)


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