One of our absolute favorite things around here is, pizza night. Liesel and I have even coined a song that we sing while making the pizza:) for the past year we have said goodbye to ordering pizza out and have been making it ourselves. Our pocket books and our tummies do not miss it one bit!!
Usually we buy our dough from Trader Joes ( hard to pass up their $1.09 steal!). We love all three varieties: wheat, white, garlic/herb. However, sometimes it’s hard to make the trek to TJ ( can someone please alert Hamilton county on their need for a store up here!!??!!). So, in the event that a Joe’s run has not happened I started making our dough. The results have been delicious! It’s super easy and the girls love helping.
Here is the recipe I’ve been following. You are going to love it!!
Pizza Dough Recipe
3 1/2- 4c bread flour
1 pkg active dry yeast
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp sugar
2 T plus 2tsp olive oil
1 1/2 c warm water
In mixer put all dry ingredients. Mix on low. While mixing get warm water (110*). Switch to dough hook. Add water and 2 T of oil. Mix until dough makes a soft, non sticky ball. Add in flour 1TB at a time until desired consistency. Transfer ball onto floured surface ( knead if still seems sticky) then place dough in oiled bowl and cover for one hour.
Tonight we just made a classic pepperoni pizza. We love using sandwich pep from the deli counter. Our sauce of choice is hunts marinara from the can ( crazy cheap) add a little olive oil to thin it + some additional oregano and basil and its perfect!
My parents bought a pizza stone a few months ago and wow what a difference!! The crust gets a perfect crispness and we’ve even used it to cook our pizza on the grill. Talk about a taste explosion, this you must try!! Here is our finished pizza
Some of our favorite-go to- recipes are: arugula+ bacon+ grape tomatoes on whole wheat crust, crumbled sausage+green pepper+ mushrooms on white, feta+mozzarella with only olive oil on herb crust. What are your favorite toppings? Happy pizza night all!!