Summer is fading away and now it’s time again for Sunday Pizza. We started taking a break from pizza making in the summer because who wants to turn on the oven when it’s so hot.
Although just plain cheese with no red (marinara) sauce is our favorite, we like to experiment and come up with different kinds of pizza. We have made chicken with blueberry pizza, fajita pizza, BLT (bacon lettuce tomato) pizza, and grilled chicken with bacon pizza. You can put just about any combination of meat and/or vegetable on pizza.
We just make basic pizza dough and let it rise for an hour. Punch the dough down, I don’t know why it is called punch which sounds way too angry for the kitchen. I just gently push it down to reduce the volume by about half. You then let it rest while you preheat the oven and get your toppings together.
Decide which pan you are going to use. I have used a cookie sheet, pizza pan, or pizza stone, but my favorite is a cast iron griddle or skillet. If you use cast iron you can put it in the oven to preheat and then take it out to put your pizza dough in it. Be careful because it will be hot.
Pick up the dough and smooth it out into the shape and size that you want and then place it on whatever pan you are using. It doesn’t have to be round, it can be any shape you are in the mood for. Round, rectangle, square, heart shaped, etc. You can make one pizza or divide the pizza dough and make several small pizzas. Brush with olive oil or you can use marinara sauce if you like. Sprinkle the cheese over the olive oil or marinara and then place your toppings on the pizza. I like to brush the edges of the pizza crust with a mixture of olive oil, salt, and garlic powder.
Bake the pizza at 450 degrees until the crust is starting to brown and the cheese is melted. Let it cool a bit before you cut into it so the cheese won’t slide off of your pizza.
This is a really easy recipe, you just have to do a little planning like start your pizza dough an hour before you are ready to cook so that the dough can rise. Also, you will want to prepare whatever toppings you are going to put on the pizza. Grate your cheese and have everything ready.
We don’t cook hard or complicated recipes. If you make a pizza this Sunday, let us know what kind you made and it will give us another idea for Sunday Pizza.
Pizza Dough Recipe:
In a bowl: 1 cup all purpose flour 1 package yeast 1 tbsp sugar 1 tbsp garlic powder 1 tsp salt 1 cup warm water (I warm it in the microwave for about 25 seconds – you just want it to be lukewarm never hot).
Mix it all together and then put the dough on a floured counter. Add a little flour at a time while kneading the pizza until it is no longer sticky. I usually end up adding about another cup of flour but you may not need that much or may need a little more.
Place the ball of dough into a mixing bowl that has been sprayed with oil spray or you can just use olive oil to oil the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rise for an hour. After an hour, punch the dough down and cover it while you get everything else ready. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
When the oven is ready, shape the dough and put it into your pan. Add your sauce or olive oil, next add the cheese, and then add your toppings. In a small bowl mix together 2 tbsp olive oil, ¼ tsp salt, ½ tsp garlic powder and brush it on the edges. Bake until the crust is starting to brown and the cheese has melted.