Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pizza Night


I know I've shared recipes in the past on making pizza. Somehow homemade pizza never gets old!! We are not weekly pizza people. I have a few friends that serve it weekly. I've never done that, but do see the appeal!

Not long ago we had a pizza night. I have young boys in the house and to them it's not pizza unless it has pepperoni on it. So I made 3 pizza's. Two were pepperoni for the boys (and my hubby) and the other my daughter and I called.. the girls pizza. It was bbq chicken, bacon, feta with a white sauce. It was amazing!!

I began by making 3 pizza crusts. Here is my recipe..

My Basic Pizza Crust
Makes 3 crust

2 Tbs yeast
¾ c warm water
6 ½ to 7 cups flour
1 ½ c warm water
1 TBS salt
4 ½ T olive oil

In a mixer such as a Bosch or a Kitchen Aid add yeast and warm water. Let it sit for a few minutes to dissolve and activate. Add 2 cups of flour and all remaining ingredients. Mix dough well adding the extra flour until the dough will not stick to the sides of the bowl. Knead for about 4 minutes in the Bosch and 6 to 8 in the Kitchen Aid.

If you made this dough in a Kitchen Aid then let the dough rise for 1 hour. If made in a Bosch, skip this step.

Punch down dough, divide into 3 pieces and roll out to fit a 14 inch pizza pan. Either grease the pan or put parchment paper down first, this is my choice.

Par-bake each crust for 6 minutes at 475. Remove from oven, spread sauce over all and then top with desired toppings.

Bake an additional 15 to 18 minutes until the cheese has melted and the pizza is looking a nice golden color. Serve and enjoy!!



They both had the typical (at least for us) onions and peppers. I added olives to the “boys pizza”.

The pepperoni pizza was pretty basic.. sauce (I used spaghetti sauce that I had in the fridge, from a jar, that needed to be used up) and then topped with onions, peppers, olives and mozzarella cheese.
 



I took 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken thighs and cut them up into bite size pieces. I cooked them in a little coconut oil in a frying pan until they were no longer pink. I then poured bbq sauce over them to coat them nicely. I also fried up about ¼ pound of bacon.

To assemble the pizza I used ranch dressing for the white sauce. I spread this over crust, and topped with the chicken, bacon, onion slices and pepper slices. Then put mozzarella cheese over the top and sprinkled some feta as well.


Both pizzas were baked for about 15 minutes. And we thoroughly enjoyed them!!



 
 

4 comments:

  1. Looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

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  2. Crystal,
    A couple of questions:
    1. what temperature
    2. What is the difference in a Bosch vs. Kitchenaid that you don't have let the dough rise. What is the technique on the Bosch - possibly a slower mixing motion?
    Alice

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    1. Hi Alice,
      The temperature to bake the pizza is 475, same as for par-baking...

      The Bosch is built entirely different from the Kitchen Aid. The Bosh has a stronger motor and incorporates much more air into the dough as it mixes. Therefore a second rising is not needed.

      Crystal :)

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  3. Looks much better than any store bought pizza!

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