Our Sunday Tradition: Homemade Pizza
I have never met a person who doesn’t love pizza, but how many of us feel the challenge of making our own? I love making pizza and have been doing it since I was a teen in 4-H. Every Sunday night in our house is pizza night. I make two pizzas piled high with toppings and then have enough for the kids’ lunches for a couple of days.
Making your own pizza is not only cost effective but also healthier. Have you noticed how expensive it has become to get a pizza? Even when there is a deal, it still seems unreasonable.
I have an oldie but goodie recipe for making pizza dough from my original Betty Crocker cookbook. After making the dough, I cut up fresh veggies, use our home-grown beef and, of course, Parmesan cheese, Mozzarella cheese, and sometimes a third depending on what I have in the refrigerator.
Each week when I make the pizza I always do something different, either with the toppings or trying to perfect the taste. Note that the more toppings you put on, the longer you need to let it cook. I also cook mine at 375 degrees vs the 425 in the recipe.
1 package dry yeast (if using the jar, it equals 2 ¼ tsp)
1 c warm water
2 ½ c all-purpose flour
2 T vegetable oil
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
Toppings: pizza sauce, veggies, meats, cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Dissolve yeast in warm water in 2 ½ quart bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients, beat vigorously 20 strokes. Let rest 5 minutes.
Form dough into a ball and roll into a circle. Layer with pizza sauce and your favorite toppings. Bake in oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, add cheeses, and bake for another 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted.