Pizza. Oh how I love thee. Oh how my whole family loves thee. In my opinion, pizza is one of the best foods in the world. Therefore it must be made every week. Usually on Fridays. And because I mostly just post pictures of food on Instagram, I am driven to post our pizza every Friday night. I'm a really exciting person to follow.
The pizza recipe I usually use I got from The Hairyshoefairy, but I couldn't find it on her blog so I'll post it here as well. I thought I had gotten it from her blog, but it must have been a live, in-person recipe exchange. Not all that common these days, but I do try to have real human interaction occasionally.
1 tbsp. yeast
1 cup warm water
2.5 cups flour
2 tbsp. oil
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add remaining ingredients and beat vigorously 20 strokes. Let rest 5 minutes. Roll out and add toppings. Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees.
This recipe makes enough dough for two thin crust pizzas. I prefer a thicker crust so I have been using this recipe to make one large pizza and one small dessert pizza.
Until recently. Now we are a stuffed crust pizza family. And I LOVE it! I use the full dough recipe and tuck the yummy cheesiness into the extra crust. And for those who prefer pictures, I have some step by step tips to make the best pizza ever.
First, take your mozzarella cheese sticks and cut them in half, length wise. I usually use just under five cheese sticks. I end up cutting off about an inch with the size of my pizza stone.
We have a few personal favorites. We LOVE pesto pizza. We use pesto for the sauce (we grow lots of basil in the garden and I freeze pesto to use the rest of the year) (or you could use store bought) (or even make it fresh! whatever works). We like tomatoes, broccoli and carrots on our pesto pizza, topped with lots of mozzarella.
Our recent favorite has been to use Alfredo for our pizza sauce. We put sausage, olives, peppers, tomatoes and fresh basil on it. SO good. I use this Alfredo recipe from the lovely Jessica of Butter With A Side of Bread.
So! Here is where the recipe swap part comes in to play. Since we're a pizza every week family, I'm always looking for fun new toppings to try. And it's polite to share. Especially when it comes to sharing yummy pizza toppings.