Monday, March 7, 2011

Not-Takeout Pizza

Sometimes the only way I can talk myself out of order pizza ... is ... to ... make pizza.

Lucky me, I got home one night and Grant had already made the crust for me. He makes better crust than I do anyway. If I'm planning ahead, I use an overnight recipe.

Then I cover that in pre-made pizza sauce. Spaghetti sauce works, too, but Grant says it tastes different. When I use that, I swear he doesn't notice.

His half has pepperoni. I LOVE black olives, so I chopped some up.

Then cover that in grated mozzarella. Sometimes I grate my own, but this was a let's-order-Pizza-Hut kind of night, so I couldn't be bothered.

Bake it until it's all done and delicious-looking! I like my Pampered Chef pizza baking stone, but a cookie sheet works as well.

This is also an old Pampered Chef pizza cutter. I'm not a big PC fan, but these two products rock. My sweet, talented husband somehow can't cut pizza, so I do it.

Plate up and eat. Feel guilty that you're eating pizza, but happy that you saved about $15.

Easy Homemade Pizza
(serves 3 for dinner)

1 pizza crust (pre-made or recipe below)
Pizza sauce (or pasta sauce)
Your favorite toppings
Mozzarella cheese (or Italian blend)

1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Make pizza. You know how to do this already. I'm just posting this as a dinner idea for you.
3. Bake until it's as done as you like it.

Easy Wheat Pizza Crust
(makes 1 crust)

1 package active dry yeast (or equivalent, marked on jar)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup warm water
1 1/4 cups wheat flour
1 1/4 cups bread flour (or all-purpose)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
Cornmeal for dusting

To give due credit, my crust recipe is modified from this original, so visit here for directions:

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