Wednesday, January 18, 2012

How To Make A Pizza:

Every month with each Food Network magazine you also receive a little pull-out book with
50 easy recipes on one single food. I don't recall what issue it was but my Food Network 
magazine came with a 50 pizzas little book and they made making pizza seem so simple
that I had to try it, ever since then I haven't stopped making my own pizzas! Not only is it
super simple but it is also delicious, fun and rewarding to see your creation.

I will share with you guys the basic pizza dough recipe + instructions and from there you
can make your pizza dough a blank canvas and cover with whatever combinations you
can dream of! Of course I will also share some of my favorite ;) Hope you enjoy!

First of all, How to make a pizza.

Step 1: Place a pizza stone or an inverted baking sheet (which is what I use)
on the lowest oven rack and preheat to 500 degrees.

Step 2: Stretch 1 pound dough on a floured pizza peel, large wooden cutting
board or parchment paper (which is what I use).

Step 3: Top as desired, then slide the pizza (with the parchment paper, if using)
onto the stone or inverted baking sheet. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes.

Simple as 1. 2. 3.

Pizza Dough
recipe from: Food Network Magazine


- 3 3/4 c. flour
- 1 1/2 t. salt
- 1 1/3 c. warm water
- 1 T. sugar
- 1 packet yeast (or 1 T.)
- 3 T. olive oil + a little extra to brush dough

1. Whisk flour and salt together. Make a well.

2. Add warm water, sugar and yeast. whisk a little.

when foamy, mix in 3 T. olive oil.
3. Once dough comes together, use your (floured) hands and knead for about 5 minutes,
until dough is smooth. If your dough is too sticky add 1-2 T. of flour but you shouldn't
add more than that, dough should be soft. Brush top with olive oil.

4.  Move dough to a clean bowl brushed with a bit of olive oil and cover,
place in a warm place and let double in size, about 1 1/2-2 hours.


5. Divide dough into two 1 pound balls. Use 1 pound per pizza.

Tips: Prep all of your pizza ingredients while dough is rising. Or you can also make the dough
ahead of time, wrap each ball individually in plastic wrap, put in a ziploc and freeze. Once you
get the craving for pizza, thaw and follow the rest of the instructions, Dinner in no time!

Now that we got that down... I would like to share some classic and some favorite pizza
combinations with you.


New York style: Drizzle dough with olive oil, then top with 1/2 c. tomato sauce and
2 c. shredded  mozzarella. Bake, then garnish with pecorino, dried oregano and olive oil.

Pepperoni-Mushroom: Make New York style pizza; top with sauteed mushrooms and
sliced pepperoni before baking.


BBQ Chicken: Top with cooked chicken, 1/4 bbq sauce or more if you'd like,
chopped scallions, pickled jalapenos and 1 c. shredded cheddar. Bake until golden.

Hawaiian: Top with 1/2 c. each tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella and diced pineapple,
2 oz. sliced ham and red pepper flakes; bake until golden.

Hope everyone enjoy this pizza post and gets encouraged to make your own pizzas.

xoxo Lidia

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