First of all, let me say I know pizza is not a Southern dish. Several people have contacted me asking if I would post a recipe. I think some of us have been cooking for such a long time, we forget there are those cooks out there that are just starting out and don’t understand some of the cooking terms we old timers use or how to make recipes we would consider simple after so many years. My family loves pizza and we are very diversified in the foods we like. I have people on my site from all over the world and I would hope that most Southerners don’t just eat Southern food. Diversity is the spice of life! This is a very simple recipe for pizza crust. You can add all kinds of toppings and enjoy making the kind of pizza you like for your family. I am pleased that some of you have contacted me saying my recipes are easy to follow and I have helped in some small way to make anyone a better cook.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 package active dry yeast (1/4 ounce)
1 cup warm water
Whisk together the flour, salt and sugar. Add the yeast to the cup of warm water and stir to dissolve. Mix the yeast into the flour. (I used the dough hook on my mixer to do this. You can do it by hand, too) Turn out onto a floured board and add more flour if needed until you can handle and knead the dough. Knead dough until smooth and elastic. Grease a bowl with cooking oil. (I use Canola) and place dough in the bowl turning over once to make sure it is greased on both sides. Cover and let rise in a warm place about 45 minutes. (I cover my bowl with a clean dish towel and place on top of my stove with the light on that is over the stove top) Make sure the stove it not on! It’s o.k. if the oven is on just not the top burners. Dough should double in size. Once the dough rises remove and divide in half. Knead enough on floured surface to get any bubbles out of the dough. Roll each half into a 12 inch circle and place on a sprayed pizza pan. (If you don’t have a pizza pan you can put on a baking sheet in a rectangle) This make enough dough for 2 twelve-inch pizzas. If you don’t want to make both, the dough will keep in the refrigerator for about 4 days or you can freeze it to use later. Once you have your dough rolled out and on the pizza pan bake it for about 8 minutes at 425 degrees before adding toppings. Remove from oven brush crust with either tomato sauce or pizza sauce, add your toppings and cook about 15 minutes longer until cheese is melted and crust is brown at 425 degrees. Note: Meat toppings such as hamburger, sausage, bacon, ham, chicken, etc. should be cooked before adding to pizza.
Pizza Toppings – There are all kinds of toppings. This is a list of just a few you might want to consider
Meats – Sausage, Bacon, Hamburger, Ham, Salami, Pepperoni, Chicken, Turkey, Pork
Non-Meat Toppings – Black olives, red peppers, green peppers, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, broccoli
Cheeses – Mozzarella, Provolone, Jack, Munster and Feta
You can add the amounts of each item you like to your pizza. I usually use about 1/2 cup of each. Enjoy!
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