Saturday, August 24, 2013

His and Hers Pizzas

Picky Kid Cheese Pizza
My family loves pizza, it is seriously bordering on obsession.  Making it at home allows us to each have whatever kind we want.  Kids love a make-your-own and Geoff and I don't have to argue about toppings, win and win. 

To start you need pizza dough.  My recipe is super simple and inexpensive, but you could purchase store bought to speed up your pizza. 

Ingredients for dough:
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon yeast
1teaspoon sugar
2 cups (or so) ap flour
dash of salt
splash of olive oil

In your mixer add the water, yeast and sugar and allow to proof for 5 minutes.  

Next, add about 1/2 tsp of salt, 1 tbsp olive oil and 2 cups of flour.

Turn the mixer on and combine.  You want to see the dough form a ball, you may need to add small increments of flour until the dough pulls away from the sides and forms a ball.

 Let the mixer do the kneading for you and let it go for 5 minutes.

Then cover with a towel and allow to rise until double in size and had bubbles on top, about 2 hours.

This will make 2 tiny kid pizzas and 2 personal size adult pizzas or 1 big pizza.  You can double the recipe for more pizza dough. 

His Pizza:  BBQ Chicken
I love a veggie pizza, but my husband wants meaty.  Making personal pizzas lets us both have what we would prefer.  
Ingredients: (for personal sized pizza)

1/2 cup cooked chicken
1 ear of corn cut off the cob
1/4 bell pepper, finely diced
2 tablespoons diced onion
2 tablespoons sliced black olives
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro 
2 tablespoons bbq sauce
1/2 cup grated mozzarella
2 tablespoons grated smoked gouda

Preheat your pizza stone in a 475 degree oven for at least 30 minutes.  

If you don't have a pizza stone, you can make these on a cookie sheet.  Oil a cookie sheet and add the rolled out but untopped pizza dough.  Bake for 5-7 minutes by itself to allow it to set up and the bottom to brown a little bit.  Then pull out and top.  
Roll out the dough on a floured cutting board or pizza peel.  Top with bbq sauce then cheese.  Add the chicken, corn, bell pepper, onion and olives. 

Carefully slide off the pizza peel or cutting board using your widest spatula on to the pizza stone and cook until top is golden, about 12-15 minutes.  Check after 2 minutes and take a fork to any bubbles that have formed. 

To remove from the oven, place the cutting board next to the pizza stone and use the spatula to scoot the pizza onto the cutting board.  Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.

Her's Pizza:  Margherita
This is my very favorite pizza, super simple and super delicious.
Ingredients (for personal sized pizza):
1 cup roasted tomatoes 
10 or so cloves of roasted garlic
1/4 cup sliced fresh basil
olive oil
1/2 cup grated mozzarella

Roll out the dough and drizzle with olive oil.  Top with cheese and roasted tomatoes (to make tomatoes: toss cherry tomatoes with olive oil, salt, pepper and a 1 teaspoon brown sugar, roast for about 20 minutes while the pizza stone heats up).  and roasted garlic (wrap a head of garlic, drizzled with olive oil in aluminum foil, roast about 40 minutes until golden and spreadably soft).  

Place in the oven for 12-15 minutes until cheese is melted and the top is golden.  Remove from the oven and top with the fresh basil. 


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