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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

52 NEW Recipes (#2)

HOMEMADE PIZZA

As some of you know, yeast scared me to death.
Last year, I vowed to make yeast my friend.
I started making rolls once a week until I got
comfortable with yeast.
I cheat and use a bread machine on the dough machine.
I have two bread machines now.
I can honestly say, my $5.00 thrift store BREADMAN
machine makes the best dough.
This year in my 2011 GOALS, I want to experiment with the
dough I use to make the the rolls.
It is true, if you make something long enough, you
will get more creative.

I added one tablespoon of Pampered Chef seasoning, Parmesan Garlic to the dough before I mixed it.
I was still scared to make a pizza dough.
I had fears.
1.  Would it taste too sweet?
2.  Would it make too thick or thin of a crust?
3.  Would it be enough for one crust or 20?
4.  Could I make it in the morning and cook it in the evening?
5.  Do I let it rise 2 times before putting in pan?

THANK GOD FOR GRANDMA ROSA!!!

After my success with the 15 minutes dress, I turned
to YOUTUBE.COM.
Sure enough, there were plenty of people showing
me the CORRECT (aka THEIR way) to make
a pizza.
I fell in love with Grandma Rosa...she even talks
with an Italian accent....HELLLLOOOO....she
had me at her first word.
I watched the video several times.
SHE EVEN CHEATS and uses FROZEN dough....
which didn't really help me with my delima.
So, I just grabbed the dough out after the first beep.
I oiled my pan like Grandma Rosa did.
I stretched and stretched and stretched and stretched
and stretched and scratched my cheek and stretched
the dough some more.
Grandma did NOT make her dough go to the edges...
and she didn't worry that her dough wasn't all
perfect.
I did.

 Grandma didn't use meat on her pizza.
I did.
I mixed hamburger and Blue and Gold sausage.
Grandma didn't add peppers or onions.
I did.
I sauteed red and yellow bell peppers and 1/2 an onion
in butter.

 Grandma used mozzarella cheese.
I used pepper jack because my
husband likes spicy....why
else would he have married me.
I digress.
Please make note:  I used my food processor
I got for Christmas from my sister, Terri.
THANK YOU SISTER!!!

 Grandma used peeled plum tomatoes.
I used a can of stewed tomatoes.
Grandmas crushed them and tore them
with her fingers.
I DID TOO!!
NO SAUCE on this pizza...which scared me.
I trusted Grandma Rosa!!
I added the meat and pepper/onion mixture.
I added A LOT of cheese.
I let it "rest" for 30 minutes just
like Grandma Rosa.
I baked at 350 degrees for 40 minutes
just like Grandma Rosa.

 HE DID IT AGAIN!
HE SAT IN THE CHAIR TO EAT!
Notice:  He has TWO (2) THUMBS UP!!
(He told me to make sure I noted that he has
2 thumbs up)
My Review:
I will make this again and again!
I guess I could make up more than one dough
and freeze if I need.
Either way, I believe it will take the same amount
of time for the dough.  (Almost 2 hours)
The rest was easy and I froze the leftover meat.
I did make a trial dough the day before and pre-baked
it.....NOT NEAR AS GOOD.
I even thought about baking the dough and
then freezing......NAH.....

6 comments:

Mama Koch said...

Looks good. We like a thinner pizza crust, so I'd probably roll it even thinner.

Wait...how old are you? ..and you've NEVER made homemade pizza? Forshame, forshame.

My youngest worked at Joseppi's in Stillwater, so I have a in-house pizza maker. He wants me to install a brick oven next.

Julie said...

I love homemade pizza. I have a recipe that is really really good but the dough has to rest/rise for at least 10 hours so I have to really plan ahead.

Oh I would love to have a brick oven also. I can only imagine the things I could bake. Guarantee I would gain 100lbs.

MsByn said...

I love homemade pizza crust! I just found a book yesterday that has a very interesting way of creating bread doughs and I can't wait to try it out and post on my blog about it. I've heard rave reviews about it over and over... even with all whole grains!

Mountain Belle said...

Looks yummy! I love fresh made pizza. I can't wait till time for the fresh tomatoes and basil from the garden for some really yummy pizza.

Looks like you made a tasty one!
What I want to know is why I didn't get invited?

Rains Family said...

Yum!! That looks really good!!!I have a quick pizza crust recipe that you only have to let rise about 30 minutes if you want to try it...don't know if it's as good, but it doesn't take quite as much prep time if you are crunched for time.

Territory Mom said...

Great job, I'll try it. I'm not making dinner rolls anymore though. I have a love/hate relationship with yeast.

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