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Friday, April 12, 2013

Homemade Cheese Pizza

Homemade Cheese Pizza
Last night I was in the mood for pizza so I decided to whip one up. I used my own dough and homemade tomato sauce. There are not too many ingredients in this recipe so the your shopping list will not be long. The recipe for the dough was listed previously in my Pepperoni Stromboli Link. It's quite simple and you could even use store bought pizza dough or even pizza dough from your favorite pizza place or Bread store. Since today happens to be a rainy Friday, this might be perfect for dinner and fun to make with the kids too! Enjoy!


1 1/2 - 2 Pounds of Pizza Dough
1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese
Salt & Pepper
Handful of Fresh Chopped Basil plus a handful of whole basil for sauce
4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
2 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
Handful of Fresh Parsley
3 Whole Peeled Garlic Cloves
2 Can Chopped Tomatoes
1 Cup of flour

Directions for the Sauce:

Blend the 1 can of chopped tomatoes in a blender until smooth. In a pot, add 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil and the garlic cloves. On medium heat, heat the oil and garlic until the garlic starts to sizzle, not turn brown. If it turns brown, throw it out and start over because if you don't your sauce will also have that burnt taste. Once the garlic is sizzling, add the blended can of tomatoes and the can of chopped tomato's with it's juices. Let this simmer for 15 minutes and then add the whole basil, salt and pepper and 1 teaspoon of garlic salt. Let simmer for another 20 minutes on low heat. Your sauce is finished. You will definitely have left over sauce because this will not all be needed for the pizza but you can use this sauce as a base to make almost any meal you want to OR make 2 pizza'

How to Prepare Pizza:

Pre-heat oven to 350. Stretch out dough on floured surface with a floured rolling pin. Once you have your dough to the appropriate form, make sure it is not too thin or has holes in it. Place your dough on a pizza sheet. I do not spray my pan or rub oil on it but I have in the past, so you can do that if you'd like before placing dough on sheet. Now you are ready to build your pizza. First add your sauce that you made previously. This is where "Less is More" kind of helps. You will probably use about 1/2 cup to 3/4 of a cup. I put it on with a serving spoon. It makes it easier to make a judgement call on the amount of sauce I use. Leave about a 1 1/2" space around the perimeter of pizza dough. Once the sauce is added, take the remaining olive oil and mix it with salt and pepper and the remaining garlic salt in a dish. Take a brush and brush this mixture around the edge of the dough so that it will cook nice and crunchy in the oven. Then add your Mozzarella cheese to the top of the sauce. Place pizza on middle shelf in oven and let it cook for about 30 minutes. To get an extra crispy top, put the broiler on high and let pizza sit for another minute. My family likes it a little more cooked so that is why I will use the broiler at the end. When the pizza is finished cooking place on counter for 5 minutes to cool and then add fresh chopped basil to garnish. Enjoy!


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