I know pizza is a treat in many homes, but in our home it is a staple! I always have toppings for some kind of pizza on hand and can easily get it on the table with at least an hours notice. It is great for just our family and perfect for the late notice company too … just ask them to bring a side salad to serve with it! Here is the basic dough recipe:
Pizza Dough *** flour amount updated
1 Cup hot water (just let the tap run for a minute)
2 heaping tsp yeast (or one yeast packet)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp oil
2 1/2 Cups flour
Put water & yeast into warmed mixing bowl (run hot water in it and dump it out) and stir with a fork until dissolved. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix with the dough hook attatchment until dough forms a ball around the hook. (Run a spatula down the side and put in a little more flour if sticking.)
Put in a ceramic or plastic bowl and let rise for about 30 minutes (you can skip the rising time if you are in a hurry … then you get thin crust pizza!)
Heat oven to 420 degrees.
Decide on toppings … try traditional: pepperoni, sausage, olives, mushrooms, peppers, tomatos, ham & pineapple … or something new: BBQ chicken (some BBQ sauce with cooked, shredded chicken ALL under the cheese), taco – bake with the taco meat and beans on it and then top with cheddar, lettuce, tomatos, olives and sourcream, or Thai style chicken (this takes a little longer to make, but if you have the time to let the dough rise, you can get this made.)
Spread the dough on a pan coated in cooking spray, or spread on the counter and place on a stone sprinkled with corn meal. Don’t forget the Mozzerella cheese! Bake 15 minutes @ 420! Let cool 5 minutes, cut and serve!
Thai Style Chicken Pizza
3/4 Cup rice vinegar
1/4 Cup brown sugar
1/4 Cup soy sauce
3 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp peanut butter
1 Tbsp fresh ginger (or 1 tsp ground ginger)
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (if you don’t like spicy only put in 1/4 tsp!)
1 Tbsp corn starch
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1/4 Cup green onions, sliced
Combine sauce ingredients, stir, and set aside. Saute cubed chicken in pan coated with cooking spray. Remove from pan. Pour sauce into pan and boil for 10 minutes until mixture is thickened, stirring frequently. Stir in chicken and onions. Sprinkle over pizza crust and top with cheese before baking.
NOTE: You can make extra of the Thai Style Chicken and freeze it for later too!