Wednesday, September 25, 2013

His and Hers Pizza Night

Everybody in this house likes something different on their pizza...really this should be his, hers, and theirs pizza night!  It can turn into a bit of a schmozzle when ordering out.  But if you make pizza at home, as long as you have the ingredients at home, it's totally do-able!!
I'm trying not to eat flour right now, but I gave that up for one night to make my fave: butter chicken pizza!  I already had leftovers of butter chicken from the slow cooker butter chicken I made the other night, so it was freeing up fridge space as well!

Cory has been obsessing over the idea of cheese-stuffed hot dogs baked into the crust of a meat laden pizza.  Not even joking.  He comes up with some pretty crazy meal creations, and this was one he would not give up on.  So I made his dreams come true!

The kids aren't too picky, it's pizza!  Sloane likes Spinach and Feta, and Presley goes for plain pepperoni.  Once you have a basic pizza dough recipe, the topping can be totally up to personal preference!  Slice it up, and serve it up with a big ol' Caesar Salad!

Pizza Dough
1 cup lukewarm water
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
2 1/2 – 3 cups flour (all purpose or whole wheat)
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon olive oil

In a large stainless steel bowl, stir together the water, yeast and sugar; set aside for 5 minutes, until it’s foamy.  Add 2 1/2 cups of the flour, & salt and stir until the dough comes together. Then using your hands, knead the dough for about 5 minutes, until it’s smooth and elasticy, adding a little more flour if the dough is too sticky.  I do it right in the bowl to save on clean up, but you could move it to the counter top as well.
Using the same bowl (no need to wash) cover the top of the bowl with a tea towel, and set aside in a warm place (I use the stove top, and bake cookies while I'm waiting!) for 30 minutes to an hour, or until doubled in size.  Oil a round pizza pan, and place dough in the centre.
Using your finger tips, gently push the dough out in a circle formation toward the edge.  Cover the pan once again with the tea towel, and allow the dough to rise on the pan.

Time for toppings!  
For the Butter Chicken - Spread the pizza dough with tomato sauce or paste, spread out leftover butter chicken, lots of chopped spinach, a handful of cilantro, and top with mozzarella cheese.  Add grated garlic and ginger over the top of cheese for some extra zing!

For the meat lovers - If you're doing the hot dog stuffed crust, slit the hot dogs, and add a long slice of cheese, place the hot dogs around the outer edge and gently wrap with dough.  Spread dough with tomato sauce, and add favorite toppings: pepperoni, onions, olives, peppers (etc.) top with mozzarella cheese and a sprinkling of dried basil.  Bake at 400F for 20-25 minutes, until bubbling in the centre, and golden at the edges.
Makes enough dough for 2 – 9” pizzas, or one big rectangular one.


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