THIS recipe, folks, is to die for. Literally. If I only had one meal before I died, it would probably be this one. We had this pizza for every birthday in my family growing up.
Just for proof. My brother is turning 25 in 2 days. Here he is at his 9th birthday party. Check out the food on the table. (also, I know it looks like we lived in the ghetto….but I promise that we had a happy and healthy childhood…we just happened to live on the edge of the Sahara desert in a mud house with sporadic electric and water.)
But friends, making this pizza takes some work. Stick with me, it’s worth it in the end. There are four major components to a fully homemade pizza: dough, sauce, meat and toppings (including cheese)
Start with the dough:
1 T yeast
3/4 c warm water
2 T sugar
Let sit until yeast starts acting ‘active’, then add:
2 T oil
1/8 t salt
Gradually add 2 1/2-3 1/2 c flour ( I find it usually takes closer to 2 1/2)
Mix it up until smooth, spread on greased pizza pan and place in 350* oven for 10 minutes, or until golden around the edges.
– Heart shaped for our Valentine’s Day meal.
While the dough is cooking, work on the sauce:
1 can tomato sauce
Oregano, Basil and garlic salt to taste.
Mix well, and spread on top of the pizza dough.
Then, add the meat.
I usually brown a pd of hamburger (for 2-3 pizzas) and spread that on top of the sauce. Pepporoni or whatever meat YOU like on pizza is also perfectly acceptable. And, I SUPPOSE no meat at all is also acceptable…
Once the meat is spread on top of the sauce, which is on top of the dough, add the toppings! I like to add EVERYTHING on my pizza, but obviously pizza is great for many different tastes. I usually make a whole pizza for me, and a whole one for Theo. We like different toppings (or in his case, none at all, really), and we always want leftovers!
Onions, peppers, olives, mushrooms, and cheese (or whatever else you like to add!)
*we buy our cheese in blocks and grate it ourselves, so that always adds a little bit of time to the pizza-making process*
Place pizza in oven for 5-10 minutes, until cheese is melted and all toppings are warmed through. Usually, we end up waiting a total of….3 minutes…because we are SO hungry and SO, SO excited to eat it!
*His and Hers*
This pizza goes great with carrot sticks and other crunchy vegetables. I also love to wash it down with some coke. African coke in a bottle is preferable, but I’ll take the American version, too! =)