Recipe: Homemade Pizza!

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:

Dissolve together:

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!

Toppings:

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! =)

Enjoy!

 

 

2 comments

  1. Jennifer Clauson says:

    When I make homemade pizza, I cook the dough for about 10 minutes before adding the toppings. Otherwise the crust isn’t crispy enough for our taste.

    • sdevalve@cedarville.edu says:

      Yes, I bake the pizza dough for about 10 minutes right at the beginning, before all the sauce and toppings and meat go on it! =)

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