Be Your Own Pizzeria!

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you should notice my undying obsession for pizza and discovering the spots who do it best… The beautiful thing about pizza is that even when it’s bad it’s good, but the hard part is finding one that you actually enjoy and are willing to spend money on.  Since I am all about trying to teach you how to do these simple things from the comfort of your own home, why not give pizza a try?  It’s actually quite easy to pull off not too mention this gives you a chance to add ingredients that maybe you were never able to get from your favorite pizza joint.

Pizza Dough

Ingredients:

  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of active yeast
  • 2 teaspoons of Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil + more for coating
  • 1 3/4 cups of cold water

Procedures:

  1. Using a mixer with the paddle attachment add in dry ingredients until combined.  Slowly add in olive oil until combined.  Then slowly add in water until combined.
  2. After it is combined, remove the paddle attachment and put on the hook.  Beat for further 5-7 minutes.  Take the dough out and place it in a plastic slider bag and put in a warm dry place for 45 minutes.
  3. After the dough is proofed roll it out on cutting board (may need a little more flour here) to desire thickness and par bake it on a pizza tray sprinkled with cornmeal for 10 minutes on 425°.  NOTE: You can also put foil on the bottom of the oven that is sprinkled with cornmeal if you do not have a wood stone or pizza tray.
  4. Place on the ingredients and cook on 425° until dough is golden brown.

So, now that you’ve got the recipe it’s time to get creative!  For a little kick try adding grilled chicken, extra virgin olive oil, roasted garlic, fresh basil leaves and Mozzarella or keep it simple with fresh Roma tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil.   Here is the beauty about making homemade pizza!!
YOU ARE ONLY LIMITED BY YOUR CREATIVITY!! It’s time to have some fun and this is something the entire family can help do, not too mention it can actually be pretty dang cheap!!!   If you really want to add some cool flavor try cooking your entire pizza on the grill after par baking it and selecting your toppings.  If you have any food related questions connect with me at facebook.com/chefbillyparisi or at twitter.com/chefbillyparisi.

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