PIZZA!

Who doesn’t love pizza, especially homemade. The Fourth of July holiday weekend has come and long gone but I did not have time to post what I had made until now. The reason for that was an unexpected family medical emergency. All is thankfully okay and I have some time so I thought I would post all the good stuff that I prepared.

We had our close and great, not to mention, cool friends over for Fourth of July and I decided to make pizza and chicken wings and then brownies for dessert. Let’s talk about the pizza first, shall we. Over the months I have tried different pizza dough recipes but had never tried my mama’s recipe. It is tried and true and always turns out great whenever she would make it for us. Oooohhh, I love the mini pizzas she would whip up! My mom can cook, really, ask my friends 🙂 So I made a Margherita pizza and one with mushrooms, onions, pepper, pepperoni and spicy pork sausage. Unfortunately, I did not remember to take a picture of the preparation stage of the pizzas but I do nave the end result 🙂 Here is the pizza dough recipe, courtesy of my wonderful, sweet mama. By the way, I doubled the recipe as the ingredients below make one big pizza only and I can never make just one pizza for company.

I have to say that this dough is easier to work with than others. You can let it rise for longer than an hour while you prepare other things.

PIZZA DOUGH INGREDIENTS:

2 cups floor
1 tbsp yeast
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup canola oil
As much lukewarm water as it takes until the dough is soft, moist and springs back when you touch it
DIRECTIONS:
Put flour in mixer with salt, yeast and sugar. (if you do not own a mixer, do not fear, just use your hands) Mix. Add yogurt slowly while still mixing. Add canola oil and water slowly until dough becomes smooth. Cover in bowl and let rise 1 hour.
Oh, I almost forgot. Before the pizza and wings there were some very simple yet colorful appetizers. Take a look. We have some peaches, apricots, tomatoes, sour and regular cherries all from the farmers market. You may not be able to see it all that well but there is some white Armenian string cheese next to the olives. My mom makes really good string cheese–just ask my friends 🙂 I have some fig jam which is great paired with the white Manouri Greek cheese on the left. Some Havarti dill cheese on the right and olive tapenade and crackers.
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We munched on these while I was getting the pizza accessories ready. Silly me, I forgot to take a picture of the risen dough! It was beeyutiful! Next time I hope I will remember.
The sauce recipe I used for the meat pizza is here. It was quite good. I did not use the honey or anchovy paste but feel free to try it with that.
Recipe taken from Allrecipes
 INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 6 fluid ounces warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste(optional)

  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1/8 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

  • salt to taste

DIRECTIONS:
  1. In a small bowl, combine tomato paste, water, Parmesan cheese, garlic, honey, anchovy paste, onion powder, oregano, marjoram, basil, ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes and salt; mix together, breaking up any clumps of cheese.
  2. Sauce should sit for 30 minutes to blend flavors; spread over pizza dough and prepare pizza as desired.
Here is the sauce and topping recipe I used for the margarita pizza.
INGREDIENTS:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to grease pan
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, drained and hand crushed (recommended: San Marzano)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 recipe fresh pizza dough, recipe follows
1 (8-ounce) ball fresh buffalo mozzarella, water drained
1/2 bunch fresh basil leaves

Begin by making the tomato sauce. In a large saute pan over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil, the minced garlic, thyme and oregano. Cook until just fragrant then add the crushed tomatoes and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Lower the heat and simmer for 7 to 8 minutes to reduce and concentrate the flavor. Shut off the heat and set aside.

I did not use a recipe for the meat pizza because there was no need. Again, I forgot to take pictures of the ingredients (Sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions and peppers) and the uneaten pizza but I did manage to take a picture of the half eaten pizza 🙂

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Did the Fourth of July feast end here? Heck no! Chicken wings coming up in another post and be sure to stay tuned for brownies!!! Oh and we also baked cookies after the fireworks but that will be another post once I obtain the recipe 🙂

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