Thursday, June 25, 2015

Recipe - Fast Pizza

I love pizza as much (or more than ) the next person and if you told me I had to eat it every night, I would be totally fine with that.  However, delivery pizza can be expensive, frozen pizza is just full of preservatives and other fake things, and sometimes homemade pizza just takes too long. I have found a quick and easy way to make your own pizza from scratch, and it doesn't require yeast and rising time. It took me less than 45 minutes from getting home to sitting down at the table. Here is the recipe:

Fast Pizza (for one small crust, I doubled it for us)

1 1/2 cups of flour (white is easiest to work with but whole wheat would be healthier)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup warm water
1 tbsp olive oil (or just eyeball it, no need to really measure)

Combine dry ingredients.  Pour in warm water and olive oil and stir together.  You don't want it to be too soft but you do need it to be wet enough to combine and make the dough. Don't overthink it, just knead it into a ball, add a splash more water if you need it (especially if you're using whole wheat flour), and then turn it out onto a board.  Stretch it apart with your hands and finish rolling it out with a rolling pin so it makes a rough circle.  It should be about 12 inches in diameter and it doesn't have to be perfect.

Top with your pizza toppings and cook in a preheated 425 degree oven for about 15 minutes.  You'll know it is done because the cheese will be bubbling and the crust will have a bit of a golden colour.  You can't really overcook it if you're keeping an eye on it, but you can undercook it and it will be soggy and weak in the middle if you do.

I also made our sauce from scratch:

Pizza Sauce (enough for two pizzas)

14 oz canned diced tomatoes (slightly drained)
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove
handful of fresh basil leaves

Blend all ingredients together.  Done!

We used what we had in the fridge for our toppings - turkey pepperoni, green pepper, mozzarella, fresh parmesan - and then I sprinkled it with chopped fresh basil and chives after it came out of the oven.  I usually put the pepperoni under the cheese, but this time I mixed it up and put the cheese on first. #crazy



If you really wanted to, you could throw together a simple salad and make this meal even more complete.  We love arugula with fresh lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Simple, quick, and healthy.

1 comment:

  1. Impressively easy and fast! Will try this! Thanks for sharing.