18 July, 2018
Pizza: The Basics
Pizza is one of those foods that we order out so often, the art of making it at home is often overlooked. It’s not terribly difficult, it’s super customizable, and it is WAY cheaper than ordering delivery (and less greasy). Longtime readers might remember my Greek pizza recipe from… geez, three years ago… but that was kind of a fancy pizza and not your usual fare when you’re thinking of pizza for dinner. The Fiancé doesn’t like olives (weirdo), so I would have to make that as a personal pizza. This pizza, however, was dressed by the man himself (okay, the spinach was my idea, but he approved it), and it’s much more reminiscent of your typical pizza, albeit with far more hot peppers. With this basic outline, though, you can change up the toppings and work it into your own personal favorite pizza!
Pizza dough (I buy mine from the store because I’m not confident in my ability to make it from scratch yet)
1 cup Pasta sauce (homemade or store bought)
1-2 cups Shredded cheese
Now, assuming you came here for a more specific recipe instead of just being told that you need dough, sauce, and cheese for your pizza, here’s what we put on ours this time around:
1 handful Spinach
1/4 Red onion, sliced
1 Green bell pepper, chopped
1 Jalapeno pepper, chopped
1 Serrano pepper, chopped
3/4 lb Ground sausage, browned
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and get ready to pre-bake your pizza stone for 15 minutes.
On either a piece of parchment paper or a flour-coated pizza peel, work out the dough into a roughly round shape. Sometimes, I find it helps to stretch the dough with the help of gravity first. Prep all of your toppings, and when the stone is heated, take the dough and flip it or slide it (respectively) onto the stone, being careful not to burn yourself. Quickly add on your toppings, and if you want to be fancy, you can brush the edges of the crust with butter or oil and then sprinkle them with parsley and garlic. If you want to be SUPER fancy, you can try your hand at stuffing the crust. However you plan on doing it, I’m sure it’ll be tasty.
Once your pizza is dressed and ready to go, put the stone back in the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the crust is golden. Remove, cut, and serve! To clean your pizza stone, let it cool and simply wipe it down, using water if necessary to get any stubborn cheese off. Try to avoid using soap if possible.