Tuesday, August 11, 2009
We actually eat a lot of homemade pizza at our house - sometimes just a regular margherita and often barbecue chicken - but usually with dough from Trader Joe's (its only about $1.99 and always turns out well). This past Friday I decided to try my hand at making dough from scratch, and I am happy to report it was surprisingly easy. You don't even need a mixer! We had some extra andouille chicken sausage, so I used that to make the actual pizza which turned out equally as good. Both recipes are below, with the dough instructions adapted from Smitten Kitchen:
Pizza Dough (makes aprox. one 14" pizza)
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
1.5 teaspoon active dry yeast (about one packet)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup lukewarm water
Stir the flour, salt, and yeast into a bowl until they are adequately mixed. Slowly add the olive oil and then the water - at this point its best to just ditch the spoon and mix them together with your hands. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it for about two minutes. If you're having trouble getting it all to stick together, definitely read Deb's post.
Grease the bowl you used to mix everything together with either a bit of olive oil or cooking spray (I used olive oil) and put the dough back in the bowl. Move it around so its coated with oil, then cover it with saran wrap and let it sit until it doubles in size - it took mine about an hour.
After it's doubled, knead the dough for another few seconds so that all the air is removed. Then put it back in the bowl to sit for another 20 minutes. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. After that, roll it out, add your ingredients, and put it in the oven for 10 minutes. We ditched our pizza stone awhile ago in favor of putting the pizza on some parchment paper and then placing it directly on the rack. It makes the bottom of the crust a little crispier and cooks more thoroughly. Just be careful when you're taking it out (a cutting board underneath works well)...sadly, I speak from experience. There was a flaming cheese incident.
Andouille Sausage Pizza:
1 heaping tsp. Olive Oil
4oz. Andouille Chicken Sausage, sliced
1/4 Red Onion, chopped
1/4 tsp dried basil
For the pizza, swirl the olive oil around like you would a sauce and then use a pastry brush to distribute it evenly. Add the sliced sausage and onion, then as much cheese as you like. Sprinkle the top with the basil and follow the baking instructions above.