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Dinner Tonight: April 15, 2016 Homemade Pizza

Homemade Pizza

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This recipe was provided to us by our friends at the Home Baking Association. As the HBA points out, the average delivery pizza costs $16.13, and that’s before delivery fees and tip. You can create this homemade version in just 30 minutes for $10 or less, and since you’ll have control over the ingredients, your pizza can be healthier than the takeout variety. For extra fun, let each family member make an individual-sized pizza and pile on their favorite toppings — going heavy on the veggies for a yummy, well-balanced meal!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 package fast-rising yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
    For sauce:
  • 1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp. each dry oregano, garlic and basil
    For topping:
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • Sliced vegetables or meats, as desired

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, undissolved yeast and salt.
  2. Heat water and oil until warm (90-105 degrees). Stir into dry ingredients. Stir in only enough remaing flour to make a rough ball of dough. Turn out onto a floured surface or knead in the bowl. (You may not use all the flour.) If dough is too dry or stiff, knead in 1-2 T. water.
  3. Cover; let rest 10 minutes. (Or, refrigerate in an oiled sealed container overnight, punching once and reforming the dough after an hour.)
  4. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a ball. Roll or press each into a 12-14 inch circle. Place on greased pizza pans or baking sheets.
  5. Brush or rub with garlic and oil. Prick dough with fork; let rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Par-bake crusts at 450 degrees for 5-7 minutes.
  7. To make the sauce, combine the tomato sauce, tomato paste, oregano, garlic and basil. Spread the sauce on the par-baked crusts.
  8. Top with cheese and additional toppings of your choice. Bake on wire racks at 450 degrees for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

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