Being a kid in the nineties, Friday meant ordering pizza, and eating it on a paper plate, layed out on a blanket. As if that wasn’t enough, you enjoyed all of this in front of a small tv, playing your favorite shows from the TGIF lineup.
If you don’t get my TGIF reference, just google it. I just can’t with you young people.
Living far out from any pizza delivering area, we have found a way to ranch-ify Friday pizza night in a delicious and very inexpensive way. Instead of delivery, we keep bread flour, mozzarella and assorted pizza toppings on hand. Instead of TGIF, (which can never be reproduced, thank you very much) we choose a movie from our movie collection. The rest is about the same. We lay out a blanket, eat our pizza and watch our movie. It’s pretty much my favorite.
We make our crust using this King Arthur Bread Flour, and it’s recipe for, “Perfect Pizza Crust” which can be found on the back of the bag. Their website has several pizza crust recipes using their flours, including a gluten free option. We have found the recipe we use to be delicious week after week.
Here are all the ingredients for the crust:
I use the dough hook attachment on my mixer. First, mix the 2 tsp of yeast, and 1 1/2 cups of warm water.
Next, add 4 cups of bread flour and 3 tsp of salt. Be sure to mix well, otherwise you could end up with some very salty bites.
Mix until your dough is what the recipe describes as, a “shaggy dough”.
On a floured surface, knead your dough, working in more flour as needed and until your dough is smooth, and not sticky.
Drizzle some olive oil in your bowl and place your dough back into your oiled bowl. Cover with a towel and let rise for at least one hour. Dough should be about double in size after rising. Go put on your cozy clothes, and pour a glass of wine while you wait. It’s FRIDAY!
After rising, I split my dough into two balls. We usually make two pizzas, one for the grown ups and one for the kids. You could certainly half this recipe and have enough for one pizza. We like to have leftovers for lunch one day on the weekend.
Roll out each ball onto a cookie sheet. We always use a rectangular sized cookie sheet but if you want that classic looking pizza from your childhood, go round. After rolling out, you can pick up the dough and with your hands, smooth out the edges for a uniform crust.
Already in my cozies and ready for movie night.
It’s never perfectly shaped!
Next add your sauce, cheese and toppings. We almost always make one cheese, and/or pepperoni and one that changes weekly based on what leftovers we have, or what’s growing in the garden.
This summer, we grew tomatoes and basil, so Margherita pizza was often our pizza. This week we had leftover pork so we made a bbq pork pizza.
Bake at 500 deg. for 8-10 minutes.
For the bbq pork pizza, (you could also use chicken!) I added some bbq sauce to the tomato sauce and topped with the leftover shredded pork, purple onions and cheese.
Some other pizzas we’ve made are:
- Veggie Pizza -Use pesto instead of tomato sauce and top with spinach, bell peppers, onions and other veggies.
- Meat Lovers– Sausage, pepperoni, bacon, hamburger meat annnnnddddd cheese.
- Greek – Sub pesto for sauce and top with shredded chicken, artichoke hearts and olives. Add some feta chunks to the mozzarella.
- Taco– Add some salsa to your sauce, and top with ground beef, jalapenos and cheese.
Those are just a few ideas, but once you start thinking about it, I think you’ll be surprised how many ways you can use this dough recipe to make lots of yummy, interesting pizzas. Hopefully, you can enjoy it with your people, at a living room picnic, in your cozies. Try it out this week and let me know how it goes!
Do y’all have pizza night? Or any other night you repeat week after week? I would love to hear what your family’s weekly tradition is!
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