Friday, August 10

Homemade Pizza PARTY!!

 The kids are home for college. It's a cold winter's night. Friends coming to the house for a much needed visit. What to do? Throw a Pizza Party! Young adults love getting in the kitchen and making their own pizza pie. This kind of party is so much fun for everyone. Do all of your prep work ahead of time and then go hide away while your children and their friends have a wonderful Christmas break get-to-gather!

Homemade Pizza
MAKES 2 PIZZAS
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INGREDIENTS
Pizza Crust
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees 
  • 1 package Active Dry Or Instant Yeast
  • 4 cups Bread Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water, 105°F-115°F
WHAT TO DO
  • Place flour and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer with the dough attachment. You can also do this by hand. {Link to kneading yeast doughs.}
  • Pour some warm, not hot, but around 110 degrees, into a bowl.
  • Sprinkle the yeast over the top.
  • Now, with the mixer on, drizzle in olive oil. Note that I'm using the dough hook attachment on my mixer.
  • Next, pour in the yeast/water mixture and mix it together until it’s just combined.
  • Here’s the pizza dough after it’s been mixed. It’s very, very sticky and wet—just the way it should be! 
  • Next, lightly oil a medium bowl. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and hold it in your hands, working the edges downward with your fingers in order to shape it/stretch it into a neat ball. Then toss the dough to lightly coat in olive oil and place it in the bowl. Cover it with plastic wrap, very important!, and store it in the fridge until you need it. This dough can be kept in the fridge for up to three days before making your pizza. Making the dough at least 24 hours in advance is good; “aging” it for a few days before using is even better.

WHEN READY TO MAKE PIZZA: 
  • Drizzle a tablespoon or so of olive oil on a large baking sheet and use your fingers to smear it all over the pan.
  • Remove HALF the pizza dough from the bowl and lightly flour both sides.
  • Pull and stretch on the dough for a minute or two, eventually working it into a thin rectangle or round shape. No rolling necessary; just let the gravity of the dough work in your favor. 
  • Once you have it in the general size you want add your favorite ingredients.
          
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PIZZA SAUCE INGREDIENTS
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 6 fluid ounces water
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
WHAT TO DO
  • Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion until tender. 
  • Stir in tomato paste and water. Season with sugar, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, basil, oregano, marjoram, cumin, chili powder and red pepper flakes. 
  • Simmer 30 to 40 minutes.
  • You can make your Pizza Sauce ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also buy a good quality pizza sauce like Rao's.



TO MAKE PIZZA
  • Use your favorite pizza ingredients and fresh mozzarella cheese. Lay your dough and ingredients out and let the family loose to create their ultimate pizza! Great idea for a teen pizza party.
  • Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. If you have a pizza stone you can use it instead of an oiled cookie sheet.  

ENJOY!

Have a wonderful weekend!
The Domestic Curator  
Ronda

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