Sunday, January 24, 2010

Game Day Pizza! GO COLTS!!! GO VIKINGS!!!

Can't call this one part of the pantry challenge 'cause I went shopping for this one!  One of my friends made a post on Facebook early this morning about making pizza for today's playoff games.  I was inspired!  So off to Meijer I went and here is the result.  I intended to make one thin crust and one thick crust, but what I ended up with was one thick crust and one deep dish.  

I topped these with Glen Muir Organic Pizza Sauce, diced red onion, roasted red pepper strips, sliced criminis, crumbled, browned vegan sausage, and shredded vegan cheeze. The crust recipe is below.  

Thanks, Rene T., for the inspiration! 



Pizza #1 - deep dish just out of the oven.

Move over, Bearno's!

Pizza #2 - thinner crust

Here is the crust recipe. I doubled this recipe and had enough dough left to make some bread sticks later in the week. 

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the water, and let sit for 10 minutes.

Stir the salt and oil into the yeast solution. Mix in 2 1/2 cups of the flour.

Turn dough out onto a clean, well floured surface, and knead in more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. (I used my Kitchen Aid.) Place the dough into a well oiled bowl, and cover with a cloth. Let the dough rise until double; this should take about 1 hour. Punch down the dough, and form a tight ball. Allow the dough to relax for a minute before rolling out. Use for your favorite pizza recipe.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). If you are baking the dough on a pizza stone, you may place your toppings on the dough, and bake immediately. If you are baking your pizza in a pan, lightly oil the pan, and let the dough rise for 15 or 20 minutes before topping and baking it. **I pre-baked  these crusts for about 10 minutes before topping them.

Bake pizza in preheated oven, until the cheese and crust are golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.

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