Homemade Pizza

• 19 December 2008

When we lived in San Francisco, we knew a couple who made homemade pizza every Friday night and often invited people over to join them. The Husband and I always thought it a fantastic tradition. While we don't do host a pizza party every Friday night, we do try to make it every two weeks as it is a favorite in our home. Our favorite types of homemade pizza include a basic salami/pepperoni pizza and our version of the Potesto pizza (Za Pizzaria of SF makes the original and best version). Luckily, before we moved to Boston, this pizza-lovin' family shared their homemade dough recipe with us...here it is for all to enjoy! What I like most, besides the obviously good flavor, is how easy it is to make. Total hands-on time is about 5-10 minutes.

Homemade Pizza Dough a la Hendricksons

1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon yeast
1 tablespoon sugar

Place yeast and sugar in bowl; pour warm water over and allow to sit for about 5 minutes.

In another {larger} bowl place:

2 cups flour
1 tsp sea salt
1 TB olive oil

Mix for a minute. Dig a well in the middle and add the liquid mixture. Mix again (will be gooey). Place bowl in a warm location and allow dough to rise for one hour (a little longer doesn't hurt either).

Using a spatula, place dough on a well-floured surface. Knead slightly and roll, with a pin, into desired shape (you may have to add 1/4 cup flour to make dough more manageable). Grab a few cookie sheets and sprinkle cornmeal evenly on both surfaces (err on the side of too much or your pizza will stick to the surface). Place your shaped dough on the cookie sheets. Your dough is now ready to be adorned with any toppings you wish.

Cook the pizza for 15 minutes in an oven heated to 425 degrees.

We like:

* Salami & fresh mozzarella
* Harmon's Sweet Italian Sausage (cook this first), julienned yellow bell peppers & mushrooms

For a more unique pizza, try our wannabe-Potesto version:

* fresh Pesto Sauce (Harmons, Liberty Heights Fresh, etc.), blanched red potatoes cut thin, Gouda cheese

Recipe Notes: Using fresh mozzarella (Costco is the least expensive place to purchase this) makes all the difference in the world. Promise. We've treaded in pre-shredded-dried-out-mozzarella territory and it isn't pretty...or delicious :) Also, if you opting for canned pizza sauce, make sure you opt for the best version you can find; I like Enricos All Natural Pizza Sauce.

Once we hosted a dinner party where each couple made their own pizzas. The theme was inspired by Alice Waters so we included both traditional pizza ingredients and then not-so-traditional ingredients like Feta, a variety of peppers & the like. It might be fun to do something like this for a New Year's Party...

I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as we have! Have a lovely weekend~


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