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MrsHooah2U's picture
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Tonight I'm ordering out pizza for me and the babe, but man would I absolutely prefer homemade pizza! It's a quick and easy meal and can be altered to ANY taste bud: so let's hear it! What's your family's favorite pizza recipe??

MrsHooah2U's picture
Joined: 01/07/08
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Some of our family favorites are:

packaged pizza crust (prepare to instructions); rubbed with olive oil
red sauce
and toppings

BBQ Chicken pizza:
packaged pizza crust (prepare to instructions); rubbed with olive oil
bbq sauce
mozzarella cheese

slice chicken in chunks and cook before putting on pizza. season accordingly. cook bacon before putting on pizza and crumble. apply toppings and cook!

Alfredo Chicken pizza:
(this is my brothers creation, so I will get the recipe from him and come back to post it)

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Joined: 04/18/09
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My dad makes the most scrumptious pizza bases and toppings. I've just emailed him for the recipe, so i'll post when I get it.

Right Here's the recipe for the bases and the sauce he uses. Toppings generally consist of anything available in the fridge and he is always thinking up new ideas Smile



Flour 4 ½ Cups Some semolina flour if available

Salt 1 ¾ tsp

Yeast 1 tsp

Olive Oil ¼ Cup

Water 1 ¾ Cups (Ice cold)

Mix dry ingredients.

Add water and oil.

Mix with a dough hook for 5 – 7 minutes.

Mixture should clear the sides of the bowl but stick to the bottom.

Finished dough will be springy, elastic and sticky but not just tacky.

Cut the dough into up to 6 pieces. Coat with oil.

Place the dough in the refrigerator overnight or freeze individually.

If unfreezing just place in the refrigerator the night before.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator 2 t0 3 hours before you want to use the dough – depends on how hot the day is.

Put dough onto a floured and oiled surface, spray with oil, cover with plastic wrap and leave for 2 hours.

Flour hands. Peel dough off surface and bounce on fists to stretch. If getting sticky place on floured surface and flour fists again.

Pizza Sauce:


Salt 1 ¾ tsp

Tomato Paste 1 Can

Tomato Sauce 1 Can

Sugar ½ tsp

Pepper 1/8 tsp

Oregon ½ tsp

Olive Oil 1 tablespoon

Red Pepper Optional

Pixacious's picture
Joined: 11/13/08
Posts: 650 that sounds good! I like to make pizzas with a little tomato sauce with chunks of mozzarella, pepperoni, bacon, basil and roasted tomatoes!

Pixacious's picture
Joined: 11/13/08
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Ha ha I talked myself into a frozen pizza...Pizza just sounded so good!

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Nicole - Thank you for the dough recipe. When my 5 yo had to do a gluten free diet I use to have an awesome recipe for pizza dough, but now that he doesn't have to be I have not been able to find one. However, I don't have a mixer. How so I do this without fancy equipement and just my hands? I do have a bread maker. Can I use that?

BBQ chicken is my favorite, but since my 5 yo is so picky I just do pepperoni.

Nikerz20's picture
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Angela - I believe my dad uses a mixer, I think using a bread maker would be fine Smile

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One of the gals from the Real Housewives of New Jersey has an italian cookbook and it has a recipe for the best pizza dough. It seems like a lot of work, but it makes six balls of dough that you can freeze and pull out as needed. I use my stand mixer but you can use your hands. The pizza crust comes out thin and's delicious.

-3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
-1 1/2 teaspoons instant (bread machine) yeast
-4 1/2 cups of bread flour, as needed
-1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1. To make the dough by hand, combine 1 3/4 cups of cold water, the oil, and the yeast in a large bowl. Stir in 1 cup of the flour and salt. Gradually stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a sticky dough that is too stiff to stir. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface. Knead, adding more flour as necessary, until the dough is smooth and elastic, about five minutes. The dough will remain slightly sticky so don't overdo it with flour.

To make the dough in a stand mixer, combine 1 3/4 cups of cold water, the oil, and the yeast in the work bowl. Using the paddle attachment, on low speed, add 1 cup of the flour and salt. Gradually add enough of the flour to make a stiff, sticky dough that clears the sides of the bowl. Switch to the dough hook and knead on med-low speed, adding more flour if necessary, until the dough is smooth and elastic, about five minutes. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly.

2. Cut the dough into 6 equal pieces and form each into a ball. Pour a couple tablespoons of olive oil into a baking dish. Place each ball into the dish, turning to coat, and leaving space between each ball. Cover tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 12 hours and up to 3 days (Balls can be frozen individually in freezer bags. Defrost in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours before using).

3. About 3 hours before baking, pour a few tablespoons of olive oil in a clean bowl. Coat each ball in fresh oil and return to baking dish. Cover again with plastic wrap and let stand at room temp until doubled in size, about two hours.

4. Drop each ball onto a lightly floured surface and press on the dough to deflate it. Reshape into a ball, return to the dish, cover, and let stand at room tempto relax for 20 minutes.

I bake my pizzas at 475 for about 8-10 minutes.

For the sauce I use the marinara recipe from the book. Trader Joe's also makes a really great jarred pizza sauce but I prefer to use my own.

My favorite pizza is sauceless though: strips of fresh mozarell, chopped Roma tomatoes, fresh basil, a drizzle of olive oil, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and sea salt.

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Joined: 06/29/09
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Oh I'm glad I stumbled upon this thread. I love to make bread dough for pizza with my bread machine Smile

Parmesan Herb Pizza Dough (makes one regular crust)
Add ingredients to bread machine in this order:
- 1 cup + 2 TBSP water
- 2 TBSP olive oil
- 1 minced (tsp) garlic clove
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 TBSP Italian herbs
- 2 tsp parm cheese
- 2 1/2 tsp yeast

Set bread machine to dough and let it do it's thing. When done, take dough out and knead and let rise under a moist cloth for 30 mins. Knead again. Then spread out on pan, top, and cook! I bake at 450 for 15-17 mins. Also, mix up some garlic powder and melted butter and 'paint' the crust before baking if you like. Yum!

My favorite pizza toppings, and my SO's, is BBQ rib pizza. I use left over ribs that I pull apart and shred and caramelize onions. Sub BBQ sauce for pizza sauce, and top with cheddar. Got to be one of the best!

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Joined: 02/24/09
Posts: 2095! My DH makes the crust most days but in a hurry, Trader Joes has a great prepared crust!

Greek Pizza:
Whole Wheat prepared crust
Olive oil
Feta Cheese
Fresh Spinach
Fresh Tomatoes
Kalamata Olives

Roll the crust on and place on pan
Brush with olive oil
Srpinkle with garlic
And top with all other ingredients

Bake for required time. It's just that easy! And so, so good!!