Friday afternoon, I was looking at Facebook. I saw a post from a friend, Jen, who was making pizza in her outdoor pizza oven her husband built a year or two ago. I don't have a pizza oven, but I have a pizza stone and an oven that does a great job heating up to 500 degrees F. I was planning on making a fish stew for dinner, but I couldn't get pizza off of my mind. I called my husband to see which he wanted, and it took him less than a second to say PIZZA.
I used my favorite dough recipe:
4 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 pkg yeast
1 teaspoon honey or sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
12-16 oz warm water
Combine the flour, salt, yeast, and sugar or honey in a lg bowl. Pour in olive oil and most of the water. Stir (I just use one hand, no utensil) to combine and make a soft but not too sticky dough. Add more water as needed. Turn out onto surface and knead for about 10 minutes( if I'm lazy that night, I only knead about half that time.) place in oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rise until double in size.
Divide in half. Will make 2 14" pizzas.
I wanted to use simple toppings that I had on hand. So I chose to top the dough with olive oil, sea salt and freshly ground pepper, sliced zucchini, sliced sun-dried tomatoes, and grated pecorino-romano cheese. It was delicious.
I had dough left over, so what did we have for lunch on Saturday? Pizza again. Here's what I made on Saturday:
Basic Pizza Marguarita. Again, top dough with olive oil, salt and pepper. Then add freshly sliced tomatoes, mozzeralla cheese (best to use the kind packed in liquid), and torn basil leaves.
How I love pizza...