How To Make: Pizza Dough

Maximum taste, minimal space.

Who doesn’t like pizza? Seriously though, I can’t think of anyone I know that doesn’t like pizza. I wonder what it is about this combination of dough, tomatoes, and cheese (along with various other toppings) that make us love it so much? Whatever it is, I’m glad it exists. That much I do know. But do you know what is even more awesome than sitting down to eat a pie with your friends?Making the pie with your friends. And that’s exactly what happened this past weekend.

Last Saturday I invited some friends over for a potluck style meal, and to play some Cards Against Humanity (seriously the best card game ever). It was an all day affair, and it was epic. My buddy Sam came over in the morning with biscuits and gravy as well as some whiskey and bacon brownies for dessert later that night. Next my friend Ryan showed up with some goodies. He made a bacon breakfast roll (eggs, tater-tots, and cheese rolled up inside a lattice work of bacon) as well as some Spam musubi’s (think Spam sushi) and both were absolutely excellent!

To wind things down for the food side of things that night, I made pizzas for all of us. We had one that was half mushrooms and half cheese, two sausage pizzas, and the last one had basil, pepperoni, and sausage. The dough got a little wonky on the one that’s pictured because I tried to make a stuffed crust pizza. That failed miserably. Next time I’ll look up how to do that beforehand, haha! Also, because I had an apartment full of people, I had Sam grab these “fresh out the oven” shots so we didn’t have to setup all the photography stuff. Sorry about that!

I definitely suggest that when you and your friends have some free time, invite them over for a little pizza party! It was a whole lot of fun making these pizzas (and the rest of the food) with everyone and I can’t wait to do it again!

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups bread flour

1 teaspoon sugar

1 packet active dry yeast

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup lukewarm water (100-110°F)

2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons olive oilInstructions

In a medium bowl, add the yeast and the sugar to the lukewarm water. Let stand for 5-10 minutes, or until foamy.

Add the flour, salt, and 2 tablespoons oil and then mix until the dough comes together. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth and somewhat elastic, about 5-10 minutes.

Grease a large bowl with the remaining oil, add the dough, cover and set in a warm area until the dough has doubled in size, roughly an hour. Once doubled in size, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into two equal pieces. Wrap in plastic wrap and let them rest for 10 minutes.

Once they’ve rested, you’re free to roll them out (making sure to go up to but not over the edges), top them with tomato sauce, cheese, and anything else you’d like!About Jesse

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