Friday, December 19, 2014

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Homemade Pizza Parlor – They'll Beg You To Make Another!

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Today I’ve got a special video recipe that includes a special message… also it’s from a pretty special guy.

Stephen Pierce shares his “pizza burger” recipe and an important message regarding sucess. Stehpen is a highly recognized Internet marketing ‘guru”, life coach and super successful business person.

Stephen Pierce is one of the world’s leading internet marketing experts and speaks all over the world sharing his insights into how he and others make millions every year by leveraging the internet.

Check out his rendition of the famous “pizza burger”!

Pizza Santa Fe Style Recipe

Posted by Lock On December - 16 - 2014 1 COMMENT

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Pizza Santa Fe Style Recipe
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Creating A Basic Pizza Crust

Posted by Lock On December - 14 - 2014 2 COMMENTS

Herb Pizza Dough Recipe

Posted by Lock On December - 12 - 2014 5 COMMENTS

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Been looking for a great Herb Pizza dough recipe? Try this one, you’ll love it!
(Best when created with a bread machine)

Ingredients:
* 1 package Active Dry Yeast
* 1 teaspoon Sugar
* 7/8 cup Warm Water — 110 degrees
* 1/4 cup Italian Seasoning
* 2 1/4 cups Flour
* 1 tablespoon Flour
* 1/2 teaspoon Salt
* 1 tablespoon Garlic Olive Oil — as needed
* Oil And Cornmeal For Pan

Directions:
Stir together the yeast, sugar and warm water. Let stand until foamy, about 10
minutes. In the work bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade, chop
the herbs. Turn off machine. Add flour and salt.

Turn the machine on and off a couple of times. While the machine is running,
add yeast. Process until the dough forms a ball at the side of the bowl. Add garlic
olive oil and process for 30 to 40 seconds more.

Transfer dough to a bowl that has been oiled with olive oil. Turn the dough until
the entire surface has been coated with the oil. Cover bowl with a damp towel
and allow to rise in a warm draft free place for 1 hour or until doubled.

Roll out on a lightly floured surface and if dough is too elastic, try tossing it from
hand to hand to flatten it out. Lightly grease the pizza pan with a little oil and
sprinkle with cornmeal. Place the dough on the pizza pan and trim the edges.
Bake for 10 minutes @ 425 degrees.

Remove from oven, lightly brush the crust with a little more oil. Top as desired.

Makes enough dough for one 12″ crust.

Pizza – It’s Simply An American Favorite

Posted by Lock On December - 10 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

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Few American foods are loved more than the infamous “pizza pie”. It doesn’t matter if you’re young, old or somewhere in between, almost everyone has a favorite when it comes to pizza. It would be rare to find someone that has never tried a slice of pizza.

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It’s The Cheese That Makes Our Mouths Water!

Posted by Lock On December - 8 - 2014 1 COMMENT

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Let’s face it, one of the favorite ingredients of any pizza is the cheese.  It’s that hot and stringy cheese that separates pizza from all other foods. The moment you pull that slice from the pie and the hot stringy cheese stretches unto your plate, we all get excited about “what’s next”.

Let’s take a moment to look a little closer at this wonderful an essential ingredient of our beloved pie.
Most pizzas are made with mozzarella cheese. Though this may vary from time to time, mozzarella cheese is by far the favorite when constructing a delicious pizza.

What is mozzarella cheese? Where exactly does it come from? How is it made? Have you ever asked yourself these questions?

Mozzarella cheese is a sliceable curd cheese originating in Italy. That’s probably not a surprise to you. Traditional mozzarella is made from water buffalo (Ok, before your eyes get big, not the North American buffalo or bison as many people mistakenly think) milk, and its flavor is highly prized. Water buffalo milk is three times more expensive than cow’s milk and is costly to ship, so expect a corresponding high price tag on imported buffalo mozzarella.

These animals are typically only herded in a few select countries, primarily Italy and Bulgaria.  Due to this, most mozzarella as we know it, is now made from cow’s milk. Water buffalo milk is very high in fat and in many cases is not easily digestible in its raw form. As such, it is used exclusively for making mozzarella and not as a beverage.

Mozzarella contains 40 to 45 percent fat, although there are now lower fat, skim versions available as we’ve seen them make their way into the “low fat” pizza market space.

This type of mozzarella cheese is not aged like most cheeses and is actually best when eaten within hours of its making. The process of making mozzarella is called pasta filata, which means the curds are heated in water or whey until they form strings (hence the term “string cheese”) and become elastic in texture. The curds are stretched, kneaded until smooth, and then formed into round balls to make fresh mozzarella cheese.

Different Mozzarella Cheese Types – Fresh Mozzarella Varieties

Mozzarella is not aged and is best when eaten within hours of its making.

Most people are quite familiar with mozzarella cheese. It is the cheese traditionally used on pizzas and to make fried cheese sticks. It’s important to note, there is quite a difference in flavor and texture between fresh mozzarella and processed sliced or shredded mozzarella, and it’s well worth your time to understand the differences.

It is easy to make homemade mozzarella cheese, and it can be used in a variety of recipes, including salads, meats, poultry, seafood, and vegetables.

Fresh Mozzarella Cheese

Fresh mozzarella cheese balls are sold in a brine, whey or water solution which helps them retain hydration and shape. It is smooth, mild, and slightly sweet/sour with a distinct milk flavor. The texture is creamy and much softer than mass-processed mozzarella cheese forms that are familiar to most. True buffalo mozzarella is much superior to any made with cow’s milk and is highly sought throughout the world.

Small balls (typically about one inch in diameter) of fresh mozzarella marinated in plain or herbed olive oil are called boconccini. Smoked mozzarella is known as mozzarella affumicata. Manteca is fresh mozzarella molded around a piece of butter.

Mozzarella rolls can be found with fillings of olives, prosciutto, Parma ham, sun-dried tomatoes, and any variety of herbs. The simplest and most enjoyable way to eat fresh mozzarella is with sliced fresh tomatoes, basil leaves, and a drizzle of olive oil. You’ll see this dish in a variety of forms served in many authentic Italian restaurants.

Fresh mozzarella is in high demand across America. It can typically be found in most common commercial grocery stores and in some Italian markets. It’s a good idea to keep fresh mozzarella in its liquid bath until ready to eat, and eat. This will usually last 2 to 3 days. If you choose to purchase fresh mozzarella you should always check the product dating and buy the freshest cheese that you can find. It’s preferable to purchase cheese made the same day. It’s also important to note, fresh mozzarella becomes bitter and sour with age. Freezing this type of cheese is also not recommended.

Processed Mozzarella Cheese

Contrary to fresh mozzarella, mass-produced mozzarella cheese is dryer, less flavorful, and has a rubbery texture. This bears little resemblance to its fresh counterpart. It’s quite a firm cheese that melts easily, which makes it best used as a binder for sauces, for melted toppings, and in baked dishes like our beloved pizza pies. Processed mozzarella cheese is easily attainable in part skim, low-fat, and non-fat versions. It’s typically packaged in pre-sliced or shredded assortments. It’s a good idea to keep processed mozzarella cheese tightly wrapped. It can usually be used within 2 to 4 weeks, if you want it to retain its full flavor.

The next time you sink your teeth into your favorite pizza pie, remember it’s the cheese that makes our eyes widen and lips smack. “Oh my”, pizza, what a wonderful and delightful treat.

The Potato Pizza Bake Recipe

Posted by Lock On December - 6 - 2014 1 COMMENT

Today we’re going to introduce you to something a bit different. We’re going to incorporate the beloved potato into a pizza recipe. I’m sure you’re going to love this.

Before we get started, first a few words about the beloved potato.

The history of the potato has its roots in the beautiful Andes Mountains of South America. It is an austere region that is marked by fluctuating temperatures and relatively poor soil conditions.

It’s quite amazing that the tough and durable potato evolved in the thin air (elevations up to 15,000 feet) of this region. The potato is tough, just like like the people who first settled the region.

The tough pre-Columbian farmers first discovered and cultivated the potato some 7,000 years ago. They were impressed by the ruggedness, storage quality and its nutritional value of the potato.

Western man did not come in contact with the potato until as late as 1537 when the Conquistadors tramped through Peru. And it was even later, about 1570, that the first potato made its way across the Atlantic to make a start in the soil of Europe.

Though the tuber was productive and hardy, the Spanish didn’t initially recognize these qualitites and put it to very limited use. In the Spanish Colonies potatoes were considered food for the underclasses; when brought to the Old World they would be used primarily to feed hospital inmates. Wow…the potato has surely evolved since those days.

It would take three decades for the potato to spread to the rest of Europe. Even so the potato was cultivated primarily as a curiosity by amateur botanists. Resistance was due to ingrained eating habits. The potato’s popularity was somewhat hampered by it’s reputation as a food for the underprivileged and perhaps most importantly its relationship to poisonous plants.

That was then, but this is now and I’m going to show you how we’re going to incorporate the beloved potato into a pizza dish that you can enjoy whenever you like.

Let’s get started shall we…

What you’re going to need…

Ingredients:

* 1 pound ground beef
* 4 cups thinly sliced potatoes (or you can use potato halves)
* 1 med. onion (sliced thin)
* 1 can Cheddar cheese soup
* 1 soup can milk
* 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
* Salt and pepper to taste
* 1/2 teaspoon oregano
* 1/2 teaspoon sugar
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 6 ounces sliced mozzarella cheese
* 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Easy Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 F. Cook ground beef in skillet until it loses redness. Place potatoes and onions in buttered 9×13″ pan. Add meat to mixture. Mix cheese soup and milk until smooth and add to meat and potatoes; mix together.

Combine tomato sauce, salt, pepper, oregano and sugar. Pour sauce over the top, but do not mix. Dot with butter. Cover pan with foil. Bake at 375 F for 1 hour.

Remove cover and arrange sliced cheese on top. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Return to oven, uncovered, for about 15 minutes or until cheese bubbles.

There you have it, ni9ce and easy and more importantly super deliciuos. I hope you enjoy adding a pizza twist to one of our favorite foods… the potato.

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Mexican Deep-Dish Pan Pizza Recipe

Posted by Lock On December - 4 - 2014 1 COMMENT

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California Pizza – Let The Flavor Flow

Posted by Lock On November - 30 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

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California pizza, a totally different “style” of pizza has thoroughly integrated itself into the mainstream. So much so that many people do not recognize it as a separate pizza style.

In much the same way as pizza restaurants throughout the United States may carry a Chicago-style deep dish option, they may also have California-style items on the menu.

Once-innovative ingredients like barbecue, curry, eggs, or goat cheese, are now sold at more traditional pizza restaurants and chains, as simply another topping choice. California-style pizza is also quite common as frozen pre-prepared pizza.

In fact, a number of smaller and newer chains either specialize in, or carry, the California pizza style. In the fine dining end, many expensive restaurants continue to offer single-serving pizzas with expensive or exotic ingredients, baked in wood ovens, or even devote a portion of their menu to California-style pizza.
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Polenta Pizzarina Recipe

Posted by Lock On November - 28 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS


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is a traditional Italian porridge made from maize meal, often with cheese added. Sometimes it may be further cooked by implementing a baking or frying process.

Polenta is mostly made from ground cornmeal. Sometimes it is prepared as a porridge, or a shaped pudding or as baked slices. In many cases this depends upon the texture of the cornmeal, its ingredients, the amount of water used in cooking and the preparation of the particular dish.

Polenta made of cornmeal ground the Italian way is quite inviting. Today, we’ll try our hand at using polenta as a base for a delicious pizza.

I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one.

 

Ingredients:

* 2 quarts water
* 2 cups polenta *
* 16 ounces soy mozzarella cheese *
* 1/2 teaspoon dried chili pepper flakes
* 1/2 cup vegetarian pizza sauce
* 2 large, not-quite-ripe tomatoes, rinsed
* 1 large green pepper, rinsed and de-seeded
* 12 ounces box mushrooms, wiped clean
* 1 tablespoon Italian or pizza seasoning
* non-fat cooking spray

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F. Put water in a large pot or Dutch oven and bring to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile grate the soy cheese and set aside. When water is boiling, slowly pour in the polenta while stirring at the same time. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue stirring the polenta every few minutes to avoid lumps and prevent scorching. You may want to partially cover the pot with a lid as the polenta tends to start spitting as it thickens.

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Truffle Pizza Recipe

Posted by Lock On November - 26 - 2014 2 COMMENTS

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Today we’re going o try something a little different. A unique pizza recipe that sure to tinglr your taste buds and delight your pizza loving friends and family.

We’ll be using truffle opil in the recipe. This is an ingredient that adds unique flavor and aroma to the traditional pizza taste.

Truffle oil is a modern culinary ingredient added to many foods, which is intended to impart the flavor and aroma of truffles to a wide variety of dishes. Most people are unaware that truffle oils are not, in fact, made from actual truffles, but are instead a synthetic product that combines a thioether (2,4-dithiapentane), one of numerous organic aromatics odorants found in real truffles, with an olive oil base. A few more expensive oils are alleged to be made from truffles or the by-products of truffle harvesting and production, though the flavor of truffles is difficult to capture in an oil.

Truffle Pizza Recipe

Ingredients:
* 1 tablespoon Yeast
* 1 cup Warm water (110 degrees)
* 1/4 cup Olive oil
* 3 1/2 cups Flour
* 2 teaspoons Salt
* 1 pound New potatoes; thinly sliced, blanched
* 1 cup Julienned red onions
* 2 tablespoons Extra-virgin olive oil
* Salt; to taste
* Freshly ground white pepper; to taste
* 1/2 cup Grated Parmigiano-Regginao cheese
* 1 Drizzle truffle oil
* 2 tablespoons Chopped chives

Directions:

Preheat the oven 400 degrees. In an electric mixer, whisk the yeast, water, and oil, together, to form a taste. Using a dough hook, add the flour and salt to the paste, mix the dough until the dough comes away from the sides and crawls up the sides of the hook. Remove the dough from the bowl and turn the dough into a greased bowl, cover. Let the dough rise until double in size, about 1 hour.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and divide into four 4-ounce balls, cover. Let the dough rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Press each dough out into a 10-inch circle about 1/2 – to 1-inch thick. Lightly brush the dough with olive oil.

Divide the potatoes into four portions and season with salt and pepper. Cover each dough with the potatoes, leaving a 1-inch border. In a small mixing bowl, toss the red onions with the extra-virgin olive oil.

Season with salt and pepper. Place a layer of the red onions on top of the potatoes. Sprinkle each pizza with the grated cheese. Drizzle each pizza with the truffle oil. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the crust is crispy and golden-brown. Garnish the pizza with chives.

Gluten Free Rice Crust Pizza Recipe

Posted by Lock On November - 24 - 2014 13 COMMENTS

Today I’ll be sharing a gluten free crust recipe that you can use for your favorite homemade pizza. The crust is made with rice flour. Before I share the pizza recipe I would like to tell you a little about gluten free ingredients and diet sources. You can find several products and resources that are considered gluten free in The HPC Pizza Supply Outlet.

There are several grains and starch sources that are considered acceptable for a what’s termed “gluten-free diets”. The most frequently used are maize, potatoes, rice, and tapioca (derived from cassava).

Other grains and starch sources generally considered suitable for gluten-free diets include but are not limited to amaranth, arrowroot, millet, montina, lupine, quinoa, sorghum (jowar), sweet potato, taro, teff, chia seed, and yam.

In some cases, various types of bean, soybean, and nut flours are used in gluten-free products to add protein and dietary fiber. In spite of its all to familiar name, buckwheat is not related to wheat at all. Buckwheat in it’s purest form, is considered acceptable for a gluten-free diet, although many commercial buckwheat products are actually mixtures of wheat and buckwheat flours. those that are restricted to toal gluten free diets must be cognizant of this. Typically it not accepted in these forms of diets. Gram flour, derived from chickpeas, is also gluten-free.

Hemp seed is a gluten free source of energy with digestible edestin protein. It’s a good balance of essential fatty acids, dietary fiber, as well as vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin E, Iron, Zinc, Copper and Magnesium.

Gluten is also used in foods in some unexpected ways, for example as a stabilizing agent or thickener in products like ice-cream and ketchup.

People wishing to follow a completely gluten free diet must also consideration the ingredients of any over-the-counter or prescription medications and vitamins as some of these products contain gluten derivatives.

I hope you enjoy the recipe…

Gluten Free Rice Crust Pizza Recipe

Ingredients:

Crust
2 1/2 cups cooked white rice

1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, grated

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/4 cup onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 tablespoon butter, melted

Topping

1 cup tomato sauce or pizza sauce

1/2 teaspoon oregano or basil, dried

3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, grated

1/4 cup Parmesan or asiago cheese, grated

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Mix the first four ingredients thoroughly. Spread evenly on the bottom of a
12-inch pizza pan or pie pan. Bake 15 minutes or until surface is lightly brown.

Sauté onion and garlic in the olive oil. Spread over the crust. Spread on the pizza sauce; add dry herbs if the sauce is bland. Sprinkle on the two kinds of cheese.

Return to the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes until the sauce is bubbly and the cheese is melted.

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Thin-Crusted Pizza With Chicken & Kalamata Olives

Posted by Lock On November - 22 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Thin-Crusted Pizza With Chicken & Kalamata Olives

Serves: 4

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 5 to 6 minutes

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An almond-shaped Greek olive (also spelled calamata ) that ranges in length from about 1/2 to 1 inch. Kalamatas are a dark eggplant color and have a flavor that can be rich and fruity. They’re often slit to allow the wine vinegar MARINADE in which they’re soaked to penetrate the flesh. Kalamatas are marketed packed in either olive oil or vinegar.

Dough
* 1 envelope active dry yeast
* 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
* 2/3 cup warm water (105° to 115°F)
* 2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon kosher salt
* 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing the crusts

Toppings
* 3 cups thinly sliced grilled chicken meat
* 3/4 cup sliced, pitted kalamata olives
* 4 cups shredded fontina cheese
* 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
* 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley

1. In a medium bowl combine the yeast, sugar, and water. Stir briefly and let stand until foamy, 5 to 10 minutes. Add 2 cups of the flour, the salt, pepper, and the 2 tablespoons olive oil. Stir with your fingers until the dough holds together.  Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth, 8 to 10 minutes. Shape into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl. Turn the ball to cover the surface with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place until the dough doubles in size, 1 to 1-1/2 hours.

2. Punch down the dough in the bowl. Transfer it to a lightly floured work surface and cut into 4 equal pieces. Roll out each piece into an 8-inch round about 1/8 inch thick. Lightly brush both sides of each round with olive oil and place the rounds on baking sheets.

3. Gently slide the crusts from the baking sheet onto the grill and cook, uncovered, over direct medium heat (350° to 450°F) until grill marks are clearly visible, about 2 minutes. Don’t worry if the crusts bubble; they will deflate when you turn them over. Transfer the crusts to the baking sheets, with the grilled sides facing up.

4. Distribute the chicken, olives, cheese, onion, and parsley evenly among the crusts. Transfer the pizzas again from the baking sheet to the grill and cook, covered, over direct medium heat until the crusts are crisp and the cheese is melted, 3 to 4 more minutes.

5. Serve the pizzas warm, cut into wedges.

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History of Chicago Style Pizza

Posted by Lock On November - 20 - 2014 10 COMMENTS

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The Chicago-style “deep-dish” pizza that many people love was invented at Pizzeria Uno, in Chicago, in 1943, reportedly by Uno’s founder Ike Sewell, a former University of Texas football star. However, a 1956 article from the Chicago Daily News asserts that Uno’s original pizza chef Rudy Malnati developed the famous recipe.

The pizza’s foundation is simple. It uses a thick layer of dough (made with olive oil and cornmeal) that is formed to a deep round pan and pulled up the sides. The pizza crust is then parbaked before the toppings are added to give it greater spring.

Parbaking is a cooking technique in which a bread or dough product is partially baked and then rapidly frozen or cooled. The raw dough is baked as if normal, but halted at about 80% of the normal cooking time, when it is rapidly cooled and frozen. The partial cooking kills the yeast in the bread mixture, and sets the internal structure of the proteins and starches (the spongy texture of the bread), so that it is now essentially cooked inside, but not so far as to have generated “crust” or other externally desirable qualities that are difficult to preserve once fully cooked.

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Favorite World-Wide Pizza Toppings

Posted by Lock On November - 18 - 2014 1 COMMENT

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Around the world, pizza toppings vary greatly; reflecting regional tastes, indigenous foods and cultural preferences. Pizza remains a favorite dish regardless of geographical location.
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Amazing Whole Wheat Thin Dream Pie

Posted by Lock On November - 12 - 2014 3 COMMENTS

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The Amazing HPC Whole Wheat Thin Crust Dream Pie

I’ve recently been asked to post the recipe for the HPC Dream Pizza Pie on the blog. This recipe has been around for over 4 years now and is available for FREE download however I thought I would re-post it on the blog as well. If you want the downloadable version simply grab it from the links resources to the right of this post.

If you’ve never tried this pizza give it a try as it’s a favorite for our readers here at HomePizzaChef.

Suggestion – Make your dough the night before you plan to bake your pizza, this will allow plenty of time for the dough to rise and also adds to the flavor of your crust) OK… here we go!

Ingredients:
* 1 teaspoon white sugar
* 1 1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C- No need to boil the water)
* 2 packages of Active Dry Yeast (AYD) – Easily obtained form any grocery store
* 1 small bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
* 1-teaspoon salt
* 1 ¼ cups of Stone Ground Whole Wheat Flour
* 1 ¾ cups of Enriched Unbleached Bread Flour
Accessories
1- Roller Pin (Or a rollable surface to flatten the dough)
1- 14” Perforated Pizza Pan (The kind with the holes punched into the bottom of the pan)
2- Large Bowls for Mixing
2- Kitchen towels or equivalent

Making The Pizza Dough
Pour 1-½ cups of warm water in a bowl (Approx 105 –115 degrees)
Empty the 2 packages of Active Dry Yeast into the bowl and stir until fully dissolved. Set to the side for approximately 20 minutes.

In a separate bowl mix the remaining dry ingredients (Whole wheat flour, enriched unbleached bread flour, salt, and the sugar).

Check the yeast mixture to ensure that the yeast has become active. It will appear to have increased in volume.

Slowly began to pour small amounts of the dry ingredients into the yeast and water mixture, stirring as you add the mixture. Continue to add the dry mixture until the mixture becomes solid and somewhat “clumpy”. Once you have added all of the dry ingredients to the yeast and water mixture, add approximately 1-½ teaspoons of olive oil to the mixture and continue to knead by hand. If needed, add a little more water to insure the dough is manageable. The kneading process can take 15 -25 minutes to make sure the dough is well blended.

Once the dough is well blended, cut the dough in half and roll (by hand) into (2) small dough balls. Roll the dough balls around in any leftover flour (plain white) that is available. Finally, with a small amount of olive oil, brush the dough balls lightly to moisten and place in separate bowls that you will cover with a wet kitchen cloth and place in the refrigerator overnight. For best results I suggest at least 8-12 hours… however you can use the dough if needed after 2-3 hours.

Preparing The Pizza Sauce

Ingredients:
1 –15 ounce can of tomato sauce
1- 6 ounce can of tomato paste
1 ½ teaspoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
1 teaspoon of ground oregano (Mediterranean preferred)
1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon of Basil Leaves (Mediterranean preferred)

Pour the tomato paste and tomato sauce into a bowl. Add all seasonings including the olive oil. Stir until all ingredients are thoroughly blended. This should result in a smooth tomato sauce… if more smoothness is desired add just a touch more olive oil. Set aside for 3-5 minutes.

Creating the pizza pie….

Once you’re ready to assemble the pizza, remove the dough from the refrigerator and let sit for approximately 15 minutes. The goal is to raise the temperature of the dough to room temperature…

Grab one of the dough balls and begin to shape the dough… refrigerate the leftover dough ball for future use.

Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out until it is “paper thin”… this can take 15-20 minutes… make the dough as thin as possible without tearing the dough.

Oil your pizza pan with olive oil by placing a fair amount of olive oil on a brush or a kitchen cloth. Spread evenly across the perforated pizza pan. Using a perforated pan will help create the quick baking effect that produces a crispier pizza crust. At this point we’re going to try something a little different. Pre-heat your oven to 300-325 degrees.

Once the oven is hot and BEFORE you dress your pizza… slide your pizza dough that you’ve stretched across your perforated pizza pan into the oven for NO MORE THAN 2 ½ minutes.

Remove the dough from the oven.

Now place your pizza stone in the oven. The dough has now been pre-heated and should be fairly warm. Crank your oven up to 425-450 degrees to make sue it is plenty hot prior to resuming the pizza bake.

Now we’re ready to add our pizza sauce. With a large spoon, spread your pizza sauce evenly across the pizza dough. Make sure the sauce is spread evenly across the entire pie.

Adding your pizza toppings…

OK… now we’re ready for the good stuff… here are the toppings that I use for this pizza…

Ingredients:
½ cup white or red onions (I prefer the red onions for the bold flavor…)
½ cup green pepper all seeds removed
½ cup small mushrooms
½ cup uncooked Italian Sausage – Usually found packaged in a plastic roll at any grocer
10- 15 small round slices of Canadian bacon
10- 15 small round slices of pepperoni
2 cup s finely shredded mozzarella cheese (you may use less or more depending on your taste)
1 cup finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese (measure to taste)

A sprinkle of freshly ground pepper

If you have a small automatic chopping machine use it… It’s perfect for this recipe. Place the onions,  peppers and mushrooms into the chopping machine and chop until very fine and small…

You should actually have to remove these ingredients from the chopping cup with a spoon. That’s how fine these ingredients should be… If no automatic machine is used, make sure you chop the onions, peppers and mushrooms into very small and fine portions…

Now evenly spread your cheeses across the warm pizza crust. Once your pizza sauce layer and cheese layer have been added, sprinkle the finely chopped mixture of onions, peppers and mushrooms evenly across the pizza.

Using very small pinches of Italian sausage, strategically place the Italian sausage across your pie. Once completed, add your slices of Canadian bacon and pepperoni evenly across the pizza. For better cooking, try not to overlap the meats. Once this is completed we’ll sprinkle the fresh ground pepper lightly across the entire pie.

We’re ready to slide the pizza back into the HOT oven for 6-8 minutes or until the edges of the crust are golden brown.

What’s left? Pull up a chair in the kitchen and anxiously wait for your masterpiece to complete the baking process. Once baked, carefully remove the hot pie and cut with a pizza cutter. WARNING – By this time family members and friend are probably gathering around your kitchen waiting to dig in…

Hide this secret recipe in a safe place so you can refer to it later…
ENJOY!

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