Homemade Pizza & Movie Night
February is such a cold, dismal month, the weather is cold and the evenings long. But, it’s the perfect month for dreaming, making plans for spring, reading and movie night. And for our family, movie night wouldn’t be complete without my mother’s homemade pizza. She’s a fantastic cook, and she can whip out two pizzas in less than the time that it takes to order and pick up pizza.
Pizza is amazingly versatile, and once you have made the dough, it’s ready to be topped with almost anything. Mom has made it with white Alfredo sauce, red sauce, pesto, and topped it with everything from sautéed sausage, sautéed hamburger, shredded chicken meat, shredded pork meat, Canadian bacon and of course, pepperoni slices.
Homemade Pizza Recipe
- 1 Pkg. Yeast or 1 Tbs.
- 1 C. Warm Water 105-110 degrees
- 1/2 Tsp. Salt
- 2 Tsp. Olive Oil
- 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 C. Flour
(Preheat Oven to 450 degrees)
In a medium-sized bowl dissolve yeast in warm water.
Let sit for 3-4 minutes.
Add Salt, Olive Oil, and Flour.
Knead until smooth and combined. I use a Kitchen Aid Mixer with the dough hook, and it only takes a few minutes. You can now let it rise until double or NOT (we usually just roll it out as soon as we need it, right into the pan and it turns out wonderful)
Using Olive Oil, drizzle a baking sheet (rectangular or circle) with oil and roll/spread the dough onto the sheet to a uniform thickness.
Now heap it with meat, vegetables, and sauce of your choice, throw some grated cheese on, and it is ready to bake!
Bake at 450 degrees for 13-15 minutes or until edges become golden and crispy.
(This makes one sheet pan of pizza)
Homemade Pizza Topping Ideas
Tomato Sauce, Barbeque Sauce, Ranch dressing, Alfredo Sauce, Pesto
sautéed sausage, sautéed hamburger, shredded chicken meat,
shredded pork meat, Canadian bacon and pepperoni slices.
Chopped Pineapple, Black Olives, Kalamata Olives, Roasted Asparagus,
Mushrooms, Spinach, Tomatoes, Artichokes, sautéed Bell Peppers,
And whatever your heart desires!
Cheddar, Mozzarella, Monterrey Jack, Pepper Jack, Feta, Blue Cheese, Parmesan,
There are many amazing toppings, and this only covers a fraction of the delicious combinations that one can come up with, and I hope you do! Use this as a basic guideline and create.
I hope you take the time to slow down and enjoy this time of year. Spring will come, and it will be busy and wonderful. But for now, make the most of this time. Do cozy things, stay warm and plan your coming spring/summer adventures! Check out some of our summer adventures A picnic in the country with our Bell Tent.