We're offering two pizzas here - a Combo containing meat, and a vegetarian pizza below:
Pizza Dough Recipe:
Adapted from Cento’s Pronto Pizza
1 pkg active dry yeast
3/4 cup warm water
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cups all-puprose flour
Dissolve yeast in warm water, stir in sugar, salt, oil and all but 1/4 cup flour.
Turn onto wll-floured surface.
Knead in enough of the remaining flour to prevent sticking.
Pizza dough does not need to rise, It may be used immediately.
Spread the dough on a large pizza pan, or square cookie sheet.
Basic Pizza Sauce Recipe
• 1 can (28-ounces) whole peeled tomatoes, in juice
• 1 small white or sweet onion, finely diced and minced
• 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
• 3 to 4 fresh basil leaves
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano
• Pinch salt
• Pinch fresh ground black pepper
• Pinch sugar, optional
• 2 tablespoons olive oil, to saute
Empty the contents of the tomato can in a mixing bowl and coarsely crush the tomatoes with a fork or your hands, leaving them just a little chunky. In a heavy bottom 2-quart sauce pot, add the olive oil, over a medium high flame and heat a little. Add the onions and saute until slightly translucent. Add the garlic and saute about a minute until golden. Quickly add the crushed tomatoes to the mix. Stir well and bring to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and add the fresh basil and oregano. You can add a touch of sugar if desired or if tomatoes are tart. Simmer on a low flame, stirring often for at least 15 minutes. If not using right away, cool down and store in airtight container in the refrigerator, up to 1 week.
Assembling & Baking the Pizza
With pizza, the sky’s the limit when it comes to ingredients. It’s the perfect time to add flavorful meats, cheeses, vegetables and even fruits. Creating pizza is a great way of cleaning out the refrigerator with leftovers.
Mozzarella Cheese (and/or cheeses of your choice)
Veggies of your choice
Meats of your choice
Jack’s Pizza ingredients:
black olives, sliced
onions, thinly sliced
peppers, (red & green bells) coarsely chopped
Italian sausage, crumbled and browned
Ground beef, crumbled and browned
Roma tomato diced
Spread dough, apply sauce, sprinkle cheese, top with veggies, meats and anything else you want to throw in!
Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 20 minutes or until the crust is browned.
Chop or slice vegetables and/or fruit for pizza. It's a great way of using up leftovers and small portions of uncooked produce.
Below we heaped vegetables on our pizza:
Sliced Artichoke Hearts
Our own dried tomatoes, liberally
Diced peppers, celery, white onion
Sliced whole yellow onions,
Sliced fresh tomatoes
Diced Red Onions
Thinly sliced eggplant
Ultra thinly-sliced carrots
A little cheese
Hope this gives you some ideas!
Try cleaning out the frig tonight and see how much your family enjoys your concoction!