Week 08 – 2011

Week 8 finds the Pats heading to Heinz field for a heck of a tough game. With a heavy snow storm and a foot of snow, something fun, easy and football friendly is in order. For this weeks game we make a homemade pizza. Read on for the full details:

Homemade dough
2 cups of flour
2/3 cup of warm water
¼ teaspoon of bread yeast
¼ teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of oil

Mix thoroughly by hand or with a mixing machine. Let sit for a few hours to rise. When ready to make the pizza, roll out on a floured pizza stone. If you don’t have a pizza stone then flour a countertop, roll out the dough and then put on a greased cookie sheet. The crust will be different when cooked on a stone versus a cookie sheet.

The fixings:
1 jar of pizza sauce
1 bag of shredded pizza cheese. Don’t go fat free as it comes out brittle like plastic and tasteless.
Turkey pepperoni – we like it more than regular as it’s less greasy and just as tasty
2 chipolte chicken sausages.

Sauce the crust leaving about a ½ inch of dough edge. Spread the cheese over the sauce with a ¼ inch of dough showing. Layer with pepperoni and then the sliced and quartered sausage. As the pizza cooks the cheese and topings will pull towards the center. The key to a good pizza is to overlap the sauce edge with the cheese. A bonus crust toping we like to bake with is pesto. Slather on the crust before putting in the oven.
Cook for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. We’ll enjoy our pizza with a nice glass of Dubbel.

Options
The Veggie version – as noted above but with sliced peppers, onions and mushrooms. Some oregano on top for good measure.

The Hawaiian – We like cooked seasoned boneless chicken and pineapple on our version of the Hawaiian pizza. Baked ham cubed small also works although we prefer thick cut luncheon meat shredded with the pineapple.

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