Last night was pizza night and instead of going for the usual cheap take-out pizza, my hubby requested homemade pizza. My go to recipe for pizza dough comes from the Barefoot Contessa Parties cookbook. I like it because it uses honey in the dough and I can make this in minutes in my stand mixer. I usually double the recipe without any problems. I let the dough rise for about 2 hours while we went to a movie. The recipe calls for a shorter rising time but I almost always let it rise for 1-2 hours. We made barbecue chicken pizza's with cheddar jack cheese and barbecue sauce along with smoked sausage pizza's for the kids. As a kid my family always used sliced smoked sausage instead of pepperoni. I made a quick homemade pizza sauce to use for the sausage pizza's. It may take more time and effort than calling the local pizza guy, but it's worth it. Enjoy!
from Barefoot Contessa Parties!
1 1/4 cups warm water (100-110 degrees)
2 packages dry yeast
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
2 teaspoons kosher salt
For the dough, combine the water, yeast, honey and olive oil in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook. Let sit for a few minutes until yeast starts to foam. Add 3 cups flour, then the salt and mix. While mixing, add 1 more cup of flour to form a soft dough. Knead on low speed for 10 minutes until smooth, sprinkling extra flour as needed, to keep it from sticking to sides of bowl. Turn out on to floured board and knead 12 times. It should be smooth and elastic. Place in a large well-oiled bowl and cover with a towel. Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes. Divide into equal parts and roll into a balls. Place balls on a baking sheet covered with a damp paper towel. Let rest for 10 minutes, then roll out, or refrigerate until ready to use.
When ready to bake, place rolled out dough on a greased sheet pan, load it up with your favorite sauce and toppings, bake in a 500 degree oven for 13-15 minutes. ** If you've refrigerated the dough, let it come to room temp for about 30 minutes before using.
Lisa's Homemade Pizza Sauce
1/2 of a small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely minced
1 (28oz) can tomato puree
2-4 tablespoons sugar (I like it sweet so I used all 4)
1 1/2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
In a saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-low heat, add onion and garlic, cook until onion is tender, but not brown. Add tomato puree, tomato paste, sugar (to taste), Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Let simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Taste for seasonings. ** Can be made ahead of time and stored in refrigerator until ready to use.