Homemade Pizza

Ingredients: pizza dough, basil pesto, tomato sauce, ham, pineapple, sausage, pepperoni, bbq sauce, shredded cooked chicken, mozarella cheese.

Directions: for pizza dough I use THEPIONEERWOMAN recipe below. After following her directions I first spread basil pesto on the dough, then some tomato sauce, and then whatever toppings I want the pizza to be and then finish up with the cheese before popping it in the oven.

Pizza Dough:
1tsp dry yeast
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

Pour 1 1/2 cups warm water into a bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over the water. Combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl. With an electric mixer on low speed, drizzle in the olive oil until just incorporated. In separate bowl, gently stir the water/yeast mixture. Drizzle it onto the flour/oil mixture; mix until the dough forms a ball. (You can also mix by hand.) Drizzle a little olive oil into a clean bowl. Toss the ball of dough in the bowl and turn over to coat in oil.

Cover bowl with a moist kitchen towel and set in a warm place for 1 to 2 hours, or cover with plastic wrap and store in fridge for up to 2 days.

To prepare crust, preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Divide dough in half. Lightly drizzle olive oil on a pizza pan or rimmed baking sheet. Using your hands, stretch the dough to the desired shape, pressing the dough into the pan with your fingers. The thinner the better. Lay the toppings over the dough and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until the edges of the crust are golden brown.

The other half of the dough may be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerated up to 3 days before use, or frozen for up to 6 months.

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