We start with the crust, we fell in love with this Valentino's Pizza Crust Recipe that we found on allrecipes.com. The beauty of this crust is that even though it is a yeast dough you don't have to wait forever to let it rise, only a 10 minute rest!
Valentino's Pizza Crust
- 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- Stir water, sugar and yeast together until dissolved. Add the olive oil and the salt. Stir in the flour until well blended. Let dough rest for 10 minutes.
- Pat dough into pan or on to a pizza stone using fingers dipped in olive oil. If desired sprinkle basil, thyme or other seasonings on crust. Top with your favorite pizza toppings and bake for 15 to 20 minutes in a preheated 425 degree oven.
We always use a pizza stone and I cover it in parchment paper - it keeps the pizza from sticking without the use of cornmeal. As an added bonus, clean up involves me throwing away the parchment paper and putting the stone away. It is important to use your hands to spread the dough and not a rolling pin, it will affect the texture of your dough.
While the dough is resting, gather your ingredients for the sauce. Although I recommend remembering the sugar - I completely spaced it for the picture!
Bill's Pizza Sauce
*15 oz can Hunt's tomato sauce (you can use other brands but we don't promise it will be as awesome)
*1 Tablespoon dried Oregano
*2 cloves Garlic minced (we use our garlic press - super easy!)
*2 teaspoons dried Basil
*1 Tablespoon minced dried Onion
*1 teaspoon sugar
Mix all ingredients in glass microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 90 seconds, stir well. Microwave for another 90 seconds, stir.
After the dough has rested and you have pressed it out onto the pizza stone, spread the sauce on as light or heavy as you desire. We top ours with 2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella and 4 ounces of pepperoni. Looks like this before heading into the oven:
Mmmm good! Once your pizza is done, carefully remove it from the oven (says the one who is accident prone) and let it rest for a few minutes before cutting into it. You should be rewarded with a beautiful pizza that tastes fantastic!
I would love to know if anyone tries these recipes and how you like them! Enjoy!