Aloha Friday – Question #2

I have a hard time with this question sometimes. I don’t just like one thing (thus the extra 40lbs I’m constantly lugging everywhere with me). It also depends on the time of day for me. For the sake of not boring you to death, I’ve narrowed my choice to dinner.

Pizza is my weakness. Who am I kidding! I have a ton of weaknesses, but pizza being one of the frontrunners. I will almost NEVER turn down pizza. I have fond pizza memories. Growing up in Tonga, there was no Pizza Hut or Dominoes (there still isn’t). If we wanted pizza, my dad made it from scratch and it was an event. It was the usual request for a birthday meal. My dad would make a special trip to town to purchase the (expensive) ingredients, come home and make pizza for our birthdays. Maybe that’s why pizza holds a special place in heart.

So I ask you: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEAL? AND WHY?

 

 

Aloha Friday is a fun meme created by Kailani over at islandlife808.com. If you would like to participate, jump on over to her blog to link up.

 

 

Homemade Pizza – Tastes Just Like Delivery

I have been on a quest for years now for the perfect homemade pizza dough recipe. I’m not sure how many years it has taken me, but if you have been on the same quest, I’m here to tell you, you have reached your “pizza shangri-la”. Allrecipes.com aided me in my journey by posting this recipe here submitted by Phyllis. Not only is this recipe that is better than Digirono (in my opinion), the icing on the cake is that it’s so easy to make. If you wish, you may assume your meditating position while you read the rest of this post.

Let’s start with the dough. Pour in sugar and yeast into the water. Make sure the water is warm, or your yeast will have a hissy fit. Yeast can be diva’s and refuse to work in conditions that are just not right. I’m just sayin’.

This is ‘proofing’, and it means your yeast has decided that conditions you subjected it to were acceptable.

After your yeast has proofed, it’s time for the next set of ingredients. Olive oil, salt and flour. Just throw it into the yeast mixture.

And mix. I do have a mixer, but sometimes it’s just easier to do it by hand. I know. I’m so backwards.

Just keep mixing till your dough comes together. Towards the end, you’re just going to have to give up the giant spoon and work it with your hands. Or, if you’re not backwards like me, you could just let your mixer do all the work.

When your dough has formed a ball, put it in a draft-free, warm place to rise. I usually turn my oven on for 20 seconds, then turn it off. It warms up just enough to make your dough happy and rise. This will take about 45 mins to rise. This should be enough time to balance your checkbook, find out you spent too much last month on take out and give yourself a pat on the back for being economical this time.

After the dough has risen, cut it in half. This recipe is enough for two round 16″ pizzas.  Or you could just make one big rectangular one.

So I made myself buy this pizza stone. You DO NOT have to have this for your pizza to come out great. Sprinkle cornmeal on whatever pan you are going to use for your pizza. I don’t know what it is about the cornmeal, but I swear it makes a difference. Try it.

Roll out your pizza dough into whatever shape you want and roll over the sides to make your crust. I tend to roll out my dough on the thin side. You can roll yours out to whatever thickness you like.

Pour on your favorite spaghetti sauce and spread it around.

Sprinkle on your mozarella (I shredded it myself this time). Then I sprinkled on some basil.

Then add whatever toppings you like. In my home, my boys have can’t be bothered with fancy gourmet pizzas. So we’re just doing pepperoni this time. Put it in the oven and bake. While your house is filling up with the aroma of your favorite pizza eatery, make sure your are stocked with some soda. Don’t they just go hand in hand. Hot apple pie and ice-cream, unicorns and glitter, pepperoni pizza and soda. It goes without saying.

When your crust is that delicious color brown, it is done. Grab your pizza slicer and slice away. Just don’t slice any body parts like me, and in a panic call your doctors office and your husband home, only to find out you don’t really need stiches. Just don’t. It’s kind of embarrassing. What you should do, after you have sliced your pizza carefully, is pour yourself some diet Root Beer (because you don’t need any more calories) and put on a movie.

 

HOME MADE PIZZA DOUGH

2 1/2 tsps yeast                    2 Tbsps olive oil

1 cup warm water                1 tsp salt

2 cups flour                          2 tsps white sugar

Favorite toppings                1 tsp cornmeal

Mix in your sugar and yeast into a bowl with warm water and let it sit and proof for about 5 minutes. Once your dough is proofed, mix in the flour, salt, and olive oil. Stir it together until a dough starts forming. Use your hands and mix until your dough starts to form a ball. Let it sit and rise in a draft-free, warm spot for about 45 mins. Prep your pizza pan by oiling it a little and putting cornmeal on it. If you have a pizza stone, follow the directions it came with. After your dough has risen, split it in two and roll it out into two 16″ circles. Place on your pan and fold over the edge to make the crust. Put on your favorite toppings and bake for 20 mins. at 350 degrees. Your pizza will be done when the crust is golden brown. Don’t forget the soda when you’re ready to eat. It just won’t feel complete without it.