Long-time friend and reader Tim requested some of the recipes mentioned here, so I have added a new category.
This is what we are having for dinner tonight: Lowest Common Denominator Pizza. It is so named because it has the pizza ingredients that we can all agree on. Two of us like anchovies, three of us like mushrooms. This is a pizza we all four can all enjoy.
2/3 cup warm (105-115 degrees F)
1 package or 1 tablespoon dry yeast (My store stopped carrying regular yeast and only carries bread-machine yeast. I don’t know what the difference is, it works just fine.)
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (I use canola)
1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix the water, yeast and sugar together and let “rest” for 5-10 minutes. (I don’t know why they call it resting, the yeast is really going to town there.) It should start to be bubbly. Add flour, oil and salt and mix with a spoon until dough is too stiff for the spoon. Sprinkle some flour on your counter top and your hands and knead the dough until it is elastic. (If you are a newbie to making yeast breads, you might want to try a real bread recipe to get a feel for the steps involved.) Flour the dough some more, and roll it out till it is > 16 inches in diameter. Place the rolled dough on your 16″ pie pan or other suitable dish.
Pour an 8 oz can of tomato sauce onto the dough and spread it out with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle with your favorite pizza spices. I use oregano, rosemary and basil, probably about 1/2 teaspoon of each, but I don’t measure them, just sprinkle till I have the right amount. Next sprinkle one green pepper that you have previously diced. Since the store I buy peppers at packages them in threes, I will dice the extra two and put them in the freezer, each in their own baggie. Next sprinkle with 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese. Then place 4 oz sliced pepperoni on top. Bake at 425 degrees F for 11-13 minutes. I buy the mozzarella in 4 cup packages and the pepperoni pre-sliced in 8 oz packages, so that will be enough for 2 pizzas for us.