Friday, May 29, 2009

Something Fun to Eat for Everyone - Pizza

This is really a family recipe - meant to be made by several people together. It is a fun thing to do when the kids are "bored", the teens are driving you crazy, and the garden is starting to grow, or after a nice visit to the farmer's market. I like to grill the vegetables along with the dough they put in the broiler real quick to melt the cheese.


1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for oiling bowl and pan
2 packages of yeast
5 cups of bread flour/ maybe a little more for kneading
1 cup of plain yogurt
dried oregano to taste
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup lukewarm water
1 tablespoon salt
a handful of Parmesan cheese

Mix yeast, sugar and water and let it sit for atleast 5 minutes in a bowl. It will look kind of bubbly.
Add yogurt, olive oil, salt, oregano, Parmesan cheese. Mix it all together.
Start to slowly add the flour at about a cup at a time. Mix it in. It will get to be hard to mix with a spoon. At this point, dump the mixture onto a lat loured surface. Mix the rest of the flour in by hand until it does not stick to your hand. At this point the dough is pretty elastic - press it and it comes back.
Now roll the dough into a ball. Coat a bowl with olive oil. Place ball of dough into bowl and cover with a towel or plastic. Leave for an 1 1/2 hours, the ball should have doubled in size.
Dump the ball onto a flat loured surface and "punch it down" by pressing it flat with the palm of your hand. I like to put a little oil and flour on my hands.
Cut it with a sharp knife into four equal pieces. Let each person have a dough piece. Make a ball and flatten it with a roller or your hands. place in an oiled pizza pan and even it out and make a nice edge.
Let it sit for 30 more minutes so it can rise again, this way when you cook it it will be very soft. this recipe will make four crusts.


8 to 16 ounces of mozzarella cheese
3 ounces of feta cheese
8 ounces to sixteen ounces of pesto
fresh tomato, squash, peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc...

Cover your hands with a light coating of oil. Work the pizza crust in the pan to you get desired thickness. Then cover crust with pesto, cheese, tomatoes, etc. Take the pizza to the grill and plate on the grate just on the edge of your coals. Cook for ten to 15 minutes until the bottom of the crust is crisp and the cheese is melted. I like to grill my vegetables separately then add them at the end. Enjoy!

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