Sometimes, there’s just no need for fancy- and, tonight is one of those times!  Just feel like having some yummy comfort food…that doesn’t take a day and a half to make! 😉

So, on the menu for tonight:  homemade pizza.  Yum!

For the crust, I use a recipe  (submitted by Kamala Platt and Jocele Meyer) from the “More-with-Less” Cookbook that E’s mom gave us, and it’s really good.  We used to make this pizza, actually, for our Youth Group when we were in Austin.  Every week, I’d have to make two huge pizzas to feed everyone.  I had this recipe down-pat, and could have made it w/my eyes closed!  Now, however, it’s been awhile, and I don’t make this nearly as much as E would like, so I’m a bit rusty, and am diving back into the cookbook for some help:

Crust:

Combine in a large bowl:

1 c. warm water

1 pkg. yeast

When dissolved, add:

1 T. sugar

1½ t. salt

2 T. oil

1¼ c. flour

Beat until smooth.  Add:

2 c. additional flour, or enough to make stiff dough

Knead until elastic, about 5 minutes.

Place in greased bowl and let rise until double, about 45 minutes.  Form into a ball.  Pat and stretch to fill greased pizza pan (we use a rolling pin to squish it into a long, rectangular shape, and then just stretch it carefully when in the pan).

Let rise 10 minutes.

** Before we start adding our toppings, we cook the crust first- into the oven at 350˚ for about…10(ish) minutes.  Don’t brown it- just cook it long enough that, when you touch it, it feels a bit more hard, and not squishy.  We found that the crust never cooked all the way through if we didn’t cook it some before we cooked it w/the toppings on.**

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The crust is ready to rise in the pan…lookin’ good!

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Well, the crust has been pre-cooked, and now it’s time for toppings:

Let the pizza-creating begin!

E really doesn’t like “fancy” sauce (no bits of tomato or any chunks) on his pizza, so I just use the most plain stuff ever– turns out that he prefers sauce from TARGET.  (eesh).  Meh, it’s cheap! 😉  Then I doctor it up a bit w/a few spices to make it taste like pizza- garlic, oregano, pepper, and a dash of basil.  I threw on a bit of salt today, too.

Ready for the oven!

It’ll spend about…20(ish) minutes in the oven at 350˚…you just keep looking to see when it looks done, when the cheese it all melted, and looks yummy!  Can’t wait to eat it- love pizza nights! 🙂

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Dinner time!!

Spending tonight on the couch w/my husband and kids, watching some football, and eatin’ some pizza- perfect!

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