Even food has a story...
Every Friday night is pizza night at our house! Pizza night is part of our half-family night. "Half" because historically, Friday was the night we'd gather around the dining room table for pizza, followed by a short walk to the living room couch for a movie. Now that our oldest two are at Youth Group on those nights, we maintain our pizza tradition in between carting our teen and almost-teen to church, and coming in & out from sports practices, too.
Time flies and family life changes as our kids grow...movie nights are now for occasional Saturday nights. But, some traditions are worth applying some creativity to in order to maintain. Yes, our pizza is homemade...and no, it's not hard to do :-).
Pizza Dough (1 & 1/2 lb.) - for 2 pies
- 1 & 1/4 cup of water
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 & 1/2 teaspoon of active dry yeast
Pizza Dough (about 2 lbs.) - for 3 pies
- 1 & 1/2 cup of water
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 3 cups of whole wheat flour
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 4 teaspoons of sugar
- 3 teaspoons of active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 14 oz. can of plain, unsalted tomato sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon basil
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh parsely
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed black pepper
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Choose how many pizza pies you'd like/need to make.
- Place water in bread maker first, followed by olive oil, flour, then the other dry ingredients.
- Dig a small well into the flour and add yeast.
- Set your bread maker to the dough setting.
- Sautée chopped onion and minced garlic in olive or coconut oil until golden.
- Add basil and oregano, stir, then let cook for two minutes.
- Add plain, canned tomato sauce to onion/garlic/herb mixture. Stir mixture in pan.
- Add sea salt, ground pepper, sugar, and parsley to the sauce; mix, and simmer for 20-25 minutes.
- Let cool for at least 20 minutes before making your pizza(s).
- Roll out dough over lightly-floured pizza stones; cover with an unused dishtowel for about 30 minutes, untouched, in order to rise.
- If it's warm outside, gently lift the dough off the stone and place onto your high-temperature (about 500-600 degrees) grill grate. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Turn 90 degrees and cook another 2-3 minutes. If it's cold outside, place dough on stone in the oven (about 400 degrees) to cook for about 5 minutes.
- Take dough off the grill (or out of the oven); then add sauce, shredded cheese, as well as any other desired topping, on top.
- Place pizza back on the grill, close the lid, and cook until the cheese is melted (about 3-4 additional minutes). If you're using the oven, place back into the oven until the same (about 8-10 minutes).