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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Crowd pleaser recipes Easy and Quick Weeknight! Part 1

I need more recipes on my site, I cook alot but hardly ever sit down and right out the recipes! My good friend Lauren is excellent about this and we were sharing recipes for quick meals the other day and it was soo helpful! I love having quick, easy, things I can whip up on a weekday. So I decided to post a couple and try to be better about it.

Homemade Pizza
This is one of Mr.'s favorites. He took these pictures while we were making this one night, he loves to help with this recipe. It takes 15 minutes cook time and probably 30 minutes total with prep. You can do alot of the prep while the dough is cooking though just read on!

What you need:

1.Refrigerated Pizza Dough (I get pillsbury thin crust because I've found it works the best. Of course you can make your own but that's not as quick!)
2. 1/2 Small 8 oz can of Tomato sauce (or you can use some you have left over from spaghetti making just save like 4 oz)
3. 1-3 types Cheese chunked that you shred or preshredded (we have used lots of different ones, cheddar, mozzarella, colby jack)
4. Pepperoni (buy a package and it will last you lots of pizzas depending on how heavy of a hand you have for the toppings)
5. 1/4-1/3 a package of Breakfast Sausage, browned (when I have this on hand I use it, it really adds yumminess)
6. Flour a couple handfuls if you are using a wooden paddle and pizza stone
7. Italian Seasoning (just whatever you have in the pantry)

Optional equipment: We have a pizza stone and a paddle so our cook times and techniques may be different but you will make this enough you will master the technique for your own equipment. You can make this on a cookie sheet as well!

1. Preheat oven to 400. If you are using a pizza stone make sure the stone is in there to heat up as well. I generously flour my paddle and the pizza stone at this step. If you had cookie sheet you were cooking this on follow the directions on the package (it says grease with pam)

2.Open the pizza dough. Once the dough is flat on the paddle or the cookie sheet, sprinkle some italian seasonings over the dough just a light sprinkle all over.

3. Here is the secret. Bake the dough first until it gets golden brown (8-10 minutes). This helps it not to be soggy in the middle. *if you are using a paddle make sure you have generously floured the paddle and the stone to allow for easy removal of the pizza. It will require a quick push to get the pizza off the paddle and onto the stone but you can do it.

4. While the dough is cooking, get all your toppings out. Remove the golden brown dough from the oven and add the tomato sauce and toppings. We like sauce, cheese, meat, and then another layer of cheese.

5. Return the pizza on the oven for the cheese to melt )3-5 minutes or as long as you can stand to wait!

Easy and fast dinner!


Lindsey said...

I love your homemade pizza!
And you, I guess.

Lauren said...

Ooooohh! That looks good and easy! We'll be trying that for sure. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Cynthia Lee said...

Ps. Sometimes we put artichoke hearts on our pizzas too, (the marinated ones)

I just remembered that looking at the picture!

sashastri said...

Good Post! Very informative, glad that you are going to continue writing things like this!

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