Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Better than Takeout





Who doesn't love pizza?  (Rhetorical question.)  Most people do.  And, as great as takeout pizza is, perfecting your own soft homemade crust with hand-picked toppings gives you such a self-gratifying moment.  Plus it's probably a lot cheaper.  Last time we ordered takeout pizza and wings, we spent about $40 which seems excessive. 

And, if you've figured me out by now, I can't just do it simple.  I have to do it two ways.  I love Barbecue Chicken Pizza, but my husband and kids love Meat Lovers.  So I made both.  Just use the recipe for Pizza Dough/Stomboli/Calzones under my Breads tab and double it if you want to make two.  This dough rises up ridiculously well.  I even stuffed the crusts with Mozzarella cheese.  The barbecue sauce is under my Dips/Sauces/Relishes tab,  and the marinara sauce is under my Basics tab. The rest of the toppings, of course, are up to you.  Go crazy!  Add whatever you like or take away whatever you don't like.  I have pizza stones to cook them on which is preferred, but a cookie sheet will work just fine.  It may take a little longer than takeout, but your family and friends will give you high-fives and pats on the back for this one.  Mangia!



MEAT LOVERS PIZZA

1 Pizza Dough (click for recipe), rolled out into a circle (or rectangle if you only have a cookie sheet)
1 1/2 Italian sausages, removed from casings, cooked and crumbled
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/4 C ham
Pepperoni, as much as you like
2 C marinara sauce
2 C Mozzarella cheese
1/4 C melted butter
1 T garlic powder
4-5 Mozzarella cheese sticks

If you are making your own dough, let the dough rise the first time.  Then roll it out and place the toppings on.  Let the dough rise again for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix the melted butter and garlic powder together.  Cut the cheese sticks in half.  Place the dough on a pizza stone or cookie sheet.  Working around the outer circle of the pizza, place cheese stick halves on the dough and fold the dough in over the cheese, pressing down to seal.  Spread marinara sauce over center of the dough.  Layer with cheese and desired toppings.  Cook about 20 minutes.  Brush with garlic butter mixture, rotate the pizza in the oven, and bake another 10-15 minutes until the crust is browned.

BARBECUE CHICKEN PIZZA

1 Pizza Dough (click for link), rolled out into a circle (or a rectangle if you only have a cookie sheet)
2 C barbecue sauce
1 1/2 C cooked, shredded chicken
2 C pepper Jack cheese
Sliced red onions
4-5 Mozzarella cheese sticks
1/4 C melted butter
1 T garlic powder

If you are making your own dough, let the dough rise the first time.  Then roll it out and place the toppings on.  Let the dough rise again for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix the melted butter and garlic powder together.  Cut the cheese sticks in half.  Place the dough on a pizza stone or cookie sheet.  Working around the outer edge of the pizza, place cheese stick halves on the dough and fold the dough in over the cheese, pressing down to seal.  Spread the barbecue sauce over center of the dough.  Layer with cheese, chicken, and onions (or other desired toppings).  Cook about 20 minutes.  Brush with the garlic butter mixture, rotate the pizza in the oven, and bake another 10-15 minutes until the crust is browned.

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