Thursday, February 12, 2009

Island Pizzas

Making breads is easy on island. The stores stock all the necessities. So pizza has become a main staple for me and Bill.

To make the best Pizza Dough:

In a medium sized bowl combine:
1 cup of warm water
1 tsp brown sugar
1 TBS yeast

Put into the oven to keep warm for 20 minutes to ensure the yeast is good. It should be bubbly after 20 minutes.

Add to the yeasty water:
1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup of white flour at a time mixing between each addition.

When the dough begins to form a ball in the bowl, empty it onto a floured cutting board or counter top. Begin needing, adding small amounts of flour as necessary until it no longer sticks to your hands (about 5 minutes).

Clean out the bowl. Add 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil to coat the inside of the bowl. Put in the ball of dough; cover with a light towel and put back in the oven to rise approximately 50 minutes. When doubled in size, take it out of the oven, punch it down and knead for another few minutes until all the air is out.

Cut the dough in half and begin to roll it out to fit on a cookie sheet. Add your favorite toppings (see below) and bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes until lightly browned on the bottom.

Favorite toppings:
Recently, Rams had baby portabella mushrooms. Needless to say, this pizza had sauteed onions, red peppers, portabella mushrooms and about 2 TBS of salsa. Season with salt and pepper and your favorite herbs; top with goat cheese. Delicious!

Another favorite is sauteed scallions, spinach, and olives seasoned with salt, pepper and herbs.
Topped with goat cheese of course.

Pizzas can be topped with just about anything... ground chicken; potatoes; fresh tomato and basil...let your imagination take you there!

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