This has been my consistent pizza dough recipe for the last couple of years. I go back and forth with a couple of others but this is my go to recipe. Simple and Delicious!!
Neopolitan Pizza Dough
(this recipe makes 2 – 16 ounce pizza dough balls)
4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 plus 2 Tablespoons warm water (100-109 degrees)
2 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
1 teaspoon yeast
Olive Oil, for brushing
Cornmeal, for dusting (or you can use flour)
- Combine all ingredients in food processor (or stand up mixer or place in a large bowl and mix by hand). I use a food processor. It works fast and awesomely!
- Rub olive oil over the dough and place in large bowl lightly oiled. You can make this place in fridge overnight (or 2-3 days) or let it rise a couple of hours and make your pizza(s) the same day. If you decide to do the same day cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in a draft free, warm area. Give it a couple hours to rise.
- Top with pizza sauce and cheese or whatever you desire. Bake at 475 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Did you know you can freeze pizza dough? Bake one dough today, freeze the other and make it when you feel like it. I wrap the dough ball tightly in plastic wrap and place in the freezer. You can take it out the night before and let it defrost overnight.
I saw this recipe in “allrecipes Magazine”. Yes, they not only have their website but they have a nice magazine. Kent and I enjoy breakfast pizza but have never tried left over pizza in a casserole. Most every Friday we have pizza. This Friday we did a cheese pizza and a 3 meat pizza. The meat pizza this week had sausage, bacon and Canadian bacon. Ready for a nice “Simple and Delicious” casserole? Here it is:
Left Over Pizza Breakfast Casserole
(compliments of allrecipes.com)
3 slices leftover sausage pizza, cut into 3/4 inch squares (or 3 cups) Whatever pizza you have left over is perfect!
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
1/3 cup chopped onion
3 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 clove garlic, minced (optional) I say add it in!
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper (I use kosher salt. If you use table salt use 1/4 teaspoon. OR; don’t add at all. This was not part of recipe.)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper or to taste (I lightly sprinkled on top)
Pepperoni slices or any other meat if you desire. I did not add any more, we had plenty this week! However, Canadian Bacon or some fried bacon would be yummy.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray. (I used my 8 inch square pyrex dish.)
- Arrange pizza squares in prepared baking dish and top with mozzarella.
- Whisk together eggs, milk, onion, melted butter, garlic and oregano in a large bowl; pour over pizza. Sprinkle with Parmesan and crushed red pepper then cover with foil.
- Bake 30 minutes. Remove foil and top with pepperoni or other meat if using.
- Continue baking, uncovered, until eggs are set and Parmesan is melted, about 20 minutes.
With everyone worrying about calories in my world I am going to start posting calories if noted in recipe. Per 1 cup serving: 446 calories. Have a piece or 1/2 a piece, it is worth it!
Simple and Delicious for the holidays or any day!
No Bake Avalanche Cookies
(got recipe online. Tons out there!)
2 cups Crispy Rice cereal
1 cup mini marshmallows
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
16 ounces white chocolate
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Mix cereal and marshmallows in large bowl. Set aside.
- Melt white chocolate and peanut butter together. I used the microwave. Check frequently and stir. Don’t over heat it though. (If you overheat it will become hard and crumbly.) You can also use the double boiler method.
- When above is melted, pour over cereal and marshmallows and mix until completely coated
- Drop using a tablespoon onto the lined pans
- You could sprinkle with mini chocolate chips, if desired. (We don’t do that.)
- Place in refrigerator until set. About 1 hour.
Thought I would bake some different cookies for the Holiday Season. I found this recipe in my Betty Crocker cookbook. I made some as sandwich cookies and the rest as a cookie with or without ganache topping. Give these a try! I am going to use this recipe with lemon and thyme over the weekend. Hmmm, maybe lavender and lemon! What do you think of that?
Chocolate Filled (or not) Orange Rosemary Butter Ball Cookies
(Compliments of http://www.bettycrocker.com)
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon fresh Rosemary, chopped finely
1 Tablespoon orange zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup sugar (to roll cookies in before baking)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- In large bowl, beat butter, powdered sugar, orange peel, rosemary, salt and vanilla with electric mixer on low speed until mixed; beat on medium speed until creamy. On low speed, beat in flour and baking powder until dough forms. (I used my standup mixer.)
- In small bowl, place sugar. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar. On ungreased or parchment lined cookie sheets, place balls 2 inches apart. Press lightly with tines of fork to flatten slightly
Bake 6 to 8 minutes or just until edges start to brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks; cool completely.
Meanwhile, in small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and whipping cream uncovered on High in 15-second intervals until chips can be stirred smooth. Refrigerate until cooled and mixture starts to set, about 10 minutes.
For each sandwich cookie, spread about 1/2 teaspoon filling on bottom of 1 cookie. Press bottom of second cookie over filling. Let stand until set.
When they first come out of oven the rosemary is a strong flavor as a warm cookie. At first I thought I would recommend cutting the rosemary quantity in half. As the cookies cool it is just right.
Quick, favorite dip for this family! Simple and Delicious!!
Seven Layer Dip
1 can Refried Beans (Don’t have refried beans? You can do this recipe without them. Still delish!)
1 package Taco Seasoning Mix
1 package cream cheese, softened
1 can chopped green chiles
1 cup thick and chunky salsa
2 cups shredded lettuce
2 cups shredded Cheddar or Mexican cheese blend (8 ounces)
1/2 sliced black olives, drained (2.25 ounces)
1 medium tomato, diced
- In medium bowl, mix refried beans and taco seasoning mix. Spread mixture on 12′ round serving platter.
- In another medium bowl, mix cream cheese and chiles. Carefully spread over bean mixture.
- Top with salsa, lettuce, cheese, olives and tomato. Refrigerate until serving time. Serve with tortilla chips.
Eric suggested this pizza. He heard about it on one of his podcasts. I am glad he remembered it, that is for sure. I checked online to investigate 🙂 and the recipe I decided to follow was from #SeriousEats. The secret ingredient; Wisconsin Brick Cheese (NOT the aged one). It is simple and very DELISH!
Detroit Style Pan Pizza
300g Bread Flour (about 2 generous cups)
5g instant yeast (or about 1 teaspoon. I used a heaping teaspoon)
9g salt (1 1/2 teaspoons of table salt or 1 Tablespoon Kosher. I used Kosher)
220g water (about 1 cup minus 1 1/2 teaspoons)
Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed
I make my dough in a food processor. You can use a stand up mixer or your muscles. Whatever works for you!
- Combine flour, yeast, and salt in bowl of food processor and pulse to combine.
- Turn on processor and add water until the dough forms a ball that rides around the bowl of the processor.
- Transfer dough to a greased bowl, form into tight ball and cover with plastic wrap.
- Set aside in a warm place until doubled in volume. About 2 hours.
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2-3 garlic cloves
2 teaspoons dried oregano
Dash red pepper flakes
28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 Tablespoon sugar
Kosher salt to taste (I used 1/2 teaspoon)
- Adjust oven rack to lowest position and preheat to 550 degrees or as close to it as your oven gets.
- Heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat until shimmering.
- Add minced garlic, oregano and pepper flakes and cook, stirring until fragrant. 30 seconds works.
- Add crushed tomatoes, garlic powder, onion powder and sugar.
- Bring to a simmer and cook until reduced to about 3 cups. Takes about 30 minutes. Add salt to taste.
- You will need a 13×9 inch cake pan, 2 Tablespoons olive oil and 12 ounces Wisconsin Brick Cheese cut into 1/2 inch cubes. If you want to add pepperoni you can. I only made the cheese pizza this time. Next time Boars Head pepperoni. (I bought it this weekend!)
- Put 2 Tablespoons olive oil in 13×9 inch cake pan and spread oil in pan. (I used my aluminum, not my glass one.)
- Transfer dough to pan and turn to coat in oil. Press down on dough and spread it toward the edges. It will not go all the way to the edges this time and that is fine. Spread it as much as you can without tearing, cover tightly with plastic and set aside for 30 minutes to rest.
- 30 minutes have passed!! Press down on the dough with your fingertips to remove any large bubbles, pushing toward edge. (For me 30 minutes was enough of a rest. If it doesn’t go to the edges you can let it rest a little longer.)
- Lay half of pepperoni (if using) evenly over face of dough. (As I mentioned, I did not use pepperoni.)
- Top with cheese cubes, spreading it evenly all the way to the very edges of the pan. The photo below is how you want it to look. (If using pepperoni, lay rest of pepperoni down)
- Spoon sauce over surface in 3 even rows, lengthwise. (You will only use half of the sauce. You can make another pizza or freeze for the next time.)
- Transfer to oven and bake until edges are black and bubbly and exposed cheese on top is starting to lightly brown, 15-20 minutes.
- When you take out of oven, run a thin metal spatula all the way around the edges of the pan to loosen the pizza. Carefully lift it out and slide onto cutting board.
- Cut pizza and serve.
You will love it! Guaranteed. ENJOY!!
We are revisiting some of the 50 State 50 Pizzas that got me motivated to start this blog. Friday we brought back the Georgia pizza. This was called the Yuppie pizza from Vinnie Van Go-Go’s, Savannah, GA. Martin and Martin2 really liked this pizza (not as much as the Purple Pig or Strawberry Balsamic pizzas) but pretty close. Kent thought it was good but he would have preferred another cheese other than feta. Why don’t you give it a try and tell us what you think?
Georgia “Yuppie Pizza”
2 tomatoes, sliced, remove seeds
1 – 5 oz jar artichoke hearts (I used the whole jar)
Spicy Italian sausage
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
Preheat oven 475 degrees.
1. Place the olive oil, minced garlic and rosemary in a bowl. Let sit for 10-15 minutes.
2. Brush pizza dough with olive oil mix
3. Top with banana peppers, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, sausage and feta (You can put on as much or as little of the toppings you would like. It is your pizza!)
4. Bake 10-12 minutes. Chow down!
Fridays are always fun! I am really enjoying making these different pizzas again and of course Martin taking random selfies! He is pretty funny!! 🙂
October 18, 2011 was the last time we made this pizza. It is the New Hampshire pizza from 50 States 50 Pizzas. (As you can see from my 2011 posting to this updated one I have improved on my recipe postings!) For our Friday gatherings I have been asking everyone to check out all the pizzas we have done. I want them to let me know which one(s) they would like to revisit. This Friday our blast from the past was the “Spicy Guacamole” pizza. I can’t believe October 2011 was when I first started this blog. This was one of our first pizzas that we tried. It was delicious then and it was delicious today. We really need to make it more than every 3 1/2 years!!
For the Guacamole
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 clove garlic, minced
For the pizza toppings
1/2 small red onion, sliced
1 small roma tomato, seeded and diced
Cheese (You could use one cheese or 4 different cheeses. This time I used; Provolone, Pepper Jack, Colby/Monterey Jack and Mozzarella. You use about 1/3 cup of each one if you are going to use 4. Depends on the weight of your dough. I used a 12 ounce dough size for this pizza.)
SRIRACHA Sauce (You must use hot sauce. Use your favorite. We use Sriracha.)
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (we did not use the cilantro either time. I would suggest adding the cilantro AFTER you bake the pizza.)
1. Make the guacamole – In a medium bowl place the scooped avocado pulp and lime juice, toss to coat. (This will prevent the avocado from turning brown AND gives a nice flavor). Add the spices and mash. I use a fork. (I don’t use the food processor because it gets too smooth for our taste.)
2. Top pizza with cheese (as I mentioned above we did use 4 different kinds), diced tomatoes and sliced red onion.
3. I put the guacamole in a ziploc bag. Cut one of the corners and put on the pizza in a checkerboard manner. (well, kind of!)
4. Kent topped with the Sriracha sauce. He squirted it on in a circular motion starting from the middle and working out to the edges.
5. Baked at 475 degrees for 12-14 minutes.
We really enjoyed this pizza. I tend to like the pizzas with no meat. This has just the right spice. Hope you give it a try and enjoy. It is also great warmed up for breakfast!! 😉
Pizza Friday extended into Saturday this week. I made pizza on Friday but only a cheese pizza and a sausage pizza. Martin wasn’t able to come on Friday and the Alaska pizza was one he really wanted to try. Alaska was a Salmon pizza. The toppings for Alaska were tomatoes, green pepper, red onion, salmon and mozzarella. I used the New York Thin Crust pizza recipe. This time instead of dividing the dough evenly, I divided in thirds. This made about a 12″ pizza which is the perfect size for my stones. Not much in leftovers though! 😦
When I read the description of this pizza it didn’t say anything about a sauce. I ended up using a mix of olive oil, juice from a fresh lemon and 1 clove of minced garlic. I let that set on the counter while I prepared the toppings for the pizza. I then coated the entire dough with the olive oil mix, then added mozzarella cheese. I topped the cheese with tomatoes, green pepper, red onion and a 1/4 pound thinly sliced salmon.
Honestly, I did not think this combination sounded enticing at all! Neither Kyle or myself are seafood people. Kent opted out last night. Martin brought a long time friend, Brenda over with him. Brenda has been to many food festivities at our home. So, let the taste testing begin! I always taste the pizzas. Kyle actually had a piece and we were both pleasantly surprised. Martin(4pieces) and Brenda (2 pieces) loved it! He took 2 pieces home for Jordan. End result; this was a success. I will definitely make this one again. Next time Kent and Rachel will have to try it. 🙂
I decided to make a 50 State, 50 Pizza – pizza this Friday. The state is South Dakota, the toppings; pizza sauce, spicy sour meatballs, sauerkraut, jalapeño peppers with mozzarella cheese. I also made a cheese pizza (Kyle’s favorite), chicken wings (Eric’s favorite), duner kebab (Martin’s favorite) and shrimp with cocktail sauce (Rachel’s favorite).
Here is the my recipe for spicy sour meatballs (which is an appetizer in itself). When you make the meatballs they should be 1 inch size meatballs. I wasn’t sure what to do for the spicy sour sauce. I checked out different recipes and this is what I came up with. Check out my meatball recipe on another post. Here is the spicy sour sauce:
Spicy, Sweet, Sour Sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup chili sauce
1 small onion diced finely
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar|
1 Tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon sriracha sauce (that is the spicy kick!)
Mix all together. Pour over cooked meatballs, bake at 375 for 30 minutes. I fried the meatballs to brown them. You could put the uncooked meatballs in a casserole dish and pour the sauce over them. Bake for a longer period of time.
Here is the assembling of this pizza. Very simple and delicious ( to those who like sauerkraut). 😉 Enjoy!