[Recipe] A Pizza Dough that Will Change Your Life… No Seriously

Pizza is an American family favorite. My family is all American in this way. We love it so much we probably contribute half of the $37 billion dollars a year to the pizza industry… until recently.

I’ve recently haggled and hornswoggled my friend, Janet Schmidtline to ‘contribute’ her family recipe to mine. Ever since then (2 years ago), I’ve found you can do many things with pizza dough.

It’s funny how a simple pizza dough has changed my world, about once a week (husband says every other day). Let me explain… wait… that’ll take too long… let me sum up.

Fast & Easy to Make

Thick or thin? Never has so much animosity crossed the centerline of my dinner table than this, even compared to politics.

I voted for both!

I convinced my family with this sales pitch:
What if… it was made “LIKE” a thick crust, but had the same taste as a thin crust? We’ll give it its own category… Medium. And I’ll make it (like they ever did…).

Arbitration had come to an end.

Honestly, this pizza dough is a no-rise ‘medium’ crust; cook-it-how-you-want-it style. It’s a win-win for me.

With no rise dough, the cook time is shortened from 1-3 hours (most of it wait time) to finished pizza in 30 minutes. That’s about as long as it takes to argue what type of pizza to order and finally get the husband to pick it up.

If you want a workout, keep ordering (and arguing over) pizza. If you want to save calories, make your own.

But… it doesn’t taste like Papa Pizza Little Gazebo’s *insert pout-face* said every child everywhere. Ahh, but mine tastes better. Why? Because I said so.

Not All Dough is Created Equal

Along with the thick/thin brawls that ensue, people have their own opinions on how the dough should work with the pizza.

This dough is not for you if:

  • You eat the pizza for the dough
  • You want it airy and thick
  • Ordering from your family’s preferred pizza joint is on par with a religious ceremony of praise and thanksgiving.

This pizza dough get’s out of the way of the toppings and doesn’t offend anyone.

I check the quality of pizza dough based on the number of remaining crusts. This dough leaves about 12.5% (whatever ‘accidently’ fell on the floor from the toddler). It beats almost every other pizza joint we’ve tried.

Okay… thick/thin and tastes better than cardboard, but what about…

Duh… you’re making it yourself, put cheese in it if you want to!

Many a surprised faces when my kids bite into cheese-stuffed crust. They think I’ve created a novel invention. Mom wins.

This crust tastes good because you ‘make it’ taste good. <<– period

More Than a Pizza Crust

Remember I said pizza dough has many uses? We’ve tried a few and have been quite pleased.

This is the land of ponies and dragons. You can create so much stuff, or stick with the basics.

My husband is super great at randomly being too efficient. If we know 300 recipes that taste good (or that one pizza place), why venture into the unknown? I get it, but I like new clothes and food as much as the next woman. And he’s at work while I’m making it…

Now, I’ve been sharing on my Facebook and Instagram some pictures of meals with this pizza dough (quite frequently, actually). To save you all from asking, I’ll share the recipes here (see below).


Pizza Dough

Makes 2 medium/large pizzas.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 Tbsp  sugar
  • 1 Tbsp yeast
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 cups flour (or more)

Instructions:

  1. Mix together 3 cups of flour, sugar, yeast, and salt in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in hot water until completely incorporated.
  3. Add remaining flour; it may need more flour until the perfect consistency. Add extra flour, small amounts at a time, until dough is not too sticky, but manageable to work with.
  4. Spray pizza pan.
  5. Spray hands, then spread dough evenly onto pizza pan.
  6. Top with sauce and toppings.
  7. Bake at 450 degrees F for 15-17 minutes until dough is a light brown and cheese is melted.

Some of our favorite pizza combinations:

Basil Pesto Veggie Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 batch Pizza dough
  • 1/2 – 2/3 cup Basil Pesto sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups – 2 cups Grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top
  • Chopped veggies (mushrooms, peppers, olives, zucchini, yellow squash, spinach, etc.)
  • Note: when using zucchini or yellow squash – chop, then put on paper towel, sprinkle with salt, and top with more paper towel; this helps soak out some of the water and keeps your pizza from dripping with too much liquid when cooked. (I do these veggies first so they have time to soak.)

Steps:

  1. Make pizza dough.
  2. Spread pizza dough out on sprayed pizza pan (twist edges for crust or push enough dough up around the edges on deep dish pan) and prepare toppings.
  3. Evenly spread sauce around entire pizza dough.
  4. Sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese evenly on top of sauce.
  5. Top with veggies.
  6. Sprinkle 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese over everything.
  7. Bake at 450 degrees F for 15-17 minutes until dough is a light brown and cheese is melted. Enjoy!

1. Make pizza dough.

2. Spread dough on pan and prepare toppings.

3-4. Spread sauce on dough and sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top.

 

5-6. Top with veggies, and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.

7. Bake and enjoy!

 


pizza-loaded pepperoni-pizza 

Meat and or Veggies with Tomato Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 batch Pizza dough
  • Pepperoni, bacon and/or diced ham
  • 1/2 – 2/3 cup Tomato sauce (we use different kinds of flavored spaghetti sauce)
  • 1 1/2 cups – 2 cups Grated cheese (mozzarella is the best, not too greasy)
  • Chopped veggies (mushrooms, peppers, olives, zucchini, yellow squash, spinach, etc.)
  • Note: you can omit the meat and do only veggies; we love it this way!
  • Note: when using zucchini or yellow squash – chop, then put on paper towel, sprinkle with salt, and top with more paper towel; this helps soak out some of the water and keeps your pizza from dripping with too much liquid when cooked. (I do these veggies first so they have time to soak.)

Steps:

  1. Make and spread pizza dough out on sprayed pizza pan (twist edges for crust or push enough dough up around the edges on deep dish pan)
  2. Evenly spread sauce around entire pizza dough.
  3. Sprinkle main bulk of grated cheese evenly on top of sauce; leave about 1/4 cup to sprinkle on later.
  4. Add meat(s) evenly over cheese and top with veggies.
  5. Sprinkle remaining cheese over everything.
  6. Bake at 450 degrees F for 15-17 minutes until dough is a light brown and cheese is melted. Enjoy!

1. Make dough and spread out on sprayed pizza pan.

2. Spread sauce evenly on dough.

3. Sprinkle cheese on top of sauce.

 

4. Add meat(s) on top of cheese then top with veggies.

5. Sprinkle a little cheese on top.

6. Bake and enjoy!

 


meat-calzone-before-baking meat-calzone-slice

Meat and Veggie Cal-zone

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch Pizza dough
  • Pepperoni, cooked ground sausage, bacon and/or diced ham
  • 1/2 cup – 2/3 cup Tomato sauce (we use different kinds of flavored spaghetti sauce)
  • 2 cups – 2 1/4 cups Grated cheese (mozzarella is the best, not too greasy)
  • Chopped veggies (mushrooms, peppers, olives, zucchini, yellow squash, spinach, etc.)
  • Note: when using zucchini or yellow squash – chop, then put on paper towel, sprinkle with salt, and top with more paper towel; this helps soak out some of the water and keeps your pizza from dripping with too much liquid when cooked. (I do these veggies first so they have time to soak.)

Steps:

  1. Make pizza dough and spread 1/2 out on sprayed pizza pan.
  2. Evenly spread sauce around entire pizza dough.
  3. Sprinkle main bulk of grated cheese evenly on top of sauce; leave about 1/4 cup to sprinkle on later.
  4. Add meat(s) evenly over cheese.
  5. Top with veggies.
  6. Sprinkle remaining cheese over everything.
  7. Spread the other 1/2 of the pizza dough out on another sprayed pizza pan. Carefully flip over on top of dough with all the toppings on it, covering it all around evenly. Pinch edges together to enclose entire cal-zone.
  8. You can add some extra sauce, meat and cheese to the top of the cal-zone, like we did.
  9. Bake at 450 degrees F for about 20 – 25 minutes (it might take longer) until dough is a light brown. Enjoy!

bbq-pizza 

BBQ Chicken or Veggie Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 batch Pizza dough
  • Chicken, bacon and/or diced ham
  • 1/2 – 2/3 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups – 2 cups Grated cheese (mozzarella is the best, not too greasy)
  • Chopped veggies (mushrooms, peppers, olives, zucchini, yellow squash, spinach, etc.)
  • Note: you can omit the meat and do only veggies; we love it this way!
  • Note: when using zucchini or yellow squash – chop, then put on paper towel, sprinkle with salt, and top with more paper towel; this helps soak out some of the water and keeps your pizza from dripping with too much liquid when cooked. (I do these veggies first so they have time to soak.)

Steps:

  1. Make and spread pizza dough out on sprayed pizza pan (twist edges for crust or push enough dough up around the edges on deep dish pan)
  2. Evenly spread sauce around entire pizza dough.
  3. Sprinkle main bulk of grated cheese evenly on top of sauce; leave about 1/4 cup to sprinkle on later.
  4. Add meat(s) evenly over cheese.
  5. Top with veggies.
  6. Sprinkle remaining cheese over everything.
  7. Bake at 450 degrees F for 15-17 minutes until dough is a light brown and cheese is melted. Enjoy!

Chicken or Veggie Alfredo Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 batch Pizza dough
  • Chicken, bacon and/or diced ham
  • 1/2 – 2/3 cup Alfredo sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups – 2 cups Grated cheese (mozzarella is the best, not too greasy; we also like to add Parmesan cheese)
  • Chopped veggies (mushrooms, peppers, olives, zucchini, yellow squash, spinach, etc.)
  • Note: you can omit the meat and do only veggies; we love it this way!
  • Note: when using zucchini or yellow squash – chop, then put on paper towel, sprinkle with salt, and top with more paper towel; this helps soak out some of the water and keeps your pizza from dripping with too much liquid when cooked. (I do these veggies first so they have time to soak.)

Steps:

  1. Make and spread pizza dough out on sprayed pizza pan (twist edges for crust or push enough dough up around the edges on deep dish pan)
  2. Evenly spread sauce around entire pizza dough.
  3. Sprinkle main bulk of grated cheese evenly on top of sauce; leave about 1/4 cup to sprinkle on later.
  4. Add meat(s) evenly over cheese.
  5. Top with veggies.
  6. Sprinkle remaining cheese over everything.
  7. Bake at 450 degrees F for 15-17 minutes until dough is a light brown and cheese is melted. Enjoy!

 The Wrap Up

I’ve saved billions of dollars, civil war, and a happy home with this pizza dough. I’m trying to save your life here…

If you ever get stuck with 45 minutes until dinner and your mind wanders to pizza (like 1/2 the time, right?) then try making it yourself and save billions of dollars with me.

2 comments on “[Recipe] A Pizza Dough that Will Change Your Life… No Seriously
  1. Rebecca says:

    Yummm! Next time I make pizza I am trying this dough!

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