Happy Pi Day! Today, I'm sharing a recipe for pizza pie dough. Pizza seems to be a universally loved food. Kids love pizza. Adults love pizza. Americans and Italians love pizza. I love pizza!
I recently learned how to make pizza dough. I make it often for my family. I love this yeast-based dough recipe. The pizza dough does require some time to proof, which makes it a great make-ahead dinner.
Pizza is a great vehicle to use leftovers. I find that I tend to have leftover meat, like chicken, and vegetables in my refrigerator at the end of the week. So, I use pizza dough to turn my leftovers into a delicious, "new" meal. Here's the recipe.
6 ounces (3/4 cup) warm water
1 packet yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup all purpose flour (plus more for rolling out the dough)
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 Tablespoon olive oil (plus 1 teaspoon for the bowl).
Large glass bowl
Large mixing bowl
Grill pan or cast iron skillet
Candy thermometer (optional)
Mix sugar, water, and yeast. RDtip: Make sure to use warm water with a temperature between 110-120*F. The warm water helps activate the yeast. Hot water can kill the yeast, which will inhibit the leavening of the pizza dough.
In a large mixing bowl, add salt, flour, and olive oil. When yeast mixture is bubbly, add to the flour mixture. Mix until ingredients until combined. Pour dough onto a floured surface. Kneed the dough for 3-4 minutes until it is elastic and smooth.
Place the dough in a large, glass mixing bowl that has been coated with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Cover the bowl with cling wrap or a clean towel. Place the dough in a warm, draft-free environment for 1 hour to proof.
The dough should double in size. RDtip: I use my oven as a draft-free proofing environment. Note: Do not turn the oven on while dough is proofing.
Divide dough into 4 pieces. Roll out your dough on a floured surface. Grill your dough in a grill pan on medium heat for 5-7 minutes per side.
Top pizza dough with your favorite toppings to create your own pizza. Here are a few of my favorites pizzas to make.
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Tomato Herb Pizza
Salt and pepper
Balsamic vinegar reduction
To make these pizzas into a more balance meal, add a side salad like a Greek Salad or Caesar salad.
These recipes turn your leftovers into a great, new meal. Using leftovers to make "new" meals is a great way to save money and no one will guess that this was a meal made of leftovers. So, try making pizza dough and reveal in the praise of your loved ones.
I hope you enjoy these recipes. Feel free to make pizza dough with your kids. It's a really fun hands-on meal for kids.
You can invite your friends over and turn any night into a pizza night. Have fun! If you make any of these recipes, tag me @RDtipoftheday. I love seeing your creations.
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