Happiness is a Slice of Pizza

Happy National Pizza Day!

National Pizza Day is one of my favorite days of the year. I never need an excuse to eat or make pizza, but it makes my obsession with the delicious pie a little more acceptable. I would eat pizza every day if I could, but National Pizza Day is the one day that I make sure to have a ‘za’ on the table. Whether you decide to make your own, or pick one up at your local pizzeria, mangia bene!

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If you plan on making your own pizza, here is a simple, easy, and quick pizza dough recipe from Bobby Flay:

Simple Pizza Dough
Yields 2 14-inch pizza crusts
Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients
3¼ to 4 cups floud (bread flour = crispier crust, all-purpose flour = chewier crust)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 envelope instant dry yeast
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1½ cups water, 110°F
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions
1. Mix flour, sugar, yeast and salt in a bowl.
2. While mixing, add water and oil. Beat until a ball of dough forms. (If the dough is sticky, add additional flour one tablespoon at a time. Likewise, if the dough is too dry, add water one tablespoon at a time).
3. Place dough on a lightly floured surface, and knead into a smooth and firm ball.
4. Grease a large bowl with olive oil, and place the dough in bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and place in a warm area for about an hour (or until the dough doubles in size).
5. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface, and divide into two equal pieces. Cover each piece with plastic wrap and let rest for ten minutes.

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When you’re ready to bake your pizza, turn up your oven to 400°F, add your toppings, and cook until crust is golden (about fifteen to twenty minutes – times may vary depending on size of crust and actual oven temperature).

Need some inspiration for what to toss on top? Here are some of my favorites:

Margherita – crushed San Marzano tomatoes (or use fresh tomato sauce), basil leaves, and fresh mozzarella (Bake crust with tomatoes on top, a few minutes before crust is complete, add mozzarella and basil and cook until cheese melts)
Pesto Sausage – pesto sauce, cooked Italian sausage pieces, grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella (Add all toppings to uncooked dough, bake until crust is golden brown)
Bacon and Egg – diced raw bacon or pancetta, egg (1 or 2), olive oil, salt and pepper (Add raw bacon to uncooked dough, bake until the crust is crisp; crack an egg or two onto the crust and top with a drizzle of olive oil, season with salt and pepper to taste and return  to oven until the eggs are set)
Need more inspiration? Check out this list of 50 Easy Pizzas.

What is your favorite type of pizza? Share in the comments section below!

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One thought on “Happiness is a Slice of Pizza

  1. You left out how to spread/roll out the crust. I also use ground cornmeal on pizza pan so crust doesn’t stick. Makes for a crunchy bite. Ideally I form the crust on a peel, and then use a stone to bake the pie.

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