Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Homemade Pizza

The other night I made a pizza for supper. At night, I mostly serve leftovers when I have a crew, which works well when I have something like Lasagna for dinner, but not so well, when I make something like chicken fried steak. So I keep a few different recipes handy for simple suppers and last night's pizza was a big hit.

I added sausage, pepperoni, a few tablespoon of red onion, cheese, and of course, some jalapenos!
The crust was a little thicker than DH and I like it, but that's easily remedied by using only half of the dough to make 1 pizza. My dough recipe is from King Arthur Flour and you can find it HERE. I've never frozen it, but it says that it freezes well.

I probably could have let the crust brown a little more, but we were hungry and it was crisp on the outside and not doughy on the inside so it was good.

I fix it in my large 15" cast iron skillet. I love that skillet! The pizza slips right out of the pan when you are ready to cut it. Its hard to beat a cast iron skillet.

 I could do an entire post on my love for cast iron. One of these days I would love to have a pot rack hanging from the ceiling with my cast iron. It would free up so much cabinet space, but I don't have a place for one here and I am afraid that it might cave the ceiling in. Cast iron raining down on your head would not be a good thing. ;) In these old ranch houses (which I love) nothing is as easy as it looks. Small jobs always end of becoming big jobs because you're always having to fix things that were not built right in the first place. DH is incredibly handy and if I had the space, if he built one, the rest of the house would come down before the pot rack would. :)

 Here is my pizza sauce recipe. It's from Taste of Home.

Pizza Sauce

2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce - or canned from your garden
1 (12 oz) can tomato paste
1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
1 Tbsp dried Oregano
1 tsp Fennel Seed, crushed
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Garlic Powder - I use granulated garlic
1/2 tsp Salt

*In a large saucepan, over medium heat, combine the tomato sauce and paste. Add remaining ingredients, mixing well. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hr. Cool. Freezes well.

I maybe put 1/3 of the sauce on our pizza the other night, but the nice thing about homemade pizza - besides the fact that it tastes amazing - is that you can customize it and make the perfect pizza for you!


Dorian said...

Your pizza looks good. I love my cast iron too! Do you pop the pizza in the oven to cook? or do you cook it on the stovetop?

Vickie said...

I've been going through your blog printing all your good recipes, thank you !

Nancy said...

Cast iron is by far the best cookware! I have several items - some of it I inherited from my mother. Love it!

Pauline said...

Your recipes are incredible! Cast iron is my choice too! I never thought to use it for pizza, will surely try it soon. Wish I could put a picture of how I've hung mine in this post. I found the neatest red hooks that work great. There just wasn't enough room in the cabinets.

Shelljo said...

Now I never thought of using cast iron for pizza! But then again, I don't have a 15" pan! I have a 24", but it's out in the camper, and too big for my stove. You've given me ideas though!

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

I make homemade pizza fairly often. Ever since getting a wooden pizza bat and a metal pizza bat it's been so much easier getting them in and out of the oven. Yours looks delish!

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