#5 - Pizza Friday
Fiday my family loves to eat pizza. I love pizza, the whole world loves pizza. Those Italians gave us some very good things, but this is the best. I remember the early days of my marriage and my husband and I would get the "2fer" pizzas at Little Caesers. I would get a large pepperoni and mushroom and he would get the large combo. I could down a whole pizza by myself but if there was some left it was saved for breakfast. I couldn't understand why I gained so much weight those first years of marriage. Hmmmm.
Well we still have pizza on fridays, but it is a healthier option. Here is the recipe I use for a whole wheat crust, it is so good and doesn't get soggy. I got it from the "Set For Life" book by Jane Merrill and Karen Sunderland
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 T sugar
1 T dry yeast
1/2 t salt
1 cup comfortably hot water
2 T oil
Mix 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Add water. Let stand while preparing dough. Knead 5 minutes; let dough rest 5 minutes. Use a pizza roller to roll dough about 1/4 inch thick on a lightly greased heavy pizza pan or baking sheet. To prevent soggy crust, prebake at 500 degrees for 3 to 4 minutes, just until puffed but not brown. After baking, spread dough with sauce (I use spagetti sauce) and add desired toppings. Bake in a 500 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes for a large pizza or 5 to 7 minutes for a medium or small pizza.
We let the kids put their own toppings, and sometimes divide the dough into personal pizzas, the kids love making thier own pizza and get quite creative. It is a fun family activity that we all look forward to. Remember mozerella cheese has less fat than cheddar, and you can add a smaller amount and still get the flavor. One favorite is ham and pineapple, you can buy lowfat ham lunchmeat and cut it up. Other ideas include lowfat turkey sausage, and I am pretty sure you can get a lower fat version of pepperoni. I love veggie pizzas, and use all the mushrooms, olives, peppers, tomatoes, and pineapple and fresh basil I can fit on it. When my husband and I were in Rome I was amazed at how little cheese they really use on a pizza, the crust was crispy thin, had beautiful bright red tomato sauce, thin slices of ham (which I can't spell right now, but it starts with pro...) peices of fresh basil, sliced roma tomatoes and slices of buffalo motzerella. It was a celestial experience, I will never look at the telestial version pizza hut offers the same way again. Get creative, and enjoy!
Happy Friday! Send me a picture!