when you don't feel like cooking, the temptation to run down to the local pizza place is strong. however, making homemade pizza is easy and so much more delicious than any pizza from the local pizza joint. if you get creative, you can probably use the ingredients you have in the fridge and not even have to go to the grocery store.
|potato slices, chicken, mozarella, prima donna cheese|
250ml (1 cup) warm water
1/2 package of yeast (half a cube of fresh yeast is what i use, but dry is fine too)
1 squeeze of runny honey
1 tsp. salt
2 T olive oil
3 C flour (you may need a bit more if the dough is too wet)
mix the warm water, yeast and honey in the mixer bowl and let them sit for 5 minutes 'til the yeast begins to bubble. add the salt, olive oil and flour and allow the mixer to knead it for you (or mix it well and knead it for a few minutes if you don't have a mixer with a dough hook). place it in a large bowl, greased with olive oil and allow it to rise in a warm spot while you prepare the toppings. it's enough for two crusts.
for all: 3 kinds of cheese - 1 ball of fresh mozzarella, sliced, freshly-grated parmesan, grated prima donna (or whatever cheese you have on hand)
olive oil & garlic base:
3 T good olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, minced
mix the olive oil & minced garlic in a bowl, spread it over the crust. top with cheese. you can also add leftover chicken if you have some. a couple of thinly-sliced potatoes are good too. or maybe carmelized onions.
tomato sauce base:
the quick version: keep a jar of good quality tomato/pasta sauce on hand (ours is called dolmio). (i know this goes against our own "what is not a domestic sensualist" philosophy, but sometimes, it's needed.)
sliced tomato + cheese (the classic margarita)
keep a jar or tub of good quality pesto on hand for those don't-want-to-cook days. but pesto is also easy and can even be made of arugula, pine nuts and a dash of olive oil in the food processor in a hurry. but sometimes, you don't have basil or fresh arugula at hand, so a jar of it is fine.
ideal topped with leftover chicken or leftover flank steak and a few fresh veggies - peppers, mushrooms, eggplant.
bake for 20+ minutes in a 180°C/350°F oven, 'til the crust is crispy. eat immediately.
|not the best pic, but it was getting a bit dark.|
get as fancy and creative as you want with the toppings, but the simpler the better. and don't be afraid to use up leftovers as toppings.