I’m sure we are like any other family in the fact that pizza is ALWAYS a hit at our house. We were ordering pizza for delivery at least once a week. Between running from this practice to that meeting or me just not feeling like cooking, it was an easy “out” to feed my family. And don’t get me wrong, I really do like the taste of Domino’s and other pizza chains. BUT, we were spending a TON of money plus I knew with just a few minutes of planning I could make a much healthier option for my family.
The beautiful thing about this pizza crust, outside of the fact that it tastes amazing, is that it only takes 10 minutes to whip up the dough. Seriously, when I say 10 minutes, I mean that’s how long it takes to get everything out, mix it up, put it away and clean it up! And it’s only 6 ingredients! So if your family is anything like mine, that means I can whip up this little gem in the time it takes my kids to get themselves organized and ready to leave the house! Throw it in the fridge and we’re out the door…and now I have a plan for dinner the next night!
You can mix this up by hand or use a stand mixer (which makes it even faster). If you’ve never invested in a stand mixer, and they are an investment, is is DEFINITELY worth the money. This is the ONE item in my kitchen I would probably kill over and was the best present my husband ever gave me!
Throw the dry ingredients in your stand mixer bowl and stir it on low for a few seconds (or by hand if not using the best kitchen item ever!) Add the water and oil and mix until it comes together in a sticky ball.
Typically, I use the dough hook that comes with my mixer but I was in a hurry and the paddle was already in the bowl. It worked just as well as the hook for this dough.
Once you have it all mixed up, lightly oil a separate bowl to store the dough in. Shape the bowl into a round ball, add it to the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. That’s it! You’re done for now. Put the bowl in the fridge and let it sit overnight. It won’t rise much in the fridge and that’s ok. You can actually keep this in your fridge for several days if you need to.
When you get home the next night from work or practice or any of the multitude of things that keep families busy these days, take the dough out of the fridge and let it rest on the counter for one hour. The dough will warm to room temperature and become soft while you preheat the oven to 500 degrees, unpack school bags, kick off your shoes and unwind from a long day.
After an hour, lay out a piece of parchment paper on the counter (well, two actually…one for each pizza). Split the dough into two equal size balls. Roll the dough out on the parchment paper. I find that a more rectangular shape works best for getting it into the oven. I usually roll mine to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. For added flavor, I sprinkle parmesan cheese and a little italian seasoning on the crust before I put the sauce and toppings on.
Top with your favorite sauce and toppings. This is where it gets really fun for the kids too! When we used to order “out”, the only thing they wanted was cheese pizza. When they get to put the toppings on themselves, they choose all kinds of things…green peppers, black olives, turkey pepperoni, chicken and the list goes on and on! I definitely consider this a win!
Another twist on the toppings is to make a breakfast pizza. We used scrambled eggs, bacon, green onions and cheddar cheese on the one below. For the “sauce”, we went with a sausage gravy.
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