Last night was pizza night. Most people wait until Friday, but that’s a rule I’ll never follow. Remember the copy cat Pizza Hut pizza recipe I tried out? Well it turned out so perfect that I wanted to try it again, but this time with healthier ingredients. And it worked out great!
(these were the photos I used in my older post, so ignore the vegetable oil and white flour)
-In a large mixing bowl add: yeast, sugar, salt, and dry milk.
-Add water and stir to combine well and let the mixture sit for a couple minutes.
-Add olive oil and combine.
-Stir in the four cups of flour until a dough forms.
-Don’t be afraid to ditch the spoon and use your hands.
-Now that the dough has been formed, get ready to knead!
-Spread a little flour across your counter top. Place the dough on top and knead for about ten minutes. Kneading adds strength to the dough and makes it easier to roll out by stretching the gluten strands making it elastic-y.
-Kneading the dough basically involves pressing down, folding over, and stretching the dough with the heel of your hand over and over again. After the dough is kneaded, it should be nice and smooth.
-Roll the dough out with a rolling pin. Add a layer of olive oil to a baking pan and place the rolled out dough on top. Cover the dough and let it rise in a heated warm area for 1 1/2 hours.
While the dough is rising, prepare the toppings.
-I like to sauté my peppers and onions before adding them to the pizza in a pan.
-I also like to use real fresh mozzarella instead of the shredded packaged cheese. It makes a huge difference.
-For this pizza, I used ground turkey sausage, sautéed onions and peppers.
After the dough rises, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Add the sauce and the toppings to the pizza.
I sprayed the edges of the pizza with cooking spray to keep them crisp!
Bake for about 25-28 minutes. Feel the center to determine if it’s fully cooked.
Take the pizza out and let it cool before eating!
There was a lot of pizza left over, so this recipe will feed a ton! I’ll be enjoying this throughout the week
Pizza is best served with a glass of wine (if you're 21 and over)