Sunday, May 3, 2009

Family Night Pizza Recipe

When we have our weekly Family Night, we almost always make homemade pizza (the other default is taco party... letting the kids assemble their own tacos at the table). Homemade pizza is fun, because we can either make one big pie, or several small ones, and can change the toppings around as we feel like it! Oh, I love versatilty. So... here is the recipe for quick and easy homemade pizza crust. This is a no rise pizza crust... yes you read that correctly... no rising... no need to start thinking about dinner in the early afternoon (who has time for that, anyway?)... no getting to 5pm and thinking, "oh no! I forgot to make the pizza dough, we'll have to order out!"

1T (or 1 packet) yeast
1 T sugar or honey (we use our yummy raw honey from the farmer's market)
1 C warm water
2 1/2 C flour
1 T olive oil
1 tsp salt

In a medium mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar or honey in the cup of warm water. Wait until the whole mix is frothy and bubbly, about 10 minutes. This step is otherwise know as "proofing the yeast."
Add remaining ingredients, and mix with your hands until it forms a ball. Dough will be somewhat sticky. Knead for about 5 minutes (this is a great job for the kids).
Let the dough rest in the mixing bowl while you assemble the stuff to top the pizza, about 5 minutes.
Sprinkle a baking stone (it really does taste better cooked on a pizza stone, but you can use a baking sheet if that's whatcha got) with cornmeal, and roll out the dough. Drizzle the top of the dough with additional olive oil before adding toppings.
Add desired sauce/cheese/topping combo and bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for around 15 minutes.

NOTE: This recipe comes out really well with whole wheat flour. You can substitute some or all of the white flour for whole wheat. For each cup of whole wheat flour, add about a tablespoon of water to the dough before kneading. And don't skip the drizzling the top with olive oil.

Favorite toppings at the Owl Nest:
shredded barbecue chicken and sliced shallots
riccota cheese dropped on in big blobs
canadian bacon
whole cloves of garlic (they roast right on the pizza and cook up super soft and mellow... yum!)
leaves of fresh spinach
sliced baby portabella mushrooms

Buon Appetito!


  1. We know you're not a Native when you call a pizza a "pie". I'll have to try this recipe.

  2. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I've been trying different pizza dough recipes and haven't really found one I like yet. I am looking forward to trying this one...maybe next week! We, too, have a weekly family night and eat pizza! :)

  3. Thanks for sharing! We are huge fans of homemade pizza too. I can't wait to try some of your topping combos!

  4. Thanks for posting this recipe! I've been wanting to make our own, but just haven't felt inspired. I have been picking up "homemade" crusts from our local meat-market so we could put our own toppings on. I'm inspired now, and plan to try it out this week - Fun!

  5. We tried the crust was delicious! And soooo easy to make! Thank you again for sharing the recipe.
    P.S. We just had sauce and cheese on our pizza and topped it with fresh chives and basil from the garden. So yummy! :)

  6. Glad you liked it! If you've got fresh basil from the garden, you should totally try this recipe:

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