Tonight we made pizza for dinner and I must say it was a lot of fun. I call this Hungry Man’s Pizza because we put lots of ingredients on this pizza from bacon to capers and boy did it turn beautiful and so yum yum. I made the dough from scratch and the dough recipe that follows makes dough for 2 pizzas, so I only made one tonight and put the other half of the dough in the freezer to make at a later time. Now don’t be afraid to make pizza dough, it’s super easy.
I started out by pouring the yeast over a cup and a half o warm water.
In the mean time, I placed 4 cups of flour and a tsp of salt in the bowl of my mixer and mixed it a bit.
Next I added 1/3 cup of olive oil to the flour mixture.
Mix the oil and flour mixture for a minute or so then add the yeast water.
The dough should be elastic and should look like in the picture below:
Shape the dough in a ball.
Rub some olive oil all over the dough and place it in a bowl.
Place a plastic wrap over the dough and place in the fridge and let it rest.
While the pizza dough is resting in the fridge, I get the rest of the ingredients ready for the pizza. First I cut up some cherry tomatoes in halves.
So my husband did the shopping for this and I asked him to get some mushrooms for the pizza and he got shiitake mushrooms, so I’ve never made pizza with shiitake mushrooms but they were really really delicious on the pizza.
My favorite ingredient in this pizza, of course, is the bacon, doesn’t it look yummy
Next come the olives. We love Kalamata olives and funny story here, my husband wanted to cut up the olives himself, because he didn’t like the way I cut them last time. Now these olives have the pits in them, so you have to remove the pits and then slice them up, so a pretty tedious job. So my husband starts pitting the olives and slices them up, and sure enough after about 5 or 6 olives he’s had enough so he decides to put the rest of the olives on the pizza as whole. Of course I didn’t say anything.
Bacon gets chopped next…mmmm
We also put capers on this pizza.
Now the fun part begins. We assemble the pizza. But first I’m using this aluminum pizza pan so I put some olive oil on it so the pizza won’t stick to the bottom.
Here’s what the pizza dough looked like when I took it out of the fridge, it doubled in size, and this was only in less than half hour.
And now we had some fun stretching out the dough, you can also roll it with a rolling pin, or do it like the pros. I’m no pro, so I used a rolling pin. I also rubbed a bit more olive oil on the pizza….for flavor?
Spread your favorite pizza sauce on the pizza, or you could make your own, but I just used some stored bought pizza sauce.
Next spread the cheese, I’m just using plain mozzarella cheese here, so feel free to use as much as you want.
And here, my beautiful dog was smelling the bacon and she was trying to get up on the island to get closer to it and maybe, just maybe a piece would fall her way. Isn’t she cute.
Anyway, after all the ingredients are on the pizza this is what my gorgeous pizza looked like..
To give you a better idea, here you go:
Yum, eh? And now….drum roll please…the final product….
And now for the recipe: