Breakfast Pizza Recipe

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

breakfast-pizza-recipeHow to Make a Breakfast Pizza Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Turkey Breakfast Sausage
  • 1 – 8oz. Roll Crescent Rolls
  • 1 1/2 Cups Hash Browns, thawed
  • 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 5 Large Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • 1/4 tsp. Pepper & 1/4 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, finely grated

Preheat Oven to 375° F

While oven is preheating, place sausage in a non-stick skillet. Cook over medium heat until cooked, drain.

Add thawed hash browns and cook until sausage and potatoes start to brown. Remove from heat.

Separate crescent roll dough into 8 triangles. Place in a 12 inch pizza pan that has been lined with aluminum foil, points towards the center. Press together to form crust. (Form a slightly raised edge around outside)

Spoon browned sausage and hash browns over crust. Top with cheddar cheese.

Beat together eggs, milk, salt and pepper; pour over crust. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan.

Bake in preheated oven until eggs are set, about 30 minutes.

Cool a few minutes before slicing. Enjoy with a fresh fruit salad or smoothie.

For the Pizza Lover in You

Friday, August 28th, 2015

pizza-loversFor the Love of Pizza

A Bit of History

There probably is not a person around who does not know what a pizza is and has never tried it.

However, the history of pizza is a little bit unclear. Tradition has it that pizza originated in Naples, Italy, yet some forms of pizza are dated back to ancient Greece.

A well-known baker is supposed to have created the pizza in honor of Queen Margherita using the beautiful colors of the Italian flag of red, green, and white. White being the mozzarella cheese, red being the sauce, and green, of course, the basil.

From there somewhere in the early 1900’s, pizza made its way to the United States most notably through the states of Chicago and New York. In today’s culture, however, pizza is considered to be American fare even though it got its roots in Italy.

vegetarian-pizzaVariety is the Spice of Life

Whereas pizza traditionally started out as cheese, sauce, and dough, today pizza has evolved tremendously.

Pizza is found anywhere from a slice to go on the streets of New York City to sit down cafes that specialize in every topping, ethnic background, and spice.

New York Style Pizza typically has a thinner crust and the best part of making a New York pizza is by tossing the dough through the air and catching on the way down. Patrons never tire of seeing this and relate it to true New York style pizza.

Spicy buffalo chicken and enchilada pizza are popular favorites, along with seafood and vegetarian pizzas for those who are a bit more health conscious.

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Easy Recipe for Pizza Dough

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

pizza-dough-recipeHow to Make Your Own Pizza Dough

If you have ever had the experience of buying frozen pizza dough only to be disappointed when it does not turn out even remotely like pizza dough, then your best bet is to try your hand at making your own.

Making your own pizza dough does not have to be a complicated process. With a few simple ingredients, it can save you time and money and is just as tasty as pizzeria pizza.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of hot water
  • 2 ¼ cups of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of oil (preferably olive oil)
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of yeast
  • ½ tablespoon of salt

homemade-pizza-sauceInstructions:
1. Add yeast and sugar to the hot water and stir. Let this mixture sit until the yeast starts to bubble up. Usually within a few minutes, the mixture will become foamy.

2. Add the oil and salt.

3. Add the flour as you slowly begin to stir the mixture. As you go along, you will begin to notice the mixture thickening. Keep slowly adding flour until the mixture becomes dough like. If the mixture is difficult to stir, stop adding the flour.

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Margherita Pizza Recipe

Saturday, August 8th, 2015
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A Little History and a Recipe for Pizza Margherita

Supposedly, according to the traditional tale of Naples Italy, Pizza Margherita was created by a chef in honor of Queen Margherita using the colors of the Italian flag of red, white, and green.

The red represents the tomato sauce, the white the mozzarella cheese, and the green represents the basil used to top it.

Although Margherita Pizza is well known as originating in Naples, it is truly a symbol of Italy in general.

Certain requirements are necessary to make a traditional Margherita pizza. A certain density of pizza dough and a light, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil along with a wood brick oven or USA Made Pizza Stone for baking. (and an authentic wood pizza peel to help transfer your pizza to the hot oven.)

margherita-pizza-recipeHow to make a Margherita Pizza

Ingredients for Homemade Pizza Dough:

2 cups warm water

2 packages active dry yeast

2 teaspoons sugar

2 tablespoons salt

6 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting (and cornmeal to coat your pizza peel before transfer)

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

By combining the yeast, sugar, and water together it should start to foam within a few minutes. Add salt and flour gradually until the dough starts to form a ball. Add the olive oil. If the dough is sticky and wet, you can gradually add more flour.

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Ideas for Your Next Pizza Party

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

pizzas-at-partyPizza Party for Adults

Many of us are on a budget when it comes to dining out at expensive restaurants.

As a result home dinner parties or taking turns with potlucks on a Friday or Saturday night is resurfacing once again.

A really great and fun way to breathe new life into that idea is by hosting a pizza party for adults where everyone can make and eat their own pizza pies.

Personal Invites

The best way to host an adult pizza making party is to send out invitations. If you need to be frugal, you can use your email for invitations. Make sure to let everyone know that you need them to bring certain pizza recipe ingredients.

Once everyone responds, ask each guest to volunteer or assign him or her specific ingredients. You can supply the dough and the wine for the pizza making party.

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Butternut Squash, Bacon & Rosemary Pizza Recipe

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

phyllo-puff-pastry-dough

Phyllo Dough (Puff Pastry) Pizza Recipe

Note: Omit the bacon for a vegetarian option!

Ingredients:

1 ½ pound butternut squash
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
6 tablespoons unsalted butter; melted and kept warm
10 sheets phyllo dough; stacked between sheets of wax paper and covered with a kitchen towel
9 tablespoons Parmesan cheese; freshly grated
6 slices bacon; cut into 1/2-inch pieces, cooked until crisp, and drained
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves — minced
6 scallion greens; chopped
1 small red onion; sliced thin and separated into pieces

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Gluten Free Veggie Pizza Recipe

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

gluten-free-vegetarian-pizzaGluten-free Veggie Pizza

Makes 2 – 12″ Pizzas

This super easy recipe for a gluten free veggie pizza & whole grain crust will satisfy everyone in your family.

We have served this pizza to guests who enjoyed it even more than pizza crust made with wheat flour and it’s great for those of us who are sensitive to wheat, as well as gluten.

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Pizza Ingredients:

Crust-

  • 1 Pkg Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix (Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Yeast Packet (Included with mix)

Toppings-

  • 6 oz Pizza Sauce (Homemade or Store bought)
  • 3 Cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Small Yellow Summer Squash; sliced
  • 1/2 sweet red pepper; diced
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes; sliced
  • 1/2 cup red onion; diced
  • 1 cup frozen spinach; thawed, drained & chopped
  • Italian Seasoning of your choice
  • Parmesan Cheese (to sprinkle on top)

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Easy Heart Shaped Shrimp Pizza & Crust Recipes

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

homemade-heart-shaped-pizzaIf you love baking homemade pizza but are short on time this Valentine’s our Heart Shaped Shrimp Pizza Recipe is easy and quick to make.

If you don’t mind taking a bit more time cooking pizza for your sweetheart follow the simple pizza dough recipe that follows and add your own favorite toppings.

Though the shrimp seafood pizza and heart-shaped pizza crust recipes are featured for Valentine’s Day, you can make them anytime you want to add a little extra “Love” to your homemade pizza!

Heart Shaped Shrimp Lover’s Pizza: Easy Recipe

Ingredients:

1 large Pizza shell; pre-baked or Foccacia bread
1/3 cup Pizza sauce
1/2 cup Mozzarella or Jack cheese; grated
12 large Shrimp; cooked
1 medium Red Bell Pepper
3 Pieces artichoke hearts; frozen and thawed, sliced
Olive oil
Minced Fresh Basil or Dried Basil

Cooking Directions:

Trim the pizza shell(s) or Foccacia bread into a heart shape, place on wood pizza peel before transferring to a baking stone. Spread pizza sauce on shell just about to the edge.

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What is a Pizza Peel?

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

wood-pizza-peelWhat is a pizza peel and how can it help you bake pizzeria style pizzas?

A pizza peel or pizza paddle, as it’s sometimes referred to, is an authentic Italian tool that professional bakers use to slide the prepared dough into a hot oven for baking.

This popular baker’s tool is also used for removing pizzas, artisan breads, flat-breads and other foods from a baking stone or oven rack.

It’s usually made of wood or sometimes metal and is also called a pizza shovel. Both wooden and metal pizza peels have their own advantages and disadvantages. Wood can burn or warp if not cared for properly; metal is thinner, but may transmit heat easier which may also increase the danger of burns when using to remove the finished pizza from the hot oven.

Transferring pizza dough to the oven is generally easier with a wood peel than a metal one.

pizza-crust-recipe-toppingsSome pizza makers prepare the pizza crust directly on the peel, which is smart if there is limited cooking space. This is also more efficient since it eliminates the extra step of getting the prepared crust onto another surface for transport to the Outdoor Pizza Oven or preheated baking stone.

The surface of both metal and wooden pizza peels should be coated to prevent raw pizza dough from sticking to it. Some cooks substitute cornmeal or semolina (pasta flour) for all-purpose flour because they feel it adds a crispy texture to the crust. Continue Reading »

Best Homemade Pizza Crust |Dough Recipe

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

pizza-crust-recipe-toppingsOur Favorite Whole Wheat Pizza Dough:

Pizza Crust Ingredients:

1 teaspoon white sugar
1 1/2 cup warm water (110°F/45°C)
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt & 1/4 cup corn meal
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Directions for Pizza Dough:

In a large bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water. Sprinkle yeast over the top, and let stand for about 10 minutes, until foamy.

Stir the olive oil and salt into the yeast mixture, then mix in the whole wheat flour and 1 cup of the all-purpose flour until dough starts to come together. Tip dough out onto a surface floured with the remaining all-purpose flour, and knead until all of the flour has been absorbed, and the ball of dough becomes smooth, about 10 minutes. Continue Reading »