Thursday, February 4, 2010

Herbed Pizza (Freezable)

This pizza was fantastic!! It had a crispy crust and the herbs in the crust added an excellent flavor. I loved that it had directions for freezing...so I have a pizza in the freezer and will have to let you know how that is later...probably soon! Dough:
4 1/2 teaspoons yeast
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 cups hot water
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Mix all ingredients in kitchen aid and let it do the kneading :) Let dough rise 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 500.

Cut dough into 2 pieces. Roll into 2 large pizza circles.

Cook dough on hot pizza stone about 5 minutes or until lightly browned. (one at a time)Some of mine bubbled up and I just kinda pushed the air out.

Let the crust cool for about 10 minutes.

Toppings:
Pizza sauce: I use my canned spag. sauce
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons cornmeal
Toppings of your choice: I used pepperoni, sausage, bacon, olives, onion, green peppers

Top with pizza sauce and cheese. Ending with the herbs and pepper on the very top.

Bake until cheese if melted and lightly browned or freeze for later.

To freeze: Place on cardboard rounds or cookie sheet and flash freeze. When frozen, wrap tightly with plastic wrap.

To bake after freezing, bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

**I also used the method to make pizzas using my regular pizza dough for the kids and topped with their favorite toppings so I could freeze some pizza for them too.



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