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  • Writer's pictureRhonda Morrison

Throw a family friendly pizza party in your own kitchen

Updated: Apr 9, 2020

Read on to find a Pizza Dough recipe and a Pizza Sauce recipe below. #pizzafromscratch #youcandoit #familyfun

Everybody loves a pizza party. Making pizza from scratch is a great family activity. Kids perk up whenever they hear that pizza is for dinner and perk up even more when they get to play with the dough. I have a few tricks that will make your pizza party a huge success.

Great pizza starts with the crust. I enjoy making my own crust from scratch. Yeast, water, olive oil, salt, and flour are the ingredients I use to make my dough. To have the best rise, I proof the dough in a warm oven. Rubbing olive oil on hands and the dough makes handling easier before kneading and rolling.

You can roll pizza dough into any shape your heart desires.

The time spent waiting on the dough to rise is a great opportunity to precook meats and vegetables. I sauté or grill onions, peppers, and mushrooms. Browned hamburger, sausage, and shredded chicken are all fabulous toppings. Since toppings are used sparingly, this is a great way to utilize the leftovers from taco or pasta night.

You can roll pizza dough into any shape your heart desires. I use a round pizza stone for baking thus my pizza is typically round. I have also made pizza directly on a grill. I find that a rectangle works best for grilling pizza.

I am more partial to a thin crust while my boys like a thicker fluffy crust. The same dough recipe can satisfy both thin and fluffy. Docking the dough is when the dough is pierced all over after rolling it into the desired shape. The holes in the dough allow the air to fluff up the dough during baking.

Transferring rolled pizza dough can get a little tricky. I roll my dough around a floured rolling pin then unroll it onto a rimless baking sheet or pizza peel coated in cornmeal. Now my dough is ready for all my favorite toppings. And the cornmeal allows the pizza to slide off into the oven, on a hot stone, or on the grill with ease.

Every pizza needs a great sauce. My sauce is quick, easy, and scrumptious. Using a food processor to blend fresh herbs and canned tomato takes minutes. This sauce goes well with hearty meats or delicate seafood.

Use all of these tips and two simple recipes to have pizza night from your own kitchen. Encourage the kids to play along for an instant party.

Pizza Dough 2 ½ cups flour, plus more for kneading 1 tsp. kosher salt 1 ¼ cup hot water 2 ½ tsp. quick-rise yeast 2 tbsp. olive oil

Mix yeast and hot water together. Allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. Combine flour and salt. If using a dough hook attachment on a stand mixer, place flour and salt in the bowl. Turn mixer on low. Add in oil then slowly pour in yeast water. Mix on low for 3 minutes. If by hand, use fingers to whisk in oil then water kneading for three minutes to combine. Coat the outside of the dough with olive oil and place dough in a bowl covered with plastic wrap. Allow rising one to two hours until doubled in size. Place dough on a floured surface. Knead dough until a knot forms in the center of the dough adding more flour as needed. Roll dough into the desired shape. Makes 2 large or 4 individual pizzas. Preheat oven to 500. Top pizzas and bake in the middle of the oven on a baking sheet or stone for 12 to 15 minutes.

On a grill, coat rolled dough in olive oil. Grill on one side on medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Flip the dough over and add toppings. Cover grill for 5 minutes more or until toppings is set. Pizza Sauce 28 oz. San Marzano tomatoes in puree 6 oz. tomato paste 4 to 6 cloves garlic, peeled ¼ cup loosely packed oregano leaves Salt and pepper to taste Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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