Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Thoughts about Pizza

I'm allergic to tomatoes, so I experiment a lot with pizza- without tomatoes.  I've found some great pizza dough recipes.  They are far better than prepared pizza crusts, but honestly not worth it unless you have the time and want to invest the effort.  Some of the absolute best ones involve letting the dough sit from 12 to 24 hours.

Home made pizza dough is drop dead easy to make, but it usually requires factoring some planning into your night.  I like to make it on a night when other things that I'm cooking take time, but not too much attention.  Or I'm likely to be tired the next night.

With home made dough, you can make mini-pizzas that are different for each individual in the family.  This is a great way to prepare a simple cheese pizza for a child, or a more complicated version for an adult.  It also means that you can add meat or vegetables for those that prefer one or the other.  As a cooking note, though- plain cheese will cook faster and brown faster.  Mustn't over bake the pizza for the children!

There are many different white sauces to put on a pizza.  Olive oil and garlic, alfredo sauce, white bean hummus.  The favorite for the children seems to be  Alfredo sauce.

As an extra bonus and planning tip, for homemade pizza make use of leftovers from other dinners.  Leftover chicken is always a win on pizza.  Grilled peppers and onions from another dinner are perfect vegetables!

Tonight was less than 30 minutes, 3 different dinners and lunch for another day.

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