Why is this called Popular Pizza? Because it’s easy, delicious and your family will love you for making it. In fact, they may never want you to buy a pizza again!
To go with your homemade pizza is a special pizza sauce you will see in this post, created by my sister. The flavors of her sauce blend perfectly, in fact, I always make extra and to keep on hand in the freezer.
Calzone anyone? This popular pizza dough recipe is the same one I use for a calzone. You can make two 12″ pizzas with one batch of the dough or two large calzones.
Popular Pizza Makes 2 -12″ pizzas
1 pkg yeast ~ corn-free
3-4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups very hot water
1/2 tsp salt
Cornmeal to coat pizza pans ~ corn-free diets lightly grease pans or bake on silicone liners.
In a large mixing bowl, pour in hot water and sprinkle yeast over top. Let sit for a minute or two then gently stir to combine.
Add in the salt and 2 cups of the flour. Mix well.
Add additional cups of flour as you continue to stir. As the dough becomes too thick to stir, dump out and start kneading on a floured surface. Add more flour if the dough sticks to the surface.
Knead about 5 minutes adding flour as needed to prevent stickiness. The dough should be nice and smooth.
Place dough into a large mixing bowl sprayed lightly with a non-stick spray.
Cover with a dry dishtowel and let sit for one hour away from any draft.
Meanwhile, prepare all the ingredients you plan on using on your pizzas, and prepare the pizza sauce. We make a meat pizza, vegetarian, and vegan.
Some topping ideas:
Lean ground beef or turkey
Leftover chicken breast
Ham ~ deli or random leftovers
Pepperoni – I like to cut the pepperoni in half
Italian sausage, cooked
Seasoned tofu ~leftover bacon tofu
Peppers – diced or sliced
Onions diced or sliced
Olives – sliced
Fresh mushrooms – sliced
Cheese – mozzarella ~ Daiya Cheese alternative or Follow Your Heart Mozzarella Shreds for Vegan pizza
1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
2 tsp oregano leaves
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp black pepper
Mix all ingredients together in a small dish. Let sit until ready to use.
Preheat Oven to 400.
When the dough has doubled in size, about an hour later. Punch down and turn out onto a floured surface.
Divide in half and roll out one half at a time flipping the dough over often to prevent sticking, add flour to the surface as needed. Roll out dough to the desired size, about 12″ circle or square. It will seem thin, but don’t worry.
Place rolled out dough onto a pizza pan or cookie sheet sprinkled heavily with cornmeal. The cornmeal prevents sticking and adds something extra to the pizza.
Place in oven to pre-cook for 3-5 minutes. If any bubbles form pop them and gently push the dough down. Remove baked crust from the oven and let sit for a couple of minutes to cool down.
Add the desired amount of sauce over pre-cooked pizza crust, then cheese and remaining toppings. We like to end with a sprinkle of cheese over top to help hold the toppings in place.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and toppings are thoroughly cooked.
Cut in slices and enjoy your amazing pizza!
For a Vegan Pizza top with a cheese substitute like Follow Your Heart Mozzarella Shreds or Daiya Cheese Alternative. Peppers, mushrooms, and onions for example. We also freeze left-over baked tofu and cut it into small pieces for a vegan pizza…it’s awesome!
Have fun making your pizza. We have had parties (adults and kids) where everyone gets a pre-cooked pizza crust and then adds the toppings they like. People can then share or eat their own. You can even make kid-size crusts by dividing the dough in fourths.
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