Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Homemade Pizza from the garden

Why order out for pizza when with just a little planning, you can have a delicious homemade pizza at home?  This is a basic pizza crust recipe.  You can add garlic salt or herbs to the dough for extra flavor or brush the dough before baking with garlic infused butter.
The sauce is time consuming to make, but if you raise a garden or have the time on your hands, this recipe can be easily converted into a thousand uses.  Anything from pizza sauce to spaghetti to a marinara for cheese ravioli.  It is easily canned to save for future use. 


Pizza Dough
1 C. Warm water
1 tsp. Salt
1 ½ tsp. Yeast
3 C. Flour
Add salt and yeast to warm water.  Add flour and knead until smooth.  Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place until the dough is doubled in size.  Punch the dough down and roll out on floured surface in desired thickness.  Place on pan or pizza stone and top with your favorite pizza sauce and cheese.  Top with sliced tomatoes and bake at 375 for 25 to 45 minutes depending on thickness.  This recipe makes 1 very large pizza or 2 regular pizzas.

Spaghetti Sauce
½ bushel tomatoes juiced
3 lb. Onions, chopped
6 C. green peppers, chopped
½ C. sugar
1 pint Vegetable Oil
42 oz. Tomato paste
6 C. celery, chopped
2 Tbs. Dried oregano
2 Tbs. Garlic powder
1 Tbs. Black pepper
Combine all ingredients in large stockpot.  Cook uncovered on low heat until mixture is just at a simmer for 6 to 8 hours.  Stir frequently to prevent scorching on the bottom.