Cheap Eats: Homemade Pizza!

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When I was a little girl, we always looked forward to the few times Mom made homemade pizza.  It was a real treat and much heartier than picking it up from a pizza place.  When I was older, I asked for the recipe — and I was surprised at how simple and easy it was to make my own pizza.  The cost is less than a Little Caesar’s $5 special!  If you keep yeast in the house, a pizza in at home is a great way to use up a few spare veggies and partial bag of grated cheese as well.

Dough:  2 1/2 cups of flour, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 cup of very hot (but not boiling) water, 1 packet of yeast, bit of olive oil for spreading dough

Directions:  Put the packet of yeast into the cup of hot water and let it sit.  Meanwhile add the flour, sugar and salt together.  When the yeast is ready (usually about 10 minutes), pour the yeast water into the dry ingredients.  Mix thoroughly.

Oil your pizza pan (or stone) with a bit of olive oil and plop the dough onto the pan.  This part is very messy.  Push the dough out with your hands until it’s at the thickness you want it to be.  You might need to sprinkle flour on the dough periodically if it feels too sticky.  It’s ready when it has a bit of a sheen to it and it feels silky under your hands.

Now, sauce it up with a can of tomato sauce and add whatever toppings you had planned. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the whole thing, pop in oven and bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Variations:  I dice up garlic and put it in the dough as well as other dried herbs.  You can also use various sorts of flour, it just makes a “chewier” pizza.  My personal favorite is either just plain cheese or cheese and finely diced mushrooms.  Yum!  I serve it with a side salad.

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