Saturday, January 31, 2009

Super Bowl Frugal Snack -- Make Your Own Pizza


Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday! I thought it would be fun to post this easy (and very frugal) recipe. Our family enjoys making homemade pizza together so much that we hardly ever order delivery anymore. A bread machine takes all of the labor out of kneading the dough, and I have frequently seen bread machines at thrift shops or yard sales for about $10. With a baby in the house, I find the bread machine to be a huge time saver.  



To your bread machine, add the following ingredients in this order (Makes 1 large or 2 medium pizzas):

1 1/3 cups Water 80-90 degrees F
1 tsp. Salt   
2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 Cups Bread Flour
2 1/4 tsp. (or 1 packet) Yeast - active dry, instant, or bread machine

Set your bread machine to the dough setting, and start.  It will probably take about 1 hour 45 minutes to knead, rise, knead, etc. Once it is done, roll out the dough on a pizza pan or baking sheet using corn meal under the dough to prevent the dough from sticking to the pan. Roll out to desired thickness, and add toppings (pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, peppers, onions, etc.) Bake in a 450 degree oven for 6-7 minutes, checking often to make sure the bottom of the crust does not start to burn.

Does your family ever make homemade pizza? I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment and share your stories with us!

6 comments:

Jobina said...

I just started reading this blog recently and LOVE it!
We have Pizza and a movie Fridays. I make homemade pizza and we get a family movie for free from the library. The kids love it and it hardly costs a thing! Plus, it's a great treat at the end of the school week!

tupelodeals.blogspot.com said...

Oh, that looks sooooooo good!

Penny
http://tupelodeals.blogspot.com

MaryAnne said...

My mom always made pizza growing up, I used to but haven't recently. Thanks for the reminder, I should start doing this again!

Do you make your own sauce?

Valerie Deneen said...

Jobina, I am so happy to hear that!

Thank you, Penny! It was so easy to make, and I hope you give it a try too.

MaryAnne, I have made my own sauce in the past. For this recipe, I usually use a jarred sauce -- whatever is on sale. I am hoping to make my own again when we get some home-grown tomatoes in the spring/summer. :-)

Your comments have made my day!

Jennifer said...

Oh my goodness! That looks delicious!!!!! I have to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing!

Lawrence said...

We've always been a fan of making our own pizza. We usually turn it into a group event and have a great time!

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