JJ’s Picasso Pizza

One of my favorite things to make for my daughter is pizza! We love pizza in my family and making them at home can be lots of fun. The dough becomes a blank canvas and the end results are your very own delicious works of art. Now,being the obsessed foodie that I am, I had to come up with the perfect dough. The store bought versions were not cutting it. But, the dough had to be simple enough to throw together the day we wanted pizza. I researched a few different recipes and tested them out. I came up with my own little version that works beautifully and is quite delicious! This dough takes a few hours to rise so you can make it early and come back to it when it’s time to make pizza. I use all different kinds of toppings and sauces for my pizzas. My favorite sauce is a white sauce but people who’ve had my pizza fell in love with my tomato sauce. It’s nothing fancy but it will slow dance with your taste buds leaving you drooling for more!

Ingredients:

JJ's Picasso Pizza

Dough-

  • 2 cups Bread Flour
  • 1 tbs Sugar
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Instant Yeast
  • 1 tbs Olive Oil
  • 3/4 cup Warm Water

Directions for preparing dough:

  1. using a standing mixer; place 1 cup of flour in bowl, add sugar, salt, garlic powder and instant yeast. pour in remaining flour and olive oil. fit mixer with paddle attachment. turn on low speed, slowly pour in warm water until dough comes together forming a ball. (you may not use all the water)
  2. remove paddle, coat dough hook with oil and attach to mixer. knead dough for 15 minutes on medium speed. tear a piece of dough off and flatten into a disc. stretch the dough until thin if it doesn’t tear it’s ready. if it tears knead 5-10 minutes more. (don’t be discouraged. this is never an exact science.)
  3. roll dough into a smooth ball on countertop. place in a glass or stainless steel bowl, add a little olive oil and mix dough around covering in oil. cover with plastic wrap and let rise at least 2 hours, in a cool spot. you can make it a day ahead and let it rise overnight in fridge.
  4. After dough has risen: cut dough in half with knife. flatten dough into a disk and fold under into a ball. repeat with other half. cover balls with a tea towel and let rest for 30 minutes. Now is the time to prep toppings for pizza. Preheat oven to 450…

JJ’s Pizza Sauce:

  • 3 tbs tomato paste
  • 1 15 0z can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • about a 1/4 cup chicken stock (for thinning sauce)
  • Toppings: smoked provolone, mozzarella, parmesean cheese. fresh garlic and onion. green olives, sun dried tomato sausage and turkey pepperoni
  1. pour fire roasted tomatoes into a small sauce pot. heat over medium low heat. add in tomato paste and oregano. season with a little salt & pepper. give it a stir, if sauce is thick thin with a little stock. cover and simmer while you get pizza toppings ready.
  2. grate cheese. slice olives, thinly slice sausage, dice onion and chop garlic.
  3. Back to dough: dust counter with flour. flatten dough out using hands (or rolling pin) form a lip around edge of dough. stretch dough rotating all around. until you have a thin round pizza dough. repeat with other half.

I use a pizza stone on the very bottom rack of my oven closest to the heat. If you don’t have a pizza stone place dough directly on cookie sheet add toppings and place in oven. If using a pizza stone….

6.  lightly flour pizza peel, gently transfer dough to peel. lightly shake peel to make sure dough doesn’t stick. quickly add toppings and slide pizza onto pizza stone. repeat with other pizza dough.

7.  bake for about 15 minutes until cheese is bubbly and golden brown.

Remove pizza and let it rest 5 minutes before slicing.

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