Saturday, October 17, 2009

Success (Finally!): Homemade Pizza

I've been on a mission to make a successful homemade pizza for awhile now, with little success. Every time I've attempted to make pizza a'la Mindy, the results have not justified the time, effort, and money spent. I've used prepared crusts, jiffy crusts, and various dough recipes, all to no avail.

I did a little blog hopping this week, starting at Happily Domestic and linking to Menu Plan Monday at http://orgjunkie.com/". Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie had a bread machine pizza dough recipe on her site and I decided to try it and then top it with my own selection of ingredients.

I used this delicious dough recipe: Bread Maker Pizza Dough and my bread machine did all of the work. I pulled it out of the bread machine and can't tell you how relived I was when it had the perfect elasticity and was not sticky (the usual results of my previous attempts). Then I simply rolled it into a circle slightly larger than my pizza pan, put the pan over it, flipped everything over, crimped up the sides to create a crust, then lightly brushed some olive oil over the raised crusts.
Then, I added the following:
Ranch Dressing (Maybe 1/2 Cup - spread as you would pizza sauce)
Red Onion and Mushrooms (cooked in oil on stovetop for about 5 minutes)

16 ounces shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1/4 to 1/2 cup shredded Colby Jack Cheese

Canned Artichokes (cut into small pieces)
2 Chicken Breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces (cooked in olive oil on stovetop with Italian Seasoning until cooked through and browned)

I cooked it in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes and got this:






3 comments:

Laura said...

Wow your pizza sounds and looks delicious!! So glad the crust worked out for you, yay!!

Laura

Photographer: Rebecca Pierce said...

Mmmmmmm. Thanks for the tips! I love homemade pizza!

Chelle said...

Yum - that looks so amazing! I tried my hand at making a homemade whole wheat pizza crust (yeast had always been my mortal enemy), and it actually turned out pretty well(http://davenchelle.blogspot.com/2008/05/diy-cpks-bbq-chicken-pizza.html). The only problem is that I forgot to post (AND save) the recipe. Sad day. :(