While there are some great dough recipes out there, I've fallen hard for the convenience and quickness that accompanies Fleischmann's Pizza Crust Yeast. No waiting for dough to rise, minimal kneading, and no snap-back when you try to spread the dough in the pan. And all you add is flour, salt, water, and olive oil. Seriously simple.
So you've made the dough. Now what about goes on top? I like sauce on my pizza, and the more of it the better. You can make your own quick batch OR you can always buy a jar of pre-made pizza sauce in the pasta sauce aisle at the grocery store. Or you can even forgo the sauce if you're in the mood for white pizza.
It may sound boring to you, but my favorite pizza is the Pizza Margherita: Good quality tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, a grating of fresh Parmesan, and a sprinkle of fresh basil. If you're like my sweetheart, you prefer at least SOME meat on your pizza. (He's a bacon and black olives kind of guy.)
|Bacon + black olives + mozzarella + basil|
|Prosciutto bacon + part-skim ricotta + Pecorino + basil|
|Bacon (I'm noticing a trend here) + fresh mozzarella + basil + Pecorino|
|Prosciuotto bacon + Pecorino + part-skim ricotta + heirloom tomatoes|
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Tear thinly sliced prosciutto into small pieces and place on a baking sheet. Brush each piece lightly with olive oil. Place prosciutto in oven and watching closely bake until deep golden brown and crisp. This takes about 7 minutes. Rotate halfway through.
Let cool. Now you have fancy bacon to put on pizza, salads, anything!
Follow directions on the yeast packet. Add any toppings you desire. Bake. Be happy!
Here are some interesting combinations worth trying:
Prosciutto + White beans + Red onion + Rosemary
Broccoli + Pesto + Red pepper + Mozzarella
Blue/Purple Potatoes + Asparagus + Goat cheese + Parmesan
All this writing about pizza is making me want to throw a pizza party! How fun to have guests make individual pizza pies. Have them bring the toppings, you supply sauces and dough. Sounds like an event in the making... Let me know if you want an invite ;-)