Saturday, September 21, 2013


the goods:
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
garlic salt
marinara sauce
mozzarella cheese
sliced green bell pepper
or any other favorites

Pour 1 and 1/2 cups warm water into a bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over the water. Combine the flour and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, drizzle with the olive oil until just incorporated. Gently stir the yeast/water mixture and slowly drizzle into the flour mixture; mix until the dough forms a ball. Drizzle a little olive oil into a clean bowl. Toss the ball of dough into the bowl and turn over to coat in oil. Cover the bowl with a moist kitchen towel and set in a warm place for 1 to 2 hours. 
To prepare the pizza, preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Divide the dough in half. Lightly drizzle olive oil on a rimmed baking sheet. Using your hands, stretch the dough to the desired shape, pressing the dough into the pan with your fingers. The thinner the better! Lay the desired toppings over the dough (or better yet, let your kids do it) and sprinkle edges of crust with garlic salt.  
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until the edges of the crust are golden brown.  

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