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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Deep Dish Pizza

Homemade pizza just can't be beat for taste, and is very healthy for you, especially if you grind your own grains just before using.  Instead of ordering out for pizza and eating refined white flour, spend a little extra time on family night and create a family tradition in your home.

Deep Dish Pizza

3 1/2 cups organic all purpose flour (half pastry flour (soft white wheat) and half hard white wheat)
1 tbsp. organic olive oil
1 1/3 cup warm water
1 pkg. active dry yeast, or 1 1/2 tsp. instant yeast
 2 tsp. organic evaporated cane sugar
1 1/2 tsp. Celtic fine ground sea salt

If using active dry yeast, mix yeast, water and sugar in a large bowl.  Let sit while measuring out the rest of teh ingredients. (about 2 to 3 minutes) If using instant yeast, mix all dry ingredients together into a large bowl, and add water and olive oil, or add the proofed yeast mixture and olive oil into the dry ingredients. Make into a ball, add or decrease water or flour as needed to create a soft ball. (Too sticky is better than dry.)  Knead on floured surface for a minute or so.  Wash and dry bowl, and grease the bowl with a tablespoon of olive oil.  Put dough in bowl, turning to coat all sides of the dough with oil.  Cover with a damp tea towel, and let raise until double.  Punch down and press into lightly greased skillet or deep dish pan, pressing dough up the sides of the pan. Spread with pizza sauce and a light layer of grated mozzarella cheese. Add veggies and meats, and cover with cheese mixture given below.  Put in hot oven (500 degrees) for about 10 to 12 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned and bubbly.  Putting lots of veggies on may increase baking time. When pizza is done, brush butter on edges of pizza dough. 

Pizza Sauce

1 (15 ounce) can organic tomato sauce
1 (6 ounce) can organic tomato paste
1 tablespoon ground oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic
1 teaspoon ground paprika
sea salt and pepper to taste

Mix together and let set to incorporate flavors while making pizza dough. spread on top of pizza dough in pan.

Cheese mixture for one Pizza

2 cups grated mozzarella
1 cup grated raw white cheddar cheese
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp. organic dried parsley

Mix together in a bowl and sprinkle over veggies and meats on pizza dough.

Toppings (suggestions)

Fresh sliced mushrooms, sliced black olives, sliced red onion, sliced green bell pepper, cooked Italian sausage, pepperoni (Hormel Natural Choice has some without nitrates or nitrites and from animals that haven't received antibiotics or hormones.) dry salami (Hormel natural choice again) Canadian bacon, pineapple chunks, etc.

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