Happy birthday to ME! What better way to kick-off a pre-birthday celebration than with my delicious, healthy home-made pizza! Everyone loves pizza especially when it is made with fresh mozzarella, fresh herbs and home-made dough and sauce.
With the sun shining and the warm breeze, my husband and I decided to relax at home and enjoy the sunset over the east river while making Sunday Night Dinner. The first thing that came to mind for both of us was PIZZA!
My husband’s reasons for pizza: “Its my favorite meal you make.” ” I love when you make pizza because it takes a while so I get to enjoy watching TV.” “I look forward to pizza night because I know once we are done with the first pizza there is always a second one ready to go into the oven”.
My reasons for pizza: “CHEESE & BREAD- my weakness” “It’s my birthday and I will make what I want to.”
I always start with making the sauce as it needs at least 1 hour to simmer. While the sauce is on the stove I start to make my dough.
Sauce Recipe: (with help from my dad!)
In a dutch over saute onion till transparent. Add garlic for 30-45 seconds (be careful not to burn)
Add 1 can of peeled tomatoes (my favorite San Marzano)
1 teaspoon of wine vinegar
1 tablespoon of dried mustard
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
Add any fresh herbs you like (recommendation: oregano, thyme, parsley)
Salt/Pepper for flavor
Simmer for 1 hour with lid
Start with 1/2 cup of warm water and package of yeast with a teaspoon of olive oil to activate the yeast.
3 cups All-Purpose Flour (recommendation: King Arthur All-Purpose Flour)
Mix 1 tablespoon salt into flour with the activated yeast along with a tablespoon of honey.
On a lightly floured surface mix and roll the dough into a ball. Knead it for a few minutes and then set aside in lightly greased bowl and cover to allow the dough to rise (at least 1 hour if not longer).
Preheat oven to 425. Place the pizza pan in the oven for a couple of minutes to warm. Remove and roll out the dough on the pizza pan. For added flavor sprinkle some shredded Parmesan cheese and some oil olive on the dough and put into the oven for a few minutes. Remove and add sauce, cheese, and fresh basil (from my herb garden!). Place back into oven for another few minutes. For the last minute I turn on the Broil setting to crisp up the dough for perfection!
Voila!! Paired with a nice sauvignon blanc and your Sunday Night Dinner is ready to enjoy!
Buon Appetito! Ci vediamo domenica prossima!
(Photo courtesy of my husband. Sunset through wine glass)