Hail to the Cheese! A Presidential Pizza Party
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Apparently President-Elect Obama likes his pizza. Of course, who doesn't? It's one of the great American ... Italian... well, it's a really great food. If you're going to let your kids stay home and watch the inauguration on Tuesday there's no better way to celebrate this historic, and uniquely American, event than to have a Make Your Own Pizza party. It's so easy and much better than ordering out and it's my family's favorite meal.
All you do is make up a bunch of dough (really easy), lay out different toppings, and have each person go through and put on their pizza just what they want. You can have fresh, homemade pizza out of the oven in under an hour. We like to use traditional toppings like sausage and pepperoni but also enjoy different options like shrimp, carrots, or bacon and using pesto instead of a traditional sauce. Experiment, try something new.
Watch the video or follow the recipe below and celebrate the amazing transition of power of the most powerful country in the world, from one man to another, without a shot being fired. A very rare occurrence in the history of the human race. God bless America.
You can find part two here; shopping list and full recipe are after the jump.
All Purpose Flour - at least 5 cups
1 jar pasta sauce, i.e. Ragu, Prego...
large bag of mozzarella cheese
pepperoni, sausage, onions, various toppings
2 packets of active dry yeast (5 teaspoons)
a little salt and sugar
Measure 1 1/2 cup of warm water, add yeast and stir. Set aside.
In large bowl combine 4 cups flour, spoonful of salt, spoonful of sugar, 2 spoonfuls of olive oil. Stir. Add yeast and water mixture and stir with fork until combined. Dump dough out on clean counter top. Knead by folding over and pushing down dough for 10 minutes. (see video) If it's too sticky add more flour. Place dough back in bowl, cover with a paper towel and set aside for 30 minutes. (15 minutes if quickrise yeast was used.) Take desired amount of dough and roll out on parchment paper covered cookie sheet or pizza stone. Sprinkle with salt, spoon on pasta sauce, add cheese and toppings. Cook on bottom rack at 450 degrees until cheese starts to brown around edges, about 6 minutes. Cut and serve.
Makes about 4 to 5 pizzas.
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.