I have posted non-traditional pizzas but for those of you who prefer a “standard pizza” you’ll love this pizza with Sausage, Red Bell Pepper, mushrooms and extra cheese (this was Tim’s pick). Once you make pizza at home you’ll never want to order take out pizza again! It is ridiculously easy to make, especially if you have a food processor. It literally takes the food processor less than 5 minutes to “make” the pizza dough and then the dough “rests”. What could be easier? The following recipe is a recipe I use for pizza dough using a food processor. I’m sure it can be made by hand as well for those of you who like the “experience” of kneading the dough. I’ve heard so many talk about the love of working the dough with their hands and enjoying it so much. I never found much enjoyment in kneading dough – only icky sticky doughy fingers and hands!
Pizza Dough (Makes 2 large pizzas)
- 1 package dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1-1/4 cups warm water (105-115 degrees F)
- 3-1/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
In a 2-cup liquid measure, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until foamy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Insert dough blade and add flour, salt and 2 teaspoons olive oil.
With machine running on dough speed, pour liquid through small feed tube as fast as flour will absorb it. Process until dough cleans sides of work bowl and forms a ball. Then process for 30 seconds to knead dough. Dough may be slightly sticky. Coat dough evenly with 2 teaspoons olive oil; transfer to a plastic food storage bag and seal the top. Let rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes. While dough is rising, prepare any pizza toppings.
Place dough on lightly floured surface and punch down (this is the fun part). Roll into desired crust size and follow pizza recipe.
To Make the Pizza:
- Brown 1/2 lb sausage and drain fat
- I Red Bell Pepper – Chopped into small pieces
- Mushrooms, sliced thin
- 2 Cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- Pizza Sauce (Homemade or store-bought will work)
Shape your dough, using a pizza pan, creating a small rim around the outside. Spread a small amount of pizza sauce on your dough, followed by the cooked sausage, red bell pepper sliced mushrooms and finally top with mozzarella cheese.
Bake in a pre-heated 425 degree oven for approximately 20 minutes until cheese is lightly browned and bubbly.