The kid has always loved pizza. He has phases of what is his go-to meal, and lately it has definitely been pizza. Ask him what is for dinner, and he’ll probably look confused and say “You know I ALWAYS have pizza”.
When we get into the pizza zone I prepare by having dough, sauce, and a variety of toppings ready to go. Sometimes I’ll pre-cook dough, and that makes it even faster. Some of the favorite toppings are tofu (cooked or fresh out the package), olives, kale, and peppers. It seems like almost everything has made an appearance on his pizzas at some point. Carrots, cucumbers, beans, tomatoes, mangos, nuts, pineapple…anything goes.
Most often we do a quick cook in a pan on the stove top. I divide the dough into portions equivalent to about 2 slices.
- 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 tsp yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 TB olive oil
- Add warm water and yeast to mixing bowl. Add all other ingredients. Mix and knead on low for 5 minutes. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and allow to rise about an hour.
- Divide dough into 8 portions for "personal pan" sized pizzas. Roll or stretch each piece as needed. Heat pan to medium. Add dough to pan. Top with sauce and toppings. Cook until dough is "done" and browned on bottom.
The dough can be stored in the fridge or freezer, cooked or uncooked. It can be divided however you like. I’ll often use half for a baguette and the other half for a few pizzas. All portions can be pre-cooked, stacked, and stored in a ziploc bag ready to go.
- 1 large can diced tomatoes
- 1 small can tomato paste
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 TB fresh oregano leaves
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled
- Add all ingredients to pot. Bring to bubble. Reduce heat to low and cover with lid. Cook 30 minutes to an hour until garlic is tender. Add mixture to food processor and whiz until smooth.
This makes quite a bit of sauce, but we always use it somehow. Pizza, bread, curry, soup, something. It can also be frozen. This is the sauce I make most often, but really anything goes. I’ve opened a can of tomato sauce and used it straight with a pinch of dried herbs. Yesterday I had mild salsa, so I mixed it with a TB of tomato paste and used that.
So, now that I’ve posted this naturally the 4 year old will move on to something else, right?
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