Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tasty Tuesday, Ashley style!

Hey kids! I'm so excited to guest blog for the wonderful Talia while she's off galavanting in Disneyland! So without further ado, Tasty Tuesday! Yum!

Hello, my name is Ashley, and I'm a pizza addict. Yes, it's true, I'm obsessed. Chris and I probably eat pizza at least once a week. Sometimes we order, but my absolute favorite is when we make it. Mmmmm, delicious. I want to continue the tradition once Chris and I have kids and let them help make it and pick toppings. I'll either be known as the totally cool mom that makes pizza all or time, or the freaky weird mom that doesn't order pizza hut like a normal person. I'll keep you updated.. ;)

Anyway. Here is my favorite dough and sauce recipe. Toss together a quick salad, give your hubby a beer, and you've got a happy family. Enjoy! 

Pizza Dough

• 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
• 1 1/2 cups warm water
• 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for rolling
• 2 teaspoons salt
• 1 scant tablespoon honey
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus some additional for coating the bowl/greasing the trays

In a large bowl, combine the yeast and warm water. Stir to dissolve the yeast and allow the mixture to rest for 5 minutes.
Mix half of the flour and yeast mixture and blend until smooth with your hands. Add the salt and honey and mix to blend. Sift in the remaining flour and mix to blend.
Knead for 5 minutes. Place the dough inside a lightly oiled large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest in a warm place, about 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in volume.
Roll out the dough.


• 1 (4-ounce) can tomato paste
• 1 1/2 cups water
• 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 tomato
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• Salt and pepper
• 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
• 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
• 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves

Mix everything together in a food processor. No cooking necessary, just spread on dough.

Put on whatever toppings you want. I used mozzarella and feta cheese and black olives. Bake at 450' for 8-10 mins.

Put in your tummy. Yummy.


alyssa said...

Yummmmmmmmmmy I love making our own pizza, the crust part is the BEST! Thanks for the recipe :) I love olives!!!

Dianna said...

Mmmm, sounds so yummy! I really want to make this! Thanks for posting!

Chris Forrette said...

It was a bajillion times better than pizza hut! Thanks for the pizza and beer my lovely lady :)

Shannon said...

OMG that looks delicious! And hubby is cute too! :D We are totally pizza making fanatics also! I grew up making french bread pizzas with my dad. He would let me help spread the sauce over the french bread half loaf, and let me sprinkle my toppings over it. Something as easy as that, when you're a kid, means the world. You totally should continue it into parenthood.

Shannon said...

Oh, and I'm so glad you guest blogged here, this blog is super cute! I'll be coming back!

Jenn said...

Thanks Ashley! I'm going to make this tonight! We love pizza...and I'm so glad to see that someone else likes black olives on their pizza....people always think it's weird but I think it is awesome! Thanks for the recipe!

Lydia said...

that pizza looks absolutely delicious!! what a great tasty tuesdays!

rachel elizabeth said...

yummmm. i make pizza at home all the time, but my best trick to it? i stop at the pizza place on the way home and buy the dough. it's amazing.

Sarah said...

I LOVE PIZZA! We make pizza every Friday night, although we have never made our own dough. Maybe we'll give it a shot this Friday night...

See Sherm Blog said...

Salivating. I LOVE OLIVES on my pizza... about as much as I love beer. But I can't have beer these days... so TONS of olives will have to do.

I've been buying pre made pizza dough at Fresh and Easy these days... but I want to try this recipe next time. After all... I have to pull out that Kitchen Aid mixer I got for our wedding one of these days. Its stil in the box.

leslie said...

adam and i love making our own pizza too! do you have a pizza stone? i love mine.

and, i've been looking everywhere for a good pizza sauce recipe - thanks, you're the best!

RachelRuelas said...

LOVE the photos!! Looks like a magazine! That is wonderful! I'm such a lame o because we totally don't make our own dough or sauce, we spread made sauce on Whole Wheat Pitas! I'm a big fan of WW flour, have you tried it with Whole Wheat? I'm TOTALLY taking your recipes! Thanks girl!

Sara McGinness said...

so yummy, we love pizza and I am definitely going to have to try this recipe at home.

Steph Corwin said...

Okay wow that looks so awesome. YUMMMM

sarah marie p said...

Yummmm! That pizza looks SOOO delish! mmmm. Now I want pizza for dinner! Yay for carrying on the tasty tuesday tradition!

clueless said...

the salad looks great! =)
and pizzzzaaaa! *drolls* i'm going to the pizza place right now!
later! ;)

snarkygirl08 said...

Will and I made your sauce last night for our weekly pizza night and it was delicious!! Thanks for the recipe!

snarkygirl08 said...

Will and I made your sauce last night for our weekly pizza night and it was delicious!! Thanks for the recipe!