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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Pizza Queen

It's official, I'm the pizza queen around here. Yesterday I made homemade pizza for dinner. I usually make beef and onion because it's quick and easy and it tastes good. Plus, I don't have to buy a bunch of extra ingredients. I do buy the beef topping like they use in the restaurants. I find that at the restaurant supply store for about $16. It's a huge bag and can last our family at least a year.
I don't use ground beef because as a kid, my mom would make homemade pizza with ground beef and it always tasted funny. It didn't taste anything like the restaurant pizzas. In our old town there was a pizza restaurant that used ground beef and just like my mom's, it tasted a little different.
So last night I was making my pizzas and I had been planning to make my sauce from scratch, but I was tired and thought I'd do what I normally do, open and use spaghetti sauce. However,the night before that I had made a huge batch of spaghetti sauce with ground beef for my Bunco group. I just couldn't bring myself to open another can of spaghetti sauce. So I used the spaghetti sauce with ground beef that had cooked in the crockpot for an evening. I added my restaurant beef and chopped onion and decided it would either be great or it would be terrible. It was great!! I ended up calling it double beef and onion pizza.
So why did ground beef taste good on my pizza and not the other ones I had tried? I have decided that the secret must be the sauce.
The pizza was better than the pizza we can get in our little town and I think it tasted better than Pizza Hut! Here's the recipe for the pizza dough that I use. It's for the bread machine and it's yummy and easy to make. I got it from Enjoy!

Wait Family Pizza Dough (Bread Machine)
SERVES 6 , 2 pizzas

RECIPE BY: godsjoyfulkid

This is a fabulous recipe I got from my in-laws...DH and I contend that it's the best pizza dough we've ever tasted! We've also had friends agree - everyone who tries it loves it! preparation time includes time in machine *uncooked dough does not freeze well, but cooked pizza/calzone do!*


* 1 1/3 cups water
* 6 tablespoons margarine, sliced
* 1 egg
* 3 cups bread flour
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast

1. DOUGH: Add first 8 ingredients to bread maker in order listed, (or however your machine says)select dough cycle.
2. At end of dough cycle, once dough has risen, dump dough onto floured board, knead, divide into 2 equal parts and let rest 10 minutes.
3. Spread dough on each of two greased pizza pans.
4. *This dough also makes excellent calzone, and also great cinnamon rolls -- or so they say!
6. Add pizza sauce, toppings of your choice, and cheeses.
7.Bake in preheated 400 F oven 15-20 minutes (rotate pans about halfway through cooking).
8. Remove from oven and let sit for five minutes before cutting.


Miscellaneous From Missy said...

Now I'm hungry. Mail me a slice?

DeAnn said...

I'll get your slice in the mail right after I fax some to my parents. THey thought it sounded yummy and placed an "order" first. :)
Hope you try the recipe, it's great!