Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Pizzazz of Pizza

I spent all week working on pizza crust and pizza sauce.  The first time we have a recollection of eating something good with superior flavor is when we first remember the best of anything we have eaten of that particular food, such as pizza, and every pizza after that particular moment is evaluated by the first of the best we can remember.  I have been trying to recapture the flavor of pizza sauce I remember on the first best pizza, based on what I remember ever having from that first recollection.  I declare victory.  Here are the recipes for my pizza sauce and pizza crust with all the secrets for making the sauce and crust the best of the best.

My Pizza Sauce:

15 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 tsp. basil [dried]
1 tsp. oregano [dried]
2 cloves garlic, minced
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.  Spread 2-4 oz. sauce on crust.  Remainder can be frozen in a muffin tin.  Flash freeze in muffin pan and then add to storage bag.
My Pizza Crust:

2 c. flour, sifted with 1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 pkg. rapid rise yeast
3/4 c. warm water

Directions:  Whisk yeast in warm water.  Let mixture sit until it starts to foam.  Add water, yeast mixture to flour, salt mixture and stir until blended.  Turn out on lightly floured surface and knead for 3-5 minutes until dough stops being sticky.  Still in a ball leave pizza dough under a bowl on counter for 30 minutes to an hour to rest.  Allowing pizza dough to rest makes it easier to shape dough without it springing back in a undesired shape or too small of a shape.  The rest is important.  This dough can be divided in two crusts or used for a large crust.  The key to thin crust [my favorite] is to roll pizza dough on parchment paper as thin as you like it.  When size is accomplished pick up parchment with dough and place on cooking sheet or pizza pan, and continue building your pizza.  Dough can be put in a storage bag and refrigerated for three days until you are ready to use it or if you are just using half and saving half.

Rooney is the best of the best everyday.  Rooney is love.  I love Rooney!  I can see why we take breaks between our beloved pets.  Time to grieve and then there is wanting to make sure we accept each new pet in their own right.  Each one sets a standard for what we like in a pet. They win our hearts with amazing constant love, and the consistent energy they sweep us up into along with them is welcoming, and we find we are being taken on walks and then we are being taken away on play times, and our recollections tell us this is the best ever moments in our lives!

Enjoy the best pizza sauce and best pizza crust ever this week!

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