Monday, July 16, 2012

Basic Pizza

Pizza is not the caloric Bad Guy a lot of us believe it to be, especially when homemade. It IS filling and a crowd-pleaser and a good way to feed groups of kids, especially when a variety of toppings are offered!

Ingredients:
1 recipe pizza dough
8 oz. tomato sauce
1 ½ Tbsp. Spaghetti seasoning mix
3 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
½ tsp. oregano (optional)
Toppings (optional)

Note about pizza pans: I use a mesh pizza pan and set it on a preheated pizza stone in the oven. Other people put their pizza dough straight on the preheated stone. Both ways work for achieving a good crust consistency.
     If you don’t have a stone, you can make pizza on mesh pan without a stone. And if you don’t have a mesh pan or a stone, you can always just use a cookie sheet.

Directions:
1. Once the pizza dough has risen for at least 5 minutes, set it on a floured surface.
Ready to roll!

2. Roll it into the shape of your pizza pan: mine is a 16” circle. Make your dough slightly wider than your pan, because you’ll fold the edge to make the crust. Flour the rolling pin, dough, and your hands as necessary to prevent the dough from sticking.
Rolled out.

Hmmm…will it fit?
3. If you’re using a mesh pan, spray with cooking spray. If you’re using a stone alone, sprinkle with a little flour or cornmeal. If you’re using a cookie sheet, spray lightly with cooking spray and lightly sprinkle with cornmeal.

4. Transfer the dough to the pan.
My kids love this part!

5. Fold under the edge to make a crust.

6. Make indentations with a fork all over the dough except the crust to help it cook properly.



My low-tech sauce
7. Spread sauce everywhere except the crust. I make inexpensive pizza sauce by combining 8 oz. tomato sauce with 1 ½ Tbsp. spaghetti or pizza seasoning mix. Really, you could probably get away with using prepared spaghetti sauce if you had to.
Okay, the sauce is on.
8. Evenly sprinkle 3 cups of mozzarella cheese over the whole pizza.  
Any toppings this time?
9. Optional: Add any toppings (veggies, etc.) and then sprinkle 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese and ½ tsp. oregano over the whole thing.

10. Bake at 425° F for 12-15 minutes, until crust is slightly browned and cheese looks bubbly and golden.

11. Pull pizza out of oven and if you’re using a mesh pan or cookie sheet, let the pizza cool for a couple minutes ON the pan, on a wire rack.
Smells great!
12. Carefully transfer the pizza to a large cutting board and slice! Sometimes I take a spatula and run it between the pizza crust and pan to make sure the crust isn’t sticking to the pan before I slide the pizza off the pan onto the cutting board.

13. Serve and enjoy!



*Nutrition facts:

Ingredient
Calories
Sodium
 (% RDA)
Fiber (g)
Protein (g)
Calcium (% RDA)
1 recipe white pizza dough (link)
1235
100
5
30
0
1 recipe whole wheat pizza dough (link)
1185
100
17.5
30
0
8 oz. tomato sauce
70
38.5
3.5
3.5
0
3 c. shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
960
108
0
72
240
2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
60
9
0
6
18
Total
(with white crust):
2325 kcal
256%
8.5 g
111.5 g
258%
Total
(with wheat crust):
2275 kcal
256%
21 g
111.5 g
258%
1 piece (1/12) white:
194 kcal
21%
0.75 g
9 g
21.5%
1 piece (1/12) wheat:
190 kcal
21%
1.75 g
9 g
21.5%


*Calculated from food packaging and this website:
 I used “Great Value” (Walmart) brand tomato sauce, “Bakers and Chefs” brand (Sams Club) part-skim mozzarella cheese, and “Kraft” brand grated Parmesan cheese.

*Nutrition facts for Nancy’s favorite pizza!:

Ingredient
Calories
Sodium (% RDA)
Fiber (g)
Protein (g)
Calcium (% RDA)
½ 6 oz. can black olives
137.5
22
0
0
0
½ 8 oz. can pineapple tidbits
60
0
1
0
0
White-crust pizza, sauce & cheese
2325
256
8.5
111.5
258
Whole pizza:
2522.5 kcal
278 %
9.5 g
111.5 g
258 %
1 piece (1/12 of total):
210 kcal
23 %
0.75 g
9 g
21.5 %


*Calculated from food packaging:
 I used “Musco Family Olive Co.” brand black olives and “Great Value” (Walmart) brand pineapple tidbits.

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