I don’t know if it is that I am older now or what, but Pizza Hut just isn’t what it use to be.
I am thinking it is because I quit eating fast food (unless I am drunk or hung over). When I made this decision, I did not consider Pizza to be in the fast food category. I am guessing because I have never gone through a drive thru to get a pizza???? Who knows with me??? In my mind, it isn’t fast food. My taste buds will tell you otherwise.
Another turning point that probably had something to do with my new tasting dislikes was eating a pizza at Grazia . Their pizza is so awesome!!! Ever since then, if I order a pizza from any chain, I am just more pissed off and craving pizza even more.
Because of this, I have been experimenting with making my own pizza dough at home. Until this weekend, I have been using Bobby Flay’s Recipe . I do like it and may still use it again but it calls for Bread Flour and I don’t always have that round. To me, it has more of a bread taste to it actually. I do want to try it with normal flour though and see if I like it then.
This past weekend, I decided we were going to have “Make your own Pizza night and a movie”. The girls were both going to be at home. When they are, I try and make sure we have a good time since those evenings so rare these days. Plus, Chelsea is moving off in August and even though she isn’t mine, I hate it when she isn’t there. She’s always up for trying something new and / or doing something stupid. She has no shame in her game!!!
Of course, my plan of a fun night doesn’t go as planned…….
I got home from work and started my dough. I used Paula Deen’s Pizza Dough Recipe . It still took a couple of hours as Bobby’s does but it called for regular flour and that is all I had.
I did do a few things different but I like to make sure my pizza is flavored. Here is what I did….
1. When the dough made a ball I put it straight into the bowl and just poured some olive oil on the ball then turned it upside down and rubbed the bowl with the ball.
2. While the dough was rising I made a mixture of Olive oil, Wildtree Spaghetti Blend and garlic powder. I made it just like as if you were at Carabbas. I got me a pasting brush and brushed it over the pizza dough before putting it in the oven. After cooking it, I applied some more before the toppings, paying special attention to the crust. This made the crust so yummy!!!!! I may just make pizza sticks one day it was so good.
I rolled out all the pizzas pretty thin. I had had a left over Rib-Eye steak in the fridge from the night before so the idea of a Philly Cheesesteak pizza came to mind. while at the store, I had picked up a large can of tomato sauce, some pepperoni from the deli, and the Italian blend cheese. I had everything else that I needed.
While the dough was rising, I cut up all my veggies, made the Alfredo sauce, and put about two tablespoons of the Wildtree Spaghetti Blend in a bowl with the tomato sauce so it could merry.
Chelsea gets off work at 8:00 so the timing was perfect.
After the second rising, I rolled out two larger pizzas and cooked them. Then I made two smaller pizzas for the girls to make their own. I was all excited thinking the girls would enjoy being silly and making their own but of course Jordan didn’t care. She told Chelsea to make hers *eye roll*. Finally, Jordan joined in on the fun after I told Chelsea to put extra onions on Jordan’s pizza 🙂
On one of the big ones, I did the Philly Cheese Steak pizza. No recipe necessary really; I just used the Alfredo Sauce that I had googled to make that. It was very easy. I had cooked the rib eye extremely rare and had sliced it very thin as well. I also had some sliced mushrooms, and thinly sliced bell pepper and onions, that I had sautéed in olive oil. I wanted to make sure they would be cooked thoroughly since they wouldn’t be in the oven too long. Then I topped it w/ some of the Italian Blend Cheese.
For the other “Adult” pizza, I put a few spoons of the tomato sauce, the same sautéed veggies from above, some fresh
jalapenos, sliced black olives,and a few slices of fresh mozzarella cheese.
Of course the girls didn’t step out of their box. They just put the sauce, then the pepperonis and the Blended cheese mix. They may not admit it but I still think they had fun! They didn’t post it on Instagram or anything but they did snapchat it.
Its’ my story and I am sticking to it!!
I even had left over pizza dough after all these!!!! It is some work rolling it out and I hate cleaning the counters after but in the end I think it is worth it. I had most of the stuff at home but if I had to go buy everything it would have been about $20 for all four pizzas which is great. And of course, you couldn’t have the experience and the family time making them.
Speaking of leftover dough… check out our breakfast the next morning!!!
I fried up some bacon but didn’t cook it all the way along with about three patties of pork sausage, crumbled. Then I made some country gravy from the grease in the pan. When the pizzas were cooked, I covered them w/ the gravy.
On one pizza, I put boudain and raw eggs on and put on the top rack in the oven. I was going for over easy eggs but I ended up with soft yolk eggs. It was still good though. On the other breakfast pizza, I put the gravy, the pan sausage, some boudain, and some scrambled eggs then topped with some cheddar cheese for the kids. I do have to admit theirs was better. I think cause I was getting low on dough so it was super thin. It almost tasted like Migas.
Of course they didn’t eat any because they were going to the beach so they wouldn’t eat so they would still have their “morning body” on the beach. LOL!!! Crazy Kids! So, I cut all the left overs up and put in a large plastic container and we have been eating them for breakfast in the mornings.
So there ya have it………….. Six smaller pizzas out of one batch ! I think that is pretty dang Good! I wonder if you can freeze it………………… something tells me no. 🙂
Here are the links below. I still don’t know how to make a recipe printable in a blog. Plus, if it is someone else’s I don’t know if that is stealing and all that legal stuff.