Monday, July 2, 2007

Pizza & CHiPs

When we were kids, every Saturday night we watched Ponch & John keep the California highways safe. And thanks to the first season of CHiPs being available on DVD, much to Mike's delight, we can watch those same episodes again and again. That's what we decided to do Saturday evening & pizza seemed like the perfect meal.

We had planned to fix our pie on grill, but ended up cooking it inside instead. We mixed up a quick dough in the KitchenAid, let it rise & threw on some toppings - tomato sauce, cheese, pepperoni, peppers, onions & mushrooms. The end result was beautiful & tasty, not to mention cheaper than ordering pizza out. I added a little more salt than the recipe calls for. The next time we're going to try adding some Italian seasonings for a more flavorful crust.

KitchenAid Crusty Pizza Dough
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 1/2-3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Dissolve yeast in warm water in warmed bowl. Add salt, olive oil, and 2 1/2 c. flour
Attach bowl and dough hook, turn to speed 2 and mix 1 minute. Continuing on speed 2, add remianing flour, 1/2 c. at a time, until dough clings to dough hook and cleans sides of bowl. Knead on speed 2 for 2 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover, let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk (about 1 hour).
Punch dough down. Brush 14 inch pizza pan with oil. Press dough across bottom of pan. Top with desired toppings & bake at 450 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.

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