Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Homemade pizza

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Make the crust using Oatmeal Bread dough (recipe below), mixing 2 t garlic powder and 1 t thyme in with flour. Press into a cookie sheet after first rising. Cover generously with marinara sauce, at least 1 ½ cups. Sprinkle lightly with mozzarella or cheese of your choice, both before and after placing toppings.

Marinara Sauce
We use this basic sauce for pizza, lasagna, and spaghetti. Make it ahead of time and store in the fridge for up to week.
In a saucepan mix 1 can chopped tomatoes, 1 small can tomato paste, 1/8 c. olive oil, ½ c chopped onion, 5 cloves crushed garlic, 2 t sugar, 2 t oregano, 1 t thyme, 1 t basil, and ½ t salt. Optional - add 1 chopped zucchini and 1 grated carrot. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Cool and refrigerate until needed.

Suggested toppings:
Mushrooms sautéed with garlic
Onions caramelized by slow-cooking in olive oil
Fresh garlic
Spinach sautéed with garlic
Eggplant sautéed with garlic
Sliced tomatoes
Green or red peppers
Artichoke or palm hearts
Pepperoni or sausage
Ham or bacon
Tuna – not kidding, a French fave

Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes or until crust is done. Brush crust with olive oil, then serve.

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