Friday, December 31, 2010

Homemade Pizza

In our area, one of the pizza places offers a large one-topping pizza for $5.99 one day a week. As far as we're concerned, that's a great deal. Not only do we get dinner out of it, but lunch for one or two of us the next day, too! But I've been hankerin' for some homemade pizza for a while, and I finally made it for dinner the other night. I used this recipe for the dough, and it was unbelievably simple. I made several different pizzas to suit the different tastes in my family, and all were really good! I actually ended up making pizza again just a couple of nights later when a good friend of mine came to spend the day with us. Never be afraid to get creative with your pizza toppings! Here's what I made:

Hawaiian - sauce, mozzarella, cheddar, ham and pineapple
Potato-Leek-Ham - (I seasoned and sauteed the thinly sliced potatoes and leeks first) plus mozzarella, feta, and Parmesan
Cheese - sauce, mozzarella, cheddar and Parmesan
Spaghetti and Meatball - sauce, mozzarella, cooked angel hair pasta, cooked meatballs, Parmesan
Veggie - sauce, mozzarella, spinach, mushroom, tomato, Parmesan
Barbecue - BBQ sauce, smoked pork, green onions, cheddar

I have also made a close approximation to a Middle Eastern-style pizza called "lahmajun" using ground lamb mixed with Mediterranean seasonings, plain tomato sauce, and cheese. To be truly authentic, I serve it with chopped parsley and lemon wedges for sprinkling the juice over the pizza.

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