Pizza on Fridays

In highschool, I thought pizza at his house was so cool.  Every friday Matt’s family had pizza, pop(soda as we call it on the east coast), and popcorn. You see…at my house pizza was always served with salad, a glass of water(never soda), and count on fruit for dessert.

Growing up a sugar, white bread, junk food deprived child you may very will think that I would now need to satisfy all of those cravings. The crazy thing is that I love eating healthy with an occasional sweet. I owe many thanks to mom and to the belly aches I received after stuffing myself at friends house’s and grandma’s.

The sleepover belly ache: they served lucky charms for breakfast and occasionally left over ice cream and birthday cake! I couldn’t believe it.  I remember turning down ice cream thinking they had gone just a little too far, but lucky charms I would have a 1 years worth serving in my cereal bowl.

The grandma belly ache: When I was in second grade my grandparents took me and my brothers to see little rascals in the movie theaters.  I was excited for the movie, but my face went ecstatic when my grandparents said we could pick out whatever candy we wanted.  A whole bag all to myself! I picked starburst and I unwrapped and ate every single one of them by the end of the movie! Arriving home with a monster bellyache.

Maybe it was a whole bag of starbursts in one serving that forever ruined candy ( I said candy not chocolate). Maybe it was the years worth of lucky charms in one bowl that made me love granola and now oatmeal in the morning.

Pizza on Fridays though? That one has stuck, even when the greasy kind served with popcorn gives me a bellyache.Pizza Dough

1 14 oz. pkg active dry yeast

1 3/4 c. all purpose flour

3/4 cup warm water

1 tsp salt

1/2 T olive oil

Stir yeast, 1 T flour, and 1/4 cup warm water together and let stand 5 minutes (should appear creamy).  Add 1 1/4 cup flour, remaining water, salt, and oil. Stir.  Add in 1/4-1/3 cup flour till dough pulls away from the bowl. Let rise 1 1/4 hours.

Sauce

1 14-15oz can whole tomatoes

2 cloves garlic

2 T olive oil

4 basil leaves

1/4 tsp sugar ( or more to break acidity from canned tomatoes)

1/8 tsp salt

Pour tomatoes into blender to make them chunky.  Cook garlic in oil for 2 minutes. Add everything together in saucepan and simmer for 40 minutes.  Adjust taste with sugar and salt.

Go ahead and make some pizza this Friday!  We bake ours at 425 baking our crust slightly before adding toppings.

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