Cheap Pizza at Home
Hi there! I'm pretty sure this is my first post here, but I've been lurking for a while, taking advantage of all the good advice. I tried an experiment recently, and I thought I'd share. I'm totally addicted to pizza, but it doesn't really fit in my budget. I'd never made pizza at home before but I decided to give it a shot and it came out great. I made the crust (slightly time consuming) and sauce (VERY easy--made from a can of tomato paste) myself so it didn't cost much at all. The dough recipe made me 5 personal size crusts, which I wrapped individually and froze, and the sauce made enough for 4 pizzas the way I like them, but could probably stretch to 5 if you spread it more thinly. Pizza Dough: 1 pkg active dry yeast 3 1/4 cups flour, sifted 1 cup very warm water 1 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp sugar Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand for 10 minutes. Stir flour and salt in a large bowl and make a well in the center. Add yeast/sugar mixture to well and mix to create a firm dough. Place dough on lightly floured surface and knead for 5-10 minutes until it's smooth and elastic. Roll out to desired size, 1/4" thick. I used a 9" pan lid to cut out personal size circular crusts. Wrap crusts individually and freeze. Sauce: 1 can (small size) tomato paste 1 to 1 1/2 cups water 3-4 cloves garlic, minced 2 tsp sugar 2 tsp dry basil (I'm sure you could leave this out if you don't already have some around) salt to taste (I used about 2 tsp, I think) 1 tbsp olive oil Saute garlic in olice oil until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add tomato paste, water, sugar, basil and salt. Simmer 5-7 minutes. Add more water if necessary to keep proper consistancy. The Pizza: Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Remove crust from freezer and place on non-stick or greased pan (cooking spray like Pam works best) and let it thaw for about 5 minutes. Place crust in oven and cook for 5-7 minutes, until just browned. Remove and pop any bubbles with a fork. Add sauce and toppings and return to oven for about 10 minutes, until just is bubbly and just browning at the edges. *EDIT* I forgot to mention that when you put the assembled pizza in the oven you should put it directly on the rack with something underneath to catch drippings. This will give you a criper crust.