Let’s talk about this. My husband has an entrepreneurial heart, and he has years of experience flipping dough at Lamppost Pizza. He can throw it up in the air like a pro! At the start of our life together, he brainstormed and dreamed about Frank’s Pizza, our own delicious pizza joint. Kind of like Deeds Pizza in the movie, Mr. Deeds. Seen it? I even made t-shirts for us one Christmas. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any good recipes or know-how. Now, though, almost ten years (gasp!) later, we are no closer to owning our own place, but we do serve up our own Frank’s pizza in our kitchen! We’ve practiced a lot, learned great recipes, acquired some great tools, and created a great system. I prep the ingredients, Chris flips, assembles, and bakes. Teamwork! Above is the pizza we made just this week. Yum!
Now, for the recipes and tools. To start, we make pizza on this screen. We don’t clean it. We spray a little cooking spray on it before each use. That’s it. The pizza never sticks. Second, we use a dear friend’s easy dough recipe. It’s by far the best we’ve ever tried. Next, I make the sauce in a food processor, and it’s usually different each time. I dump stuff in and taste as I go. It’s especially good with fresh tomatoes from the garden, and a bit of balsamic vinegar.
Pizza Dough: 2 c. warm water, 1 pkg. fast rising yeast, 2 t. sugar, 2 t. salt, 2 T. olive oil, 5 c. flour. Dissolve yeast in water until creamy, about 5 minutes. Add sugar, salt, olive oil, and 2 c. flour. Mix until combined. Add remaining flour. Mix and let sit for 5 minutes. Dump dough onto the counter and knead for 5-10 minutes. Divide in half, cover with a towel, and let dough rest for 10 minutes. Using a rolling pin, roll out to desired size on the counter and then transfer to the screen. Add sauce, cheese, and toppings. Bake at 430 degrees until brown on top.
Pizza Sauce: 1/2 large onion, 3 cloves garlic, 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 6oz. can tomato paste, 2-3 T. balsamic vinegar, 1/2 t. each of dried herbs (basil, oregano, parsley, thyme), salt, pepper, and a dash of white sugar. Dump all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Makes enough for two pizzas.