Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday Night Dinner Rush

Friday nights can be so hard because you are tired after a long week at work. The last thing you want to do is get home at 6 and start making a fancy meal. Our advice....keep it simple and make it fun. Get a nice bottle of wine or drink and choice and cook with your honey making simple yummy finger foods to have a date night and satisfying that craving for something different and fun on a Friday night.

One of the best easy couple things to make on Friday nights is Pizza.

Pizza Dough
1 1/2 cups flour
Pinch salt
3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water
1 tablespoon olive oil

Stir together the flour, salt and yeast. Add the water and olive oil and stir until it resembles somewhat of a ball. Dump it out on a floured surface and kneed into a ball. It should only take a few minutes and don't be afraid to add flour as needed, but add it in small quantities so you do not end up with dried out dough.

Oil a bowl (some people like to use a spray or butter but oil is best for this) turn the dough in the oil to coat it and let stand covered in plastic wrap for an hour and a half.

Turn the dough out onto flour board and punch the air out of it in the centre of the ball. Shape the dough into a round disk and let stand under plastic wrap for 15 - 20 minutes.

Roll the dough out thin to cover your pan or pizza stone, you should flour or put cornmeal down before you put the dough on the pan or stone.

The toppings a really up to you. My favorite is the best can of diced tomatoes you can find (I use these instead of a pizza sauce, just spoon them out of the can), fresh basil, spicy pepperoni and fresh mozzarella cheese . Don't put too many toppings or sauce on the Pizza, it will just make the crust gooey.

Bake the pizza at 475 for about 10 minutes.

Tip: put any meat you like on top of the cheese instead of under it, the meat takes longer to cook then the cheese and this will allow the meat to cook more thoroughly.

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