Thursday, August 22, 2013

Date Night at Home: Brick Oven Pizza

The best Sweetgrass Social Date Night at Home you and your groom-to-be/hubby can enjoy together is one where you cook together! This week, we are all about pizza and decorating it with all your favorite toppings! You can either buy your own pre-made pizza dough or here's a recipe below for making your own! Include whatever toppings you enjoy - and as many as you like too - this is your creation! This week's recipe is inspired by one of our very own Sweetgrass Social couple's, Jacqueline and Derek, who enjoyed brick oven pizzas on their special day with us!

Make Your Own Pizza Dough
1 tsp active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup cold water
1 tsp salt
3 cups bread flour
6 oz. low moisture mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
1/2 cup no salt added canned crushed tomatoes
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp dried oregano
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
6 leaves fresh basil, torn

Sprinkle yeast over warm water in large bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes to proof. Stir in salt and cold water, then stir in the flour about 1 cup at a time.
When the dough is ready to remove from the bowl, knead on a floured surface until smooth, about 10 minutes.
Divides into two pieces, and form each one into a tight ball.
Coat the dough balls with olive oil and refrigerate in a sealed container for at least 16 hours.
Use a big enough container to allow the dough to rise. Remove the dough from the fridge one hour prior to using.
Preheat the oven, with a pizza stone on the lowest rack, to 550 degrees F. Lightly dust a pizza peel with flour.
Using one ball of dough at a time, lightly dust the dough with flour, and stretch gradually until it is about 14 inches in diameter, or about as big around as the pizza stone.
Place on the floured peel.
Place thin slices of mozzarella over the crust, then grind a liberal amount of black pepper over it.
Sprinkle with dried oregano.
Randomly arranged crushed tomatoes and any other toppings you like. Drizzle olive oil over the top.
With a quick back and forth jerk, make sure the dough will release from the peel easily.
Place the tip of the peel at the back of the preheated pizza stone, and remove peel so that the pizza is left on the stone.
Bake for 4-6 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the crust begins to brown.
Remove from the oven by sliding the peel beneath the pizza. Sprinkle a few basil leaves randomly over the pizza. Cut into wedges and serve!

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