12 February 2013

Overnight Pizza Dough

It has been my belief for quite a while now that if something can be homemade that it in general is better. Better quality, better taste, and better on the keeping the cash in my pocket. Obviously this is a blanket statement and there are plenty of things that store bought it just as good if not better than homemade. However, in my opinion this doesn't apply specifically to pizza dough. Now I have tried pizzas from all of the big chain restaurants some were good and some weren't worth the money that I spent but one thing that I found was that you can't replace a good crust. I mean you can put some of the best ingredients together but if you don't have a good crust its just same old same old.

So I decided to try a new recipe that my sister-in-law gave me. She got it from 101cookbooks.com  its Peter Reinhart's recipe and let me tell you it is good, even when you don't follow all of the directions- which I would never do...unless it was a Sunday night and all I really wanted was pizza. I mean I had dreamed about it on Saturday night. Have I told you that I dream about food? I do its weird but that is a different story for a different day.

Now back to pizza. This recipe is an overnight dough and has minimal ingredients, which is so nice when you are making it by the seat of your pants. Now this dough is better if you follow directions and refrigerate it overnight and then bring it to room temperature before cooking it. Then again,  if you really want to want to eat it and only refrigerate it for 4 hours and allow it to rest for 30 minutes it still turns out pretty darn good.

So good in fact that when you go to take pictures there is literally only once piece left and its a scraggly piece that doesn't look appetizing. No jokes peeps I forgot to take a picture in the very beginning and then all of the sudden poof  it was gone. Now not only was the dough a winner but the toppings were excellent. You see this started out being a 5 cheese pizza but then it grew into somethings marvelous and sauce-less. Yep, no sauce folks and can I tell you that it really didn't need it.

Let's talk toppings. Like I said before this started out being a 5 cheese pizza. With Cream Cheese, Boursin, Parmesan, Romano, and Fresh Mozzarella. Now just leaving it be that would be a good pizza but then I got the idea to add some roasted garlic, sun dried tomatoes, onions, bacon and leeks. So good guys really good. Of course the Hubbs had to put in his two cents as well so we added some shredded chicken.

With all of those topping there was no way that a thicker pizza crust would cook all the way through before the toppings would scorch. I went ahead and pre-cooked my crust with some olive oil, Italian herbs, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. I cooked it for about 10-15 minutes at 450 degrees  depending on how true to temperature your oven is.

I also sauteed all of my toppings individually in just a little bit of olive oil to make sure that they were cooked prior to piling them on the pizza dough. After the dough and toppings are cooked place it back in the oven to make sure that its nice and piping hot when you serve it. Hopefully, you will have the same experience as I did and you are left with one piece and have at least two people who really want it.

Now y'all I would totally post the recipe for you but since it has been published in a book I just didn't feel right posting something with out the authors permission. Gotta give credit where credit is due ya know. Luckily, 101 cookbooks.com did get permission to share it with all of you so please visit her site for excellent and detailed directions for a great pizza dough recipe.

Happy Eating-

-S









Hey y'all I am Sara otherwise known as the Desperately Happy Housewife. When I am not working I am busy crafting, blogging and re-decorating my house. I channel Lucille Ball and Lauren Graham on a daily basis to get me through the "Oh my gosh I just sewed my finger" moments that often happen. I hope you stay a while and get a chance to see what makes me desperately happy.

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