Everyone has a favorite food. I do. I absolutely love Pizza. My favorite is veggie. I like a thicker crust, but I know a lot of people are fans of thin crust. I’m not a fan of Chicago style pizza with the sausage on top. I cook my own pizza probably twice a month. But we also order out. I used to work at Pizza Hut so I admit it might be my favorite, but because I can only get Pappa Johns delivered, I eat a lot of it. My son loves pineapple and jalapeno pizza. There are some pretty weird pizzas out there. How about Mac & Cheese Pizza? Or Carrot Crust Pizza, Butternut Squash and Crispy Sage Pizza, or Spaghetti Pizza? The creepiest pizza pic I came across had scorpions on it. Surely, they can’t mean people eat that? No, I prefer mine with lots of normal pizza veggies: green pepper, onions, mushrooms, olives, etc.
I love Pizza so much I added it to my book Texas Hold’Em, put the recipe in the back and called it Austin’s Pizza.
Austin’s Thick Crust Pizza
1 cup lukewarm water (105–110 degrees F)
1 envelope yeast (fast-rising, if possible)
2 tablespoons sugar (3 or 4 tablespoons if sweeter dough is preferred)
1 tablespoon olive oil
¾ teaspoon salt
2 to 2 ½ cups flour
- Stir warm water, yeast, and ½ teaspoon of the sugar together, cover with plastic wrap, and let stand 5 to 6 minutes until yeast is dissolved.
- Add the oil, remaining sugar, and salt to above mixture.
- Slowly add flour until stiff.
- Knead dough 5 minutes, then cover with cloth.
- Let rise in warm place 1 to 1 ½ hours until it doubles in size.
- Poke down and use or refrigerate (dough can be frozen).
½ cup of pizza sauce (more or less, depending on taste)
Pizza toppings: fresh veggies and meat should be lightly sautéed before garnishing pizza
Nonstick spray or 1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 ½ to 2 cups shredded pizza cheese blend or mozzarella cheese
- Preheat the oven to 475–500 degrees F.
- Put pizza dough in a slightly greased 9 x 11 glass or metal casserole pan or a round deep-dish pan of equivalent size.
- Spread pizza sauce on dough.
- Spread ½ cup cheese on pizza crust (bottom cheese will help keep toppings from falling off).
- Garnish pizza with desired toppings.
- Add remaining cheese on top.
- Cook for 9 to 12 minutes on lower rack of oven. Remove pizza when bottom crust is brown and dough is fully cooked.
So, what’s your favorite food? Oh, and if you try my pizza recipe let me know if you liked it.