Saturday, February 20, 2010

Friday Night - Homemade Veggie Pizza and Movie!

TGIF! I guess this is what everyone thinks by the time clock hits 3:00 in the afternoon and look forward to a fun friday night and a 2 day weekend ahead. We have been busy entertaining people for last few weekends and just wanted to take it easy this weekend. We usually eat out on a friday night and go for a late night movie show.But today, just didn't want to step out. But how could we let of our Friday night movie routine :).

I was thinking of making a pizza since last week and then I saw Mansi from Fun Food and Cafe   posting a Pizza Recipe. It looked absolutely great and made my urge to make a pizza stronger :) So today I made this Vegetarian Pizza and enjoyed our dinner with movie at home.

I almost followed her recipe. The only thing I changed is I didn't use any Whole Wheat as my husband wasn't really in a mood of a healthy pizza :). He wanted the taste of crust to be same as we get from restaurants. For the topping, I had put Green Pepper and tomatoes on the whole pizza, mushrooms on one half and Jalapeno Peppers on the other half ( I don't like mushrooms on pizza and my husband doesn't like Jalapenos)

So here is the recipe of delicious Vegetarian Pizza ( Veggies do make it healthy by the way :) )

Homemade Pizza Dough
1 (1/4 ounce) packet active yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
3/4 cup warm water

4 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups all-purpose flour

Pizza Toppings 

1 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup white mushrooms, thinly sliced

1 cup Green Bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 cup Tomatoes ( chopped, also remove the extra seeds from tomatoes)
1/2 Cup Jalapeno Peppers
1/4 cup tomato sauce ( I used Tomato and Basil)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup shredded smoked mozzarella or Pepperjack cheese
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

** Feel free to add other toppings of your choice

1. In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast, salt, and sugar in warm water and let rest for 5 minutes.

2. Using a spoon, gently stir in 2 teaspoonsolive oil . Add flour and blend with a spoon just until the dough starts to form; then using your hands, transfer dough to a lightly floured surface. Knead lightly for 5-7 minutes. The finished dough should be smooth yet heavy and dense. Also when you tap on the flour lightly with a finger, it should spring back.
3.Place the dough in a medium, clean bowl coated with olive oil and rub some olive oil on top of the dough.

4.Cover tightly with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and and let rise in a warm, warm area until doubled in size; about 1- 1 1/2 hours. ( I just kept in in my oven)
5. Punch the dough down to deflate the excess air in the dough. Knead for a 1-2 minutes and keep it back covered for another 30 min. The dough will rise again and will give a puffer crust.
6.Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and roll out into a 12-inch disc. Transfer to a lightly greased pizza baking sheet. Brush with remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil.

7. Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the crust. Top with the grated smoked cheese. Arrange the vegetables on top. Top with the mozzarella.

For a pizza stone, bake at 500 degree for about 10 minutes, or until both the top and bottom of the crust is brown and the cheese is melted. For a baking sheet, bake at 450 for about 20 minutes, or until both the top and bottom of the crust is brown and the cheese is melted. 

 Serve HOT!


Fathima said...

Wow! That really looks like store bought! Excellent Job! Following u now..

dewang said...

Awesome !!!! Definitely Mouth watering...

Priya said...

Awesome pizza, looks tooo cheesy and yumm!!

Rachel said...

perfect for a movie!

Uma said...

yum, yum!! Tempting pizza :)

Spice said...

Yummy Pizaa, nice my place also it was friday pizza night,yeap home made one....

Nithya said...

Absolutely yummy pizza.. looks so professional and perfect.. :)

Turmericnspice said...

Wow!! this pizza looks awesome...

Saveur Magazine said...

Wow!!! Great Post…Good way to pass time on Friday night and good way to eat a delicious pizza. I love Pizzas especially with mushrooms on it.

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