Friday, September 30, 2011

Pizza Time for Food Friday!

A couple of weeks ago, we made pizza for the team.
We made 35 pizzas.
I have never seen so many all at once in my life. 
I have never seen pizzas eaten so fast in all my life.
Did you know it takes approximately four hours to cook 35 pizzas in a regular oven?
It does.
And football players will wait for pizza to come out of the oven!

O.K. here we go.
I won't give you the recipe for 60 hungry football players, but this amount will make 2 very nice size pizzas.

Lean Dough

In a large bowl, combine the following in this order:

3 cups warm water
1 Tbs. yeast
6-6 1/2 cups flour
1 Tbs. salt

Stir, cover and let sit for 2-24 hours.
For the pizza, you can split the dough into two balls and let each rise.
When ready,
take the ball of dough and cover it in flour.
Begin to roll it out with a rolling pin.

{{Here is something I have learned in the kitchen..
You know how you will roll out dough and it seems to shrink back to it's original size?
If you roll it and let it set for a couple of minutes and come back to it, it will cooperate and spread out. You might have to do this a couple of times.}}

Now, you can either bake it a bit in a hot oven (450 degrees) before putting the toppings on, or like we did, we put toppings on and put it right into the oven. I have found baking the crust for a bit first keeps the toppings from burning if you need the crust to cook more.
You can also brush the crust with a bit of olive oil before putting on the toppings.

We made some with pesto, mozzarella and pecorino-romano cheese, and some with pizza sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese.

Pizza Sauce:

Crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, onion, garlic, onion powder, garlic powder, dried parsley.
This is how Mama Shaver makes it-throw it all in a pot, season to taste and simmer.

It was a feast!!!
Hope you enjoy yours just as much.



  1. Your pizza looks so yummy! Might have to try it :D Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love home made pizza! But 35 pizzas? You go, girl!

  3. How totally fun!!!!!
    Years ago visiting Cyndi in Santa Barbara we ate at this little sidewalk cafe, it had local artists' art work on the wall. I knew then that one day I wanted a restaurant that incorporated an English style library, an art gallery.. and the best food ever!! I think we should do it!!!!!! Hey.. your cooking for 35 now, we can do it! :)

    and.. LOVE your Etsy store.. Im so happy that you got it up and running!! You are amazing my friend! Your grandma would be So proud of your artistic accomplishments!

  4. Thanks for sharing your pizza day! The pizzas look amazing. I may have to try your recipe, as my hubby LOVES pizza.

  5. I swear I could eat pizza every day of the week!! That photo looks scrumptious!!!

    Now, I'm going to visit your newly re-opened Etsy shop. Welcome back!! I'm starting to list in mine again, too. They were greatly neglected this summer!! Have a wonderful weekend. XOXO

    ~ Wendy

  6. Those look so yummy.. Now I think I want pizza for dinner.. I have made my own.. But tonight I think it will be Pizza Hut..

    Hugs, Linda

  7. I could eat them all! Tonight it's going to be pizza night!
    Kisses to my child!

  8. Great place to stop on Friday for ideas!
    Love it.