Making pizza at home may be a little harder than ordering it or buying it frozen, but it’s so worth the effort. Making dough isn’t hard, it just takes a bit of patience to wait for it to rise. Using store bought sauce is an easy way to cut at least one corner, but the real beauty of making pizza at home is that you have total control over what’s in and on your pie.
I started with a utilitarian Bobby Flay dough recipe, but because I’m me I just couldn’t leave it be. I amped it up by adding garlic and chili powder, plus oregano and a cup of Kraft Italian 5 cheese mix. Why have just the top of the pizza be cheesy when you can cheese it throughout? I then topped with Newman’s Own roasted garlic pasta sauce, hickory smoked sliced turkey, zucchini, yellow bell pepper, and lots of apple-smoked gruyere. Heaven!
Prep Time: 1.5 hours
Cook Time: 25-30 minutes per pizza
Makes: 2 pizzas
- 3 1/2 to 4 cups flour, plus more for rolling
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 envelope (or 2 1/4 teaspoons) instant dry yeast
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- 1 1/2 cups water, 110 degrees F
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons
- 6 tbsp store bought or homemade pasta sauce
- 8 oz apple smoked Gruyere (or cheese of choice)
- 1 bag Kraft Italian 5 cheese mix
- 14 slices of hickory smoked turkey
- 1/4 of a large zucchini, thinly sliced
- 1/2 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
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