Henry’s Pizza!

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Today saw me make pizza with my daughter, Sam. Quite laborious, this pizza ate up a good part of my morning, our morning. Sam kept coaxing me since yesterday to go on with our pizza project. And so, we did just that.

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sam greasing the pizza pan

It was fun rummaging through the ref for potential toppings for the pizza and we found these:

meatball chunks, tomatoes, bell peppers, capers, mushrooms, olives and garlic

meatball chunks, tomatoes, bell peppers, capers, mushrooms, olives and garlic

After I made my labor-intensive dough, I started doing the topping assembly, such that:

the dough topped with the trimmings although still cheeseless at this point...

the dough, topped with the trimmings (although still cheeseless at this point...)

 Now the fun part– ‘cheesing’ the pizza!

now ready for baking!

now ready for baking!

 

To do this you will need:

For the topping:

3/4 cup tomato paste

1/4 cup sundried tomatoes

1/2  cup mozzarela cheese

1/2 cup monterey  jackcheese

1/2 cup cheddar cheese

1/4 cup capers

1/4 cup pitted black olives, sliced

1 red bell pepper, sliced

2 tomatoes, sliced

6 cloves of garlic, minced

3 pcs meatballs, diced

For the dough:

3 1/2 cups all purpose flour, sifted

1 tsp salt

1 cup warm water

2 tbsp sugar

2 packages dry yeast

1/2 cup olive oil

cornmeal for sheet pan

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How to make the dough:

1. Mix flour and salt in a bowl.  In a  food processor fitted with a metal blade, pour the mixture. Combine the warm water and sugar in a measuring cup. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water. Let stand until foamy in appearance, about 5 minutes. Pour the water and oil into the food processor. Process until the mixture becomes a ball.

2. Remove the dough from the food processor and put on lightly floured surface. Slightly knead until smooth. Put  in a greased bowl and let rise in a warm place (about 45 minutes).

3. Punch down the dough and let rise for another 45 minutes.

4. Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece on a clean surface, with a bit of flour if necessary, to a 6-inch circle.

5. Meantime, dust 2 sheet pans lightly with cornmeal. Place the dough disks on the prepared sheet pans and top with sauce and toppings. _____________________________________________________

Meantime, preheat oven to 500F.

Now, you’re ready to do the toppings.

Brush dough with tomato paste the add sundried tomatoes. Distribute evenly all topping ingredients except cheese. Put a dash of salt and pepper.

Add cheese. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

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I would have loved serving this to my late dad, Henry. He wasn’t big on pizza.  He would’ve changed his mind had he tried this. Cheesy, tasty, and oomph-loaded, Sam just munched a lot. Yum!

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