Homemade pizza is a staple in my house. We started purchasing dough from Whole Foods but soon began making our own to save money. The below dough recipe is our go-to and can easily be doubled to freeze for future pizza nights. Making the dough is a longer process – so you should try to plan ahead and make this over the weekend or the dough the day before. If you refrigerate or freeze the dough you want to leave it out to bring it to room temp. This makes it easier to work with.
This dough also makes delicious sausage bread – but that is another recipe for another time.
3 to 4 cups flour (we use 1/2 white and 1/2 whole wheat)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 envelope instant dry yeast
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup marinara
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
1/2 cup sliced onion
1/2 cup sliced chicken
1 sausage, sliced
1 cup shredded cheddar or mozzarella or both
1 tablespoon olive oil
Begin by making the dough in a stand mixer using the dough hook attachment. Combine flour, yeast, sugar and salt in the bowl. Begin running the mixer and add the warm water and oil. The water should be warm enough to activate the yeast but not so hot that it will kill it, around 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep the mixer running until the dough forms a ball – adding additional flour if the dough is too sticky. Remove dough from mixer and knead gently on a floured surface.
Place the dough in a bowl coated in olive oil, cover and put aside in a warm area for about one hour – or until the dough has doubled in size. Once the dough has doubled, place again on a floured surface, dividing into two equal parts. One piece is enough for one large pizza. Freeze the extra dough in a plastic bag.
While the dough rises, cook the chicken and sausage. Slicing both.
When you are ready to begin building your pizza, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Roll or stretch dough to desired thickness and shape and place on a baking sheet or preheated pizza stone. Pre-bake your dough for 10 to 15 minutes – this will help prevent the dough from getting too soggy when it is topped.
Once the dough is pre-baked you can begin topping. Brush the edges of the pizza with olive oil so it will crisp up. For the sauce, simply mix together the marinara and BBQ sauce. You can adjust the ratio to taste. Layer the toppings.
Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown. Feel free to finish the pizza under the broiler to get the crust crispy.