OK, BACK to the Super Bowl BUT not to the ACTUAL game. OK!! What does everyone do on Super Bowl Sunday? Well, let me rephrase that. What does everyone do (but my house) on Super Bowl Sunday? They have a Super Bowl Party!! And every pizza parlor, hot wings joint, and take-out restaurant in the city is going to be going bananas!! So if you want to order something - DO IT NOW!! BUT, if you are like me, instead of ordering you will make it yourself!
Besides where I live, the options for pizza is not very good. The best restaurant for pizza closed down, I am sad to report. So my only options for pizza are frozen from the store. Now Freschetta does make pretty good pizzas, not GREAT but if you REALLY have to have pizza, it will do. So I search far and wide until I found this "life saving" book at the library
Crushed Tomato Sauce
Makes 4 cups
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp dried basil (or 2 T minced fresh basil if you are lucky enough to have it!!)
1 tsp dried oregano
1 T garlic powder or 5 cloves fresh garlic, minced
2 T red wine vinegar
1 t salt to taste
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together , starting with 1/2 t salt and add more to taste. Store tightly in covered container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week ONLY.
Now for the pizza dough. This is the recipe I normally use.
Garlic Pizza Crust
1 package yeast (or 1 T of bulk yeast)
1 cup water (about 90 degrees)
1 T sugar
1/4 cup oil (I use either olive oil or sunflower oil)
1/2 tsp salt
3 to 4 cups all purpose flour
1 to 2 cloves minched
Dissolve the yeast in the water and add the sugar.
Wait a few minutes.
Add the oil, salt and garlic.
Mix in 3 cups of flour
With the dough hook on your mixer, mix for about 10 minutes, until the dough leaves the sides of the bowl.
Take the dough out of bowl and put on a floured surface. Add remaining flour and knead until the dough is smooth. Add more floor if necessary.
Place dough in bowl that has been greased with oil. Cover bowl with saran wrap and a dish towel.
Let rise for about 20 to 30 minutes. Punch down.
Let rise again for another 20 to 30 minutes.
Spray either a cookie sheet or a pizza pan with PAM or oil and press dough out to edges.
Put desired toppings.
Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.
BUT, this weekend I am going to try one of Mr. Reinhart's recipe. Life as I have known it may completely change!!