Attack the Snack – “Healthier” Homemade Pizza

by Damon on August 3, 2012

Mmm…pizza one of my all time favorites and probably one of yours as well. It is one of the few foods I think I could eat every day. There are justPizza's in the Oven so many possibilities. The only problem is that most pizza is about as unhealthy as you can get. With all the fat, sodium, calories and carbs that make us fat, bloated, gassy and lethargic. It’s no wonder we love it so much! But you know it doesn’t have to be this way. Pizza can actually be healthy and there are hundreds of recipes online for all types of veggie pizzas but don’t worry that’s not what this going to be. If you’re like me and my family sometimes you just have to have some good ol’ regular pizza. So as with so many other things in life we chose to go with the middle of the road type pizza. In other words not to healthy but not to unhealthy you know moderation in all things. Now before we really get into this whole homemade pizza bit you have to know I am not talking that Chef Boyardee crap I’m talking made from scratch crust, freshly browned turkey sausage, turkey pepperonis, fresh bell peppers, mushrooms and fresh hand graded cheeses. Now that’s pizza! And that’s the way we do things at our house, yum. As stated above I do realize that this recipe isn’t exactly healthy but it is way better for you than Pizza Hut or Papa Johns I guarantee that besides that’s why we normally have our homemade pizza as our weekly cheat night meal. Well that enough talk lets get cooking.

“Healthier” Homemade Pizza Recipe

 What You Will Need:

 Pizza Crust

1 Package of Yeast

1 ½ Cups of warm water

2 Cups whole wheat flour

1 ½ Cups white flour

2 Tbs pesto

Olive oil

Toppings

Sauce (We use Ragu Super Chunky Mushroom spaghetti sauce)

1 lb of turkey sausage

1 Package of turkey pepperonis

1 lb Block mozzarella cheese

1 lb Block cheddar cheese

Optional:

Chopped peppers

Mushrooms

Any other toppings you like

Equipment

Large bowl

Measuring cup

Spoon

Large pizza pan or baking stone

Cheese Grader

Pizza cutter

Skillet

Spatchula

Hand towel

Note:

This pizza should feed about four adults or three that are really hungry.

Step #1 Mixing the Dough

You will want to begin by mixing up the dough for the crust. Start by pouring the packet of yeast into the 1 ½ cup of warm(105°) water then while the yeast is rehydrating get your flour measured out and mix well. Then you will also want to add the pesto to the mixed flour. By this time the yeast should be ready to rock, pour it in and mix well. I always start by mixing with a fork then switch to using my hands just because it’s easier. If you use your hands you will want to coat them with olive oil to keep the dough from sticking to your hands. Once the dough is thoroughly mixed you will ball the dough up in the bowl and coat it with flour to keep it from sticking to the sides of the bowl as it rises. Now cover the bowl with a hand towel and sit it aside.

Step #2 Prepare Toppings

Now while the dough is doing its thing you need to get all your turkey sausage browned,  cheese graded and mixed and veggies chopped. By this time the dough should have risen. At some point during this part of the process you will need to pre-heat your oven to about 375-400 degrees.

Step #3 Add Toppings

At this point you want to prepare your pizza pan or baking stone by putting a thin layer of corn meal or flour on it. Using your hands slowly spread the dough across the whole surface of the pan being careful not to tear it. And what ever you do, do not use a rolling pin to roll out the dough. It will be hard as a rock after it cooks. Once you have the dough, now crust, ready you add your sauce, pepper, mushrooms, sausage then pepperonis and finally the cheese.

Step #4 Cook That Baby

Finally put the pizza in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. When the cheese starts to turn brown in the middle it should be done. Take it out slice it and enjoy.

After you have made your homemade pizza a few times you can tweak it to perfection by changing ingredients, crust thickness and cooking times. This is one of those meals you will have fun making and more than likely get lots of compliments on. Hope you enjoy it!

I do eventually plan to make my own homemade pizza sauce but just haven’t had the time to sit down and try it. When I do though I will update this post to include it.

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