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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Pizza Night

For the long weekend, we organized a pizza night with our nephew, Dylan and niece, Keira. Kids love pizza and they love helping in the kitchen, so we decided to combine the two together! We had a blast and we are excited to share the details with you.
Dylan and Keira are the perfect sous-chefs. Keira and Archana even made pizza together last year this same weekend. When making pizza, remember that the dough needs several hours to rise. Archana prepared the dough the night before and let it rise overnight. Dylan and Keira both grated the cheese. Keira also helped roll the dough and assemble the pizzas.
Our marina pizza was delicious! The adults sprinkled some crushed red pepper, of course! 
After dinner, we made a dessert pizza. We rolled more pizza dough and added some cinnamon to our dessert dough. We spread a thick layer of nutella and sprinkled sliced strawberries, blueberries and white chocolate chips. We actually liked this dessert pizza better than the s'more dessert pizza we made last year. 
Marinara Pizza
Adapted from Recipe by Taste of Home Blog and Epicurious
Yield: 2 pizza pies
Ingredients
Crust
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
Toppings
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes whole plum tomatoes, chopped with their liquid
Directions
  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water
  2. Add the oil, salt, sugar and 3 cups flour and beat on medium speed for 3 minutes
  3. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes
  4. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top
  5. Cover and let rest in a warm place for 3-4 hours or overnight.
  6. Divide dough in half and on a floured surface, roll each portion into a 13-in. circle
  7. Transfer to greased 12-in. pizza pans; build up edges slightly
  8. Prick dough thoroughly with a fork.
  9. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until lightly browned
  10. While the pizza is baking, make fresh tomato sauce
  11. Heating the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat and then add the onions, bay leaf, oregano, garlic, and salt and cook, stirring often, until the onions are soft and translucent, about 10 minutes
  12. Add the tomato paste and continue cooking for 5 minutes
  13. Add the tomatoes and stir constantly until the sauce begins to boil
  14. Lower the heat and simmer for 1 hour, stirring every 5 minutes or so to prevent the sauce on the bottom of the pot from burning
  15. Taste and season with additional salt and remove the bay leaf before pouring the sauce over hot crusts to within 2-in. of edges; add cheese and other toppings
  16. Bake for 15-20 minutes longer or until cheese is melted
Nutella Pizza
Yield: 2 pies
Ingredients
Crust
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
Toppings
  • Nutella, strawberries, blueberries, white chocolate chips to taste (other topping suggestions are banana, nuts, peanut butter chips, chocolate chips) 
Directions
  1. Follow crust instructions 1-9 above, adding cinnamon to the dough at the same time you add salt and sugar
  2. Add nutella and other toppings and bake for additional 3 minutes
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