Don't you love my blurry pictures of that amazing pizza?  Believe me, this pizza is kind of transcendent - not your mama's homemade pizza.

Jim Lahey-Inspired Pizza Crust
makes 2 cookie sheet sized pizzas - I double if Tyler's home

3 3/4 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp. yeast
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/3+ cup room temperature water

Mix all ingredients together.  Add a little bit more water if the dough is too dry.  Need just until smooth.  Place dough in bowl and cover with plastic wrap or towel, and sit in a warm place for 2 hours.

Dust cookie sheet or pizza stone with corn meal.  I use a generous amount because my cookie sheet sticks to the pizza, and I don't want holey pizza!  Stretch and roll and stretch some more into a pizza that fits whatever pan you have.  Put dough on pan, and top however your little heart desires.  I usually use just whatever's on hand.  

Here are a few favorites -

bacon and onion ( fry up the bacon before topping!)
ham, pineapple and onion
chilies and corn ( with a little cheddar)
and the one above - onion, bell pepper and spinach  

It was seriously amazing.  I L.O.V.E. it.

For sauce, I use a little leftover pasta sauce or canned tomato sauce.  Sometimes I add garlic, sometimes I don't.  Sometimes I simmer and thicken it, sometimes I don't.

Top with cheese and bake!
Use your highest oven temp.  Mine is 550 degrees.  Each pizza takes between 8-10 minutes for me.  Keep and eye on it!!


Janalee said...

really? 550 degrees? that sounds so CrA-a-a-a-zY and Scary. I'm more of a 450 for 15 minutes type of girl, but maybe I'll try it.

Katie Richins said...

You should. My brother taught me that part, and it's the best.

Croppermom said...

We love making our own pizza, on our Friday Family Night! I am going to save this to my recipe file for Friday night!

Martie said...

have you made this with all wheat flour?

Katie Richins said...

Croppermom - Thanks for stopping by! I think you'll love it - it's our Friday Night tradition, too!

Martie - I have, but it's not nearly as good. Pizza is the ONLY thing that I make and use white flour in. I just consider it a splurge.