Almost every family in America has one night a week dedicated to pizza.  Now, that’s not an official statistic but I feel safe in saying it.  In my home growing up, it was Tuesday night.  Little Caesars Pizza had “two for one Tuesdays” so we headed down to K-mart and picked up our “hot and ready” pizzas.  We took it home and my mom let us sit in the family room to watch Looney Tunes while we ate pizza.  It was so exciting!  Now that I’m all grown up, our pizza night has switched to Friday night.  I usually make pizza dough on Thursday or Friday morning and I look forward to the deliciousness all day!

Pizza is an instant crowd pleaser and an easy dinner to make for a party.  Everyone loves pizza! Here is a delicious and INCREDIBLY easy pizza dough recipe for you to try for your next pizza night.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon Instant Or Active Dry Yeast
  • 1-1/2 cup Warm Water
  • 4 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil

Preparation Instructions

Sprinkle yeast over 1 1/2 cups warm (not lukewarm) water. Let stand for a few minutes.

In a mixer, combine flour and salt. With the mixer running on low speed (with paddle attachment), drizzle in olive oil until combined with flour. Next, pour in yeast/water mixture and mix until just combined, and the dough comes together in a sticky mass.

Coat a separate mixing bowl with a light drizzle of olive oil, and form the dough into a ball. Toss to coat dough in olive oil, then cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set it aside for 1 to 2 hours, or store in the fridge until you need it.

Note: it’s best to make the dough at least 24 hours in advance, and 3 or 4 days is even better.

When you are ready to make the pizza, grab HALF the pizza dough (recipe makes 2 crusts) and squeeze the dough toward the bottom to form a nice, tight, pulled ball. You can roll out the pizza with a rolling pin if you’d like, but sometimes it’s just as easy to throw it around and pull and stretch till it feels right. And when the crust is nice and thin, lay it on an oiled baking sheet or pizza pan. Drizzle a little olive oil on the dough and spread it with your fingers. Very lightly sprinkle some salt on the crust.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Top your crust with your toppings of choice. Then bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and toppings are bubbly.

Source:  The Pioneer Woman

Entertaining Tip of the Day:  At your next pizza party, get your guests involved!  Let everyone make their own personal size pizzas.  Provide a ball of dough for each person and lots of topping choices.  Spread out around the kitchen table and get creative!  Make sure to take pictures and you can even give awards (the meatiest pizza, the most colorful pizza, the spiciest pizza, etc.)  Your guests will love it!

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