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Monday, April 18, 2016

Homemade Pizza

So... I love pizza.

A lot.

I try and have some sort of pizza at least once a week.

Yes, I actively try.

Otherwise I just get sad... and cry.

Anyway, I love it so much it surprised me to learn that in all the years I've been posting spatterings of my culinary forays, I don't think there has been a single mention of pizza.

That's just strange.

So, here goes.

Firstly, let me say that making your own pizza from scratch is not hard.

At all.

Maybe a bit time-consuming, but not excessively, and it doesn't have to be.

I usually let my tomato sauces reduce a fair bit, so that involves a cook-down period of about an hour or two.

But it's the kind of thing you can just let blip away unattended for this, so it's not labour-intensive.

Dough rising and sauce reducing.  It's the Magic Hour.

Secondly, let me say that pizza doesn't have to be unhealthy.

Vegetarian, Vegan, or even Gluten-free options are all attainable and can be highly nutritious.
Plus, if you make your sauce like mine, it will actually have a shit-tonne of high quality, super good-for-you vegetables.

Thirdly, let me say that there is no limit to the sheer amount of creativity, and virtually endless possibilities available in making your own pizzas.

To many options to list, in fact.  Basically, as long as it is pie-shaped, with some sort of topping or another, you may just have succeeded at creating a pizza pie.


So, yah... that's that.

I thought I'd break "Homemade Pizza" into two separate posts, one for sauce, and one for the dough.

This should underscore the simplicity of the whole ordeal, while at the same time highlight the fact that you really can do this in so many different ways.

So, immediately following this general post on my talking about homemade pizza, look for Homemade Pizza Dough, and Homemade Pizza Sauce.

Until then, however, I can include a few pics of some finished products.