Friday, April 8, 2016

My Daddy's Pizza Recipe

Daddy's Pizza

Another dish my father was very happy to make for us was pizza.  As with many families in the 1970's we were pretty strapped when it came to the monthly budget. The funny thing was I  never felt like we were cash strapped. 

Buying Pizza as you know is not always cheap and feeding a family of five including two growing and hungry boys on pizza was not inexpensive. Plus this was not the era of mass pizza distribution. Pizza Hut was new and other chains were not as popular nor as prolific as they are today.

Daddy's homemade pies were not doughy but a flat and crispy dough with a slight hint of nutmeg which was further augmented by the use of cornmeal on the bottom to keep the dough from sticking. It was topped with a homemade sauce of simple garlic and herbs and then topped with a variety of healthy vegetable toppings and some sausage or hamburger and sometimes pepperoni.

Who needs to go out for pizza!!

Dad's Best Ever Pizza Crust

1 pkg yeast

1/4 cup lukewarm water
1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
Big pinch of nutmeg
1/2 cup shortening
1 3/4 cups boiling water
6 cups flour

Pizza Sauce

2 or 3 garlic cloves finely minced
6 1/2 cups Italian style tomatoes
3 tablespoons dried italian seasoning
1 tablespoon crushed fennel seeds
1 teaspoon sugar

Place in a pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer on low for about 3 hours

1 pound of shredded Mozzarella cheese
2/3 cup Parmesan cheese grated

Toppings of your choice:
Favorites were: Hamburger, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, canned black olives, sausage, pepperoni, feta cheese, cheddar cheese.

Pizza Crust

Dissolve yeast in luke warm water 

Add sugar and salt and shortening to a bowl
Add boiling water and stir till cool
Add in yeast
Add in the flour and beat till smooth
Add the rest of the flour and beat till it comes together
Turn out onto a floured surface roll in ball
Wrap in plastic wrap and chill overnight
Remove from the plastic and divide into 4 sections of dough
Roll thin and place on oiled baking sheet dusted with cornmeal
Coat with olive oil and prick with fork to make holes

Top with the sauce and desired toppings

Bake at 400 for 30 mins or until done

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