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Homemade Pizzas

In 2001 as part of a promotional stunt, Pizza Hut paid one million dollars to Roscosmos, Russia's federal space agency, to deliver astronaut Yury Usachov a small salami pizza. Though the original pizza was meant to top pepperoni, salami turned out to last much longer in a vacuum seal bag. The pizza also had to be heavily spiced so that the astronauts, whose taste buds were severely obstructed from zero-G effects, could enjoy the intended flavor.


Prep: 1 hr 30 min | Cooking: 15 min | Total: 1 hr 45 min


INGREDIENTS

Dough:

Note: Dough makes about four small pizzas.

  • Active dry yeast (1 tbsp)

  • Warm water (1 1/2 cups)

  • Honey (1 1/2 tbsp)

  • Olive oil (1 tbsp)

  • All-purpose flour (4 cups, divided)

  • Salt (1 tsp)

  • Cornmeal (3 tbsp)

Toppings (all ingredients and amounts are optional):

  • Tomato or pesto sauce

  • Sausage, precooked

  • Hamburger, precooked

  • Onions, diced or chopped

  • Sun-dried tomatoes

  • Mushrooms

  • Green bell peppers

  • Jalapeño peppers, sliced

  • Black olives

  • Pepperoni

  • Ham

  • Arugula

  • Spinach

  • Cheese: cheddar, Parmesan, mozzarella, or other


DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, stir together yeast, water, and honey until dissolved. Mix in 1/2 cup flour and place bowl in a warm area for 15 minutes or until mixture is bubbly.

  2. Add olive oil, 2 1/2 cups flour, and salt. Mix until sticky and stretchy. Dust surface with another 1/2 cup flour and lightly knead until smooth and no longer sticks to fingers. Cover dough with saran wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  3. Clean a large and flat surface in your kitchen for punching and shaping the dough. Coat that surface with about 1/4 cup flour and use the remaining 1/4 cup as needed for smoothing out particular surfaces of the dough. Flatten dough to about .5-inch thickness and cut into quarters.

  4. Preheat oven to 475 °F. Shape each quarter piece of dough into circles and pinch the edges of each so to contain the sauce and toppings.

  5. Spread sauce to the crust of each pizza and top with desired toppings and cheese. Place each on baking sheets or pizza stones dusted with cornmeal. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until crusts are golden brown and all cheese is melted. Serve.


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