Pizza to Order
3 cups all-purpose flour (3 to 3 1/2 cups)
1 package rapidrise yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup very warm water (125Âº to 130ÂºF)
2 tablespoons olive oil – at room temperature
Toppings (suggestions in directions)
In large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, undissolved yeast and salt. Stir very warm water and olive oil into dry ingredients. Stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough. On lightly floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic, about 4 to 6 minutes. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.
On lightly floured surface, divide dough into 8 pieces. Form into smooth balls (keep pieces covered while shaping each ball to prevent drying). Roll or pat to 7-inch circles. Place on greased baking sheets. Top each with selected toppings. Bake at 400ÂºF for 25 minutes or until crust is golden. Serve warm.
Use your favorite toppings or select new combinations from the following suggestions.
Sauces: homemade or prepared pizza, tomato or spaghetti sauce, pesto, salsa, barbecue sauce, hoisin sauce
Cheeses: Mozzarella, Cheddar, Swiss, Jack, Parmesan, Brie, Feta, Muenster, blue, Fontina
Meat/Seafood: pepperoni, salami, ham, cooked bacon or sausage, smoked turkey, roasted chicken, anchovies, clams, shrimp, smoked salmon
Vegetables: tomatoes, red, yellow or green bell peppers, summer squash, onions, mushrooms, olives, carrots, broccoli, artichoke hearts, jalapeÃ±o peppers
Seasonings: garlic, basil, rosemary, oregano, thyme, fresh parsley or cilantro, crushed red peppers
Fruit: pineapple, apples, pears
NOTES : To make large pizzas: Roll dough to fit greased (14-inch) pizza pan or (10- Ã— 15-inch) baking pan.
To prevent a soggy pizza, slice raw vegetables thinly and do not overload your pizza. Or, use lightly sautÃ©ed or cooked, drained vegetables.