Pizza to Order

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 (125º to 130ºF)
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 400ºF 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, jalapeño 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- × 15-inch) baking pan.

To prevent a soggy pizza, slice raw vegetables thinly and do not overload your pizza. Or, use lightly sautéed or cooked, drained vegetables.