We really enjoy making our own pizza. Everyone gets involved and I have found it's a great family bonding time.
One of my favorites to make is BBQ Chicken Pizza. It has a tangy sauce with a bit of a kick, chicken, cilantro, and sauteed red onion. Paige doesn't like this one very much so we make pepperoni too. Get creative and make it your way. Give your kids bits of dough to roll out and let them make their own creations. That's the best way to get them to eat!
Start with your pizza dough. If you know how to make bread of any sort, the pizza dough will be a cinch for you.
Start by proofing your yeast. Put 1 1/2 c. warm water, 1/2 tsp sugar, and 4 tsp yeast in a bowl. Let dissolve and get foamy for 10 minutes.
Add bread flour to your bowl, one cup at a time. After adding the 1st cup of flour, put in 1 tsp salt as well. This recipe only needs a few cups of flour so don't dump it all in like a crazy person. You can always add more flour. If you put too much in, you can't take it back out and your dough is going to be ruined because it will be too tight for it to rise. When the dough starts clinging to the dough hook and is no longer "sticky" on the bottom, it's ready. Drizzle a little olive oil along the edge of the bowl and turn the mixer on low to coat the sides of the dough. Remove dough hook and cover the bowl with a towel. Allow to rise in a warm spot in the kitchen for an hour or until double in size.
Right when you finish your dough, preheat your oven to 500* F. I know that seems really hot, but trust me. You want it hot because it will give your pizza crust a nice crisp bottom but still chewy in the center. Make sure you put your oven rack on the lowest setting and put your pizza stone in if you have one. It needs to heat with the oven.
This BBQ Sauce is a little different than the one I make for my ribs. It's more tangy and not as sweet.
First you want to heat a little olive oil in a saucepan. Add 2 cloves minced garlic and 1/4 cup finely minced onion. Saute in the oil with 1 bay leaf for a minute. Don't let the garlic burn or else you'll be left with a bitter taste.
Add 1 cup ketchup, 2 Tbsp worchestershire sauce, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 2 Tbsp lemon juice, 1/2 tsp tabasco sauce, and a shake or two of celery seed. Allow this to cook on low for about an hour. Remove bay leaf at that time.
Cook up one chicken breast, seasoned with Seasoning Salt. Dice into cubes. Set aside.
Slice some red onion.
Saute in a saute pan until they become nice and soft.
Remove from pan. Set aside.
When your dough has doubled in size, punch it down and pull from the bowl. Knead on a floured surface for a minute or two.
Divide in half. Roll out one of the halves.
Pull a little of the edge back over and pinch down to make the crust.
Lightly dust a pizza peel with some flour and corn meal. Transfer your rolled out crust onto it. Pizza peels can be found at any home/kitchen store. This is one I bought online at King Arthur Flour for the bakery. I actually own two. The wooden one I own I bought at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for $10.00. They are a must have for pizza making.
Spread out some of the bbq sauce on the crust, being careful not to get any on the edges.
Sprinkle some mozzerella cheese on top of the sauce.
Top with the sauteed red onion, diced chicken and a handful of chopped cilantro.
Carefully shimmy the pizza from the peel onto the hot stone. If you need, keep a spatula handy to help guide the pizza off the peel. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes. The outside crust will be a gorgeous brown and the top of your pizza will be nice and melted (the cheese). You don't want a burnt pizza so keep an eye on it!