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Leftovers or Pizza?
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11/28/2008  •  Comment
By Kate

At this point, I'm having a hard time planning meals for the next few days.  Leftovers only go so far, both in quantity and appeal. 

 

There's always a call to the pizza parlor, but it's amazingly easy to make your own. 

 

For the sauce, just saute some finely chopped onion and/or garlic in olive oil (watch the garlic closely so it doesnt burn--if you're using onions, let them cook until soft before adding the garlic).  Add a big can of crushed tomatoes, and a bit of oregano and basil.  Let it simmer for awhile (at least 30 min.) and you're good to go.  This freezes beautifully and is handy to have around.  It tastes much better than canned or jarred sauce, and it's very little work.

 

Pizza dough can be store-bought or homemade.  Here's a pretty good dough recipe.  Allow a couple of hours for it to rise.  You can make it ahead--just refrigerate it and take it out about 30 minutes before you want to bake it.   I like to pre-heat the oven to 450, then bake the crust for five minutes before adding the sauce, cheese, and other toppings.  This way, I'm sure the crust isn't doughy, and I don't burn the cheese.  After I add the toppings, I bake for another 7 to 10 minutes, watching carefully.

 

Kids love to help with shaping the dough, spreading the sauce, and adding the toppings. 

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