A lower sodium and alternative alternative to the traditional homemade pizza recipe.
1cupall purpose flour
1cupvery warm water120 degrees F to 130 degrees F
2tbspolive or vegetable oil
1can tomato sauce
2cupsgrated Mozzarella cheese
topping of your choice
fresh herbs if available
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Make the crust first. In a large bowl, combine the flours and yeast. Pour the warm water and olive oil into the flour mixture. If needed, ass more flour into the dough to make it easier to work with. Knead the dough until it is elastic, about 5 to 7 minutes. Place it back into the bowl and cover. Let it rise for about 15 minutes.
Next, prepare the sauce. A blender or food processor works well for this step. Place the tomato sauce, peeled garlic, and Italian seasoning into a blender or food processor. Pulse until the garlic is chopped. It is also possible to use a garlic press, but the sauce tastes better when the garlic is finite.
Wait until the crust has had time to rise. It won’t rise much. Using olive oil, lightly grease either a 14 inch pan or two 12 inch pans. Roll and shape the dough to fit the pan(s). Bake the dough in the oven for 5 minutes or until it is slightly crispy at the touch. This will keep your pizza from getting soggy when you put all the sauce and toppings on top.
Now spoon the desired sauce, toppings, and cheese on top. If possible, add some fresh herbs on the top as well.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the crust is brown and crispy. Let it cool 3 minutes before slicing. Enjoy.
*Consider using chicken breasts or sliced turkey for the meat; include an assortment of fresh sliced vegetables such as tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, onions, etc.