Over a Cup: A pizza that isn’t frozen or delivered

This was pizza week at our house.

I had not made pizza from scratch for a while, well, sort of from scratch, at least.

I have pizza dough recipes that I’ve used on occasion, but since my time is limited, I usually use packages of pizza dough mix.

There are several brand names available, and some cost under a dollar. Since I make a cookie sheet-size pizza, I use two packages of dough mix, and I don’t think it costs much to save a little time.

So, if you’d like to make “Diane’s Quick Pizza,” you’ll need the following ingredients to make a cookie sheet-size pizza: two packages of pizza dough mix, plus the water and oil called for on the package; pizza sauce (your choice of brand); Mozzarella cheese; meat (your choice of hamburger, sausage, pepperoni, or some of each); a can of mushroom pieces, drained; a can of black olives, drained and sliced; chopped green pepper; and other toppings of your choice.

Preheat the oven according to the directions on the pizza dough package, usually about 475 degrees.

Grease a cookie sheet.

If you’re using ground beef or bulk sausage, put these in a skillet, crumble up the meat and brown over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, prepare the dough, following the directions on the pizza dough packages. Although brands may differ some in their directions, usually you will put the mix in a bowl and add 1/2 cup of hot water (per package).

The water and mix are combined by stirring with a fork. The moistened dough is formed into a ball and about a tablespoon of oil spread on top. The dough is covered with a towel and let set for about five minutes. There are additional directions for making crisp crust.

The dough usually does not have to be rolled out. Instead, tear off a little dough at a time and spread it on the cookie sheet with your fingers, stretching the dough until it covers the entire pan. Sometimes, depending on weather conditions, the dough may be a little sticky. In this case you may need to add a little flour and work it into the dough.

When the dough is ready, spread the pizza sauce evenly over the surface. Sprinkle a light cover of cheese on top. Drain the grease off the meat, and put the meats next.

Follow with other toppings and cover with cheese (as much as you like).

Bake as directed. Cut and serve with lettuce salad.

Experiment with the recipe, add toppings that you like.

If you have a recipe that you’d like to share, send it to me at Box 415, Craig 81626, or call me at 824-8809.

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