Easy Homemade Pizza Night

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Boy, am I tired of the traditional Thanksgiving meal!  It used to be my favorite combination of food, but after a hundred plus meals of that same turkey, mashed potato, green bean casserole, stuffing (okay, I love stuffing), cranberry sauce, sweet potato, pumpkin pie mix, I am ready for a change.  I understand tradition and celebrating the holiday, but lets be frank, there is little room for creativity.  I think next year I am serving chicken baked under a brick, twice baked potatoes, brown sugar carrots, and pecan pie!

With the holidays revving up, I want something to make that is easy, versatile, and not the same old holiday meal.  What to make?  Pizza!

Pizza Crust

3 cups of flour- You can use all organic, unbleached white flour, or to add a little more nutrition to the mix, use 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of whole grain, like barley, buckwheat, or whole wheat flour.

1/2 Tablespoon of yeast

1 teaspoon of sea salt

3 T of fresh rosemary minced (or any herbs available)

1 teaspoon of garlic powder or whatever seasoning you want to try!

1 1/2 cups of water (less for lower altitudes)

Combine all ingredients and let sit covered for 2 hours.  Dough will be moist.

Add half a cup of white flour to the top and work it in with a wooden spoon by pulling up the sides of the dough along the bowl.  Knead 15 times and cut in half.  Dough shouldn’t be too sticky anymore.  Freeze half of the dough for a later dinner (just defrost overnight).  Roll dough out on a cookie sheet or in a cast iron skillet.

Top with homemade pizza sauce, cheese, and whatever toppings you have on hand (frozen green chilies, canned green peppers, sun dried tomatoes, onions, leftover meats, whatever!)

Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes or so until bottom of the crust is brown or the middle looks cooked through, cheese is bubbly and turning a little brown, or your nose tells you its done!

A glass of red wine or a cold beer is in order and a good movie with your honey.  Happy Holidays!