Today’s post is a major detour from my usual ootd posts.
I recently realized that as much as I call this a “lifestyle” blog, which to me means fashion, food and travel, I’ve been a little too focused on the fashion aspect because it’s the easiest one lol. However, if you follow me on instagram, you get a bit more variety with the occasional food picture thrown in once or twice. So, you know, follow me there lol ;);)
Today I’m going to share a super quick recipe that’s one of my absolute favourite go to’s. Homemade pizza, which I’ve made about a million times since I moved out on my own.
Here’s the big secret to homemade pizza on demand – prepare the dough in advance. Like waaay in advance. I like to make a ton of it and store it in the freezer, which is why that process has not been photographed.
It’s preety simple though – just heat some water (about half a cup) so it’s warm but not hot (or the yeast will die), add in a spoon of sugar and mix a little, then add in about a tea spoon of yeast and don’t touch it for 15 minutes. Then add in a tea spoon of salt and two table spoons of oil and mix. Then slowly add in the all purpose flour and mix till its not too sticky in the bowl, and cover with a damp cloth for about an hour so it can rise.
And voila! You have dough. Store it in the deep freezer, and use as required 😀
For this, I scooped some up and slathered on the ketchup. Notice how I used it sparingly? You do not want to cake it in ketchup or whatever sauce you use, or your toppings will just float ontop. Rookie mistake, that one, and one I made the very first time I tried. Ergh is all I have to say.
Next, add on your toppings. Yes, these are potatoes on my pizza. That’s one of the reasons I like to make it at home – I can make my pizza as heavy or light as I want it to be. I use potatoes when I need it to be an actual meal as opposed to a snack and it works out great.
Here’s what you do – slice the potatoes into round slices and boil in garlic and black pepper. Do not let them fully cook, or you’ll end up with broken pieces like I have in the picture.
Next, put them ontop of your raw dough and pop in the oven for a solid 4 minutes, depending on how thick your dough crust is. The point is to roast the potatoes so they cook properly and get a little crunchy, while starting the cooking process for your dough.
Take it out before the dough fully cooks, and add on the rest of your toppings. I used shredded chicken, onions, garlic and bell peppers. I sprinkled drops of oil over everything and put it back in the oven for a few more minutes, basically eyeballing the thing.
You can also poke the dough to test how raw vs cooked it actually is. The final step is to take it out and put your cheese on it.
I grated this right over the steaming pizza so I’d have fresh cheese, as well as control over how well it falls on the toppings.
I put it back in for about a minute or so, just so the cheese would melt. I’ve learnt the hard way that if you put it the cheese too early, it starts to overcook and brown on top before the rest of the pizza is ready. So, you know, don’t.
And voila!! The final product.
Yes, the side is sliced off because I was starved and I totally forgot that I was taking pictures of it lol. But this is the final product. The very first image in this article is of another pizza I made a while back, that time using shredded beef instead of chicken. Yum yum, I tell you.
Thanks for reading!! Also, this outfit post will be up later this week. Have an amazing rest of the week! 😀