Before I got married I had never attempted to make pizza dough from scratch. I assumed it would be too difficult or too time consuming, so I didn’t even bother looking for a recipe. At my bridal shower my mom gave me a pizza cookbook that featured a recipe for crust and many different topping combinations. I decided to try making the dough since I didn’t want the book to go to waste…I was surprised at how EASY it was! The whole process took me about an hour and a half, and that includes the rise time, prep and cooking times!
Looks delish, right? The idea for a cheeseburger pizza came after David and I ordered one from a nearby pizzeria and it was so good we went back a few days later only to find they had mysteriously closed down. Thankfully there was a grocery store across the street so I decided to just buy all the ingredients to make it myself. As I said before, it’s ridiculously easy and doesn’t take that much time.
- 1.5 teaspoons dry active yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 cups whole wheat flour (plus more for dusting)
- olive oil
- 1 pound lean ground beef, browned
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- ⅓ cup tomato sauce
- ⅓ cup chopped onion
- To make the crust place the yeast in a large bowl and add the warm water. Stir gently until the yeast is frothy.
- Wait about 10 minutes and add the flour to the bowl. Mix well.
- Dust a clean work surface (such as a counter) with flour and scrape the dough onto it.
- Flour your hands and knead the dough for about 10 minutes. The dough is ready when you see air bubbles under the surface.
- Lightly coat a large, clean bowl with olive oil and place the dough inside. Cover with a clean towel and let the dough rise, undisturbed for about 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Stretch the dough out (using your hands) onto a pizza pan or pizza stone. You can make it as thick or thin as you want!
- Spread on the sauce, then cheese and meats.
- Cook for about 15 minutes, until cheese bubbles and crust is crispy.
- Slice and serve!
I know it looks like a lot of steps, but it’s REALLY simple! When I make the dough I use my stand mixer with a dough hook attachment, instead of kneading by hand. The result is the same but less messy since I don’t have flour all over the counter. Just be sure to use a dough hook, not a regular mixer blade!
Just look at all that melty goodness! Feel free to play around with the toppings to create something that suits your family’s tastes. We have used this crust to make traditional pepperoni pizza and it is just as delicious.
The pizza stone shown above was a wedding present and it has proven very useful! It’s actually not just for pizza (the person who gave it to us said she uses it for chicken too!) but that is all we have attempted so far. David just told me we should use it more often! The brand we use is available for purchase online and I highly recommend it! We’ve been using ours for nearly 3 years and love it!
Making pizza at home is something we enjoy doing together, since David is an excellent dough stretcher! It’s fun picking out toppings and creating a meal as a couple. I do 99% of the cooking, but I always enjoy the opportunity to cook with David. Pizza making would also be great for children because it’s a relatively simple way to get them involved in making their own food. You could even divide the pizza into sections and each person gets to put whatever toppings they like on their part (David and I usually do this, with a clear pepperoni line down the middle!).
I do hope you try out this recipe! Be sure to come back and tell me about it:) I’m on Facebook daily!
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