We've accidentally developed a little pizza night tradition in our family. Somehow, Sunday nights became synonymous with pizza just as much as Sunday mornings are with pancakes. We are creatures of habit and when it comes to two of our favorite foods, why not?! After realizing that we were spending quite a bit each month on weekly pizza nights, we decided to start making our own, with the occasional ordering out. We've experimented with a couple different crust recipes, and made some fun discoveries, including the best breadsticks ever. These aren't so much my own originals, but more of my collection of pizza night favorites in case my girls ever find their sentimental sides and want to duplicate it someday (hey, a mama can hope, right?). Here's how our family does Sunday pizza night:
Martha Stewart's Quick Basic Pizza Dough - this dough is not only easy, but also super versatile. It makes a nice hand-tossed or thin crust and THE BEST BREADSTICKS! I like to use 3 c. all-purpose and 1 c. whole wheat flour.
- 2 packets (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for bowl and brushing
- 2 teaspoons coarse salt
- 4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for work surface
- Pour 1 1/2 cups warm water into a large bowl; sprinkle with yeast and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
- Whisk sugar, oil, and salt into yeast mixture. Add flour and stir until a sticky dough forms. Transfer dough to an oiled bowl and brush top with oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draft-free place until dough has doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and gently knead 1 or 2 times before using.
- To freeze, you can wrap the dough in plastic and freeze it in a resealable freezer bag for up to 3 months. If you plan to use it in a recipe that calls for half a batch, divide it before freezing.