family secrets revealed!

Growing up, the one thing that we always begged for was Mom's homemade pizza.  Simple but delicious, it was the first thing I learned to cook when I moved out and still provides the base for dinner several times a month.  I'm pretty sure the secret is the crust.

I've made it with spinach, chicken, and pesto cream sauce, jalapenos & green chiles (a favorite), with matching cheese sticks:
With barbecue chicken and onions:
And most recently as the base of the caramelized onion experiment:

Here's how I do it!

Mix 1 packet of rapid rise yeast with 1 cup of warm (but not hot) water.  
Stir in 1TSP sugar and 1TBSP oil.  I usually throw in a pinch of salt here as well.
Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes.
Add 1/2 cup of flour at a time, mixing thoroughly.  I use whole wheat flour, and it takes just a little over 2 cups of flour before the dough is right.  White flour takes about 3 cups.  
Pat the dough lump with flour and put it in a dark cool place to rise.  I usually leave it at least a 1/2 hour.
Preheat the over to 425┬║.

Grease a cookie sheet.  
Knead/press the dough out flat to cover the cookie sheet.
Mix a can of tomato sauce with cayenne pepper, garlic powder, basil, a can of green chiles, & a can of jalapenos.
Spread sauce mixture on crust.
Top with cheese.
Cook for 15-18 minutes at 425┬║.  I like my cheese brown and crunchy but if you like yours bubbly don't cook it as long.

Happy Friday!


  1. Homemade pizza - awesome! It's the best thing ever to make. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  2. YUM. I'm trying it as soon as I have our kitchen back.

  3. we make homemade pizza all the time but just buy a ball of whole wheat dough from the local pizza joint! this sounds pretty easy (and cheaper!)

    LOVE the idea of jalapenos and green chili's. YUMMMMM and yes, we like the cheese JUST LIKE THAT!
    Happy eating.

  4. Soo, after thinking about that Chili pizza all day, guess what?
    yup, dinner tonight!! thanks :)

  5. I'm so stealing this!
    We need to chat damnit!!!

  6. looks amazing. i think i will have to make a pizza night very soon...


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