Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Inside-out Pizza

Every other Saturday here is movie night. Part of the fun is the mystery of the movie: Scott and I pick it, and it's a secret until the house lights go down and the screen lights go up. So far we've seen everything from classics like "The Wizard of Oz" and "The Dark Crystal" to new movies like "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" and "Up."

But the other part of the fun is the special dinner and/or drinks we have in front of the TV, which is also a mystery until movie time.

Last week the mystery dinner was Inside-Out pizza, deemed by the kids as good a delivery from Papa John's. And at $2.50 a serving (vs. a minimum of $5.50 a serving for delivery), it was a hit with mom and dad too. And best yet, you can fill it with your favorite toppings.

Inside-Out Pizza

You can either use prepared pizza dough available in the refrigerator section of many grocery stores, or make your own:
1 2/3 cups to 2 1/4 cups flour
1 package yeast (Fleichman's has a pizza yeast, and I used that. But any yeast would do)
1 T sugar
1 tsp. salt
3 T olive oil
1 cup warm water
In a stand mixer with a dough hook, mix together 1 cup flour and the rest of the ingredients. Add remaining flour until dough forms a ball. Remove from mixer and kneed until smooth, about 5 minutes. Form into a ball and let sit 10 minutes.
Stretch/roll dough to form a rectangle that's about 12"x8"
Spread toppings to within an inch of dough.
Working from long end, roll dough slowly. Pinch seam together and tuck and pinch ends.
Let sit 10 minutes.
1 egg
1 T water
Whisk together and brush over top of bread
Preheat oven to 400 F. Bake until bread is cooked through and golden on top, about 20 minutes.
Slice into 1" pieces and serve with bottled pizza sauce (for dipping)

Topping suggestions:
-- Pepperoni, sweet Italian sausage (remove from casings, break up while cooking through), mozzarella and Parmesan
-- Mozzarella and Parmesan (for the kids who like their pizza plain).
-- Mushrooms (saute in butter, cool completely); chopped spinach (1 box frozen, thawed and squeezed throughly dry), mozzarella, feta or goat cheese (optional)
-- Deli ham, salami and cheese (Swiss, American or mozzarella).
-- Your favorites!

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