Friday, July 31, 2009

Pizza Fridays Forever

It's become a tradition in our house to have pizza on Friday nights. For me, it signals that the weekend is finally here, and that it's time to relax and find solace with some casual and comfort fare. We used to buy a frozen pie and throw it in the oven for 20 minutes when we got home, but once I ventured out and made my own dough from scratch, we haven't looked back.

Homemade pizza yields something so delicious, you could never find it in a box. The dough is hearty, using whole-wheat flour, the sauce tangy and a bit spicy, the veggies a bit undercooked to maintain their crispness and the cheese plentiful and gooey. It pairs beautifully with both red wine and beer. Many of my favorite memories with Kendall focus around watching David Brooks and Mark Shields row over the past week in politics, nodding or wincing, sipping heartily and eating pizza.

I found the dough recipe in the Betty Crocker cookbook, and the sauce, I tweek every time, depending on what I have on hand. But here's a rough idea...

Laura's Pizza Sauce
1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
1 clove minced garlic
1/4-1/2 C fresh basil, oregano, sage if you have it, or dried herbs (I use Herbes de Provence frequently)(1-2 tsp or Tbsp depending on your taste)
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt & Pepper to taste


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