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Ok, I admit it.  I have a great recipe for pizza dough and sauce… and I keep trying new ones.  Then I end up confessing that they are not as good as my sister-in-law’s recipe, and go back to it yet again.  I should stick to what I know!  Plus, her sauce is amazing and I make it any time I need a simple tomato sauce.  It’s great for dipping breadsticks, or for homemade pizza.  I do like making my own dough, and it’s a fun thing that you can do and then freeze the balls of uncooked dough for use on a busy weeknight.

Tonight I topped a pizza with marinated artichokes, sliced plum tomatoes, mushrooms, vidalia onions, and herbed feta cheese (no sauce).  It was good, but my husband and I agree it could use a meat topping… something salty like proscuitto.   I did make my sister-in-law’s sauce just for son’s pizza.  He topped his with turkey pepperoni, mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese.  I love that he loves cooking with Mom!

My Sister-in-law’s Famous Pizza

Pizza Crust
1 package rapid rise active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2 1/2 cups flour plus another 1/2 cup for kneading
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt

Dissolve yeast in warm water in a medium bowl with sugar until foam floats (about 5 minutes).  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Beat vigorously until mixed.

Turn out on to a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic.  Spray a bowl lightly with olive oil spray.  Place dough in the bowl and cover with a towel and let rise for 15 minutes.

Grease a pizza pan with olive oil spray and spread dough out as thin as possible.  Start working the dough outward from the circle and it will stretch with some patience and pressure.  Top with sauce, cheese, and toppings and cook in a preheated 425 degree oven for 20 minutes.

Pizza Sauce
8 ounces canned tomato sauce
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
dash red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/8 teaspoon dried basil.
1/8 teaspoon chopped garlic or 1 garlic clove, minced

Mix all together and let sit until ready to use.  This sauce is a little spicy.  It goes wonderfully with proscuitto on your pizza.


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  1. Bob Says:

    Ok, Margo. I’m gonna try the sauce for sure. It sounds pretty darn good. I make my own dough (New York style thin) though and I think it is pretty fantastic. I’m happy to send you the recipe if you’d like. Let me know!

  2. Margo Says:

    Bob – I’d love the recipe! Please send it! Thanks!

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