Saturday, December 29, 2012

Homemade Southern Style Pizza with Publix Pizza Dough

New York pizza is great, but that's not to say you can't make a great pizza down south!

If you visit this blog with any frequency you will probably notice that I'll be writing about shopping at Publix Supermarket....a lot!!! Most of us who live in Florida love shopping there, and when I travel up north I'm hard pressed to find a supermarket that I like as much. Here's a great idea for a fun meal, delicious and easy, we actually made these on Christmas Day.

Homemade Southern Style Pizza (my daughter's recipe)

Publix fresh pizza dough (one ball of dough makes one pizza)
Small can of tomato paste
Mozzarella cheese (whole unshredded)
Olive oil and salt to taste
Topping such as olives, onions, peppers, pepperoni etc. as desired
(We made 4 different pizzas with 4 different toppings)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Sprinkle flour on the area you plan to work on, and flour your dough. Roll out the dough until it is large enough to fit in the pizza pan you plan to use. Flour the bottom of the pan, and spread the dough out evenly on it. For the sauce, open your can of tomato paste and put about half of it in a bowl. Add a small amount (about 1-2 tbsp) of olive oil to the paste, and add some salt if desired. Mix with a large spoon until blended. Use the bottom of the spoon to spread the sauce on the pizza, a thin and even layer. Shred a block of fresh mozzarella cheese: it comes out much tastier if you don't use the pre-shredded kind. Sprinkle the cheese over the sauce. Add toppings if desired. Put the pizza in the oven (middle rack), and keep it in for about 10 minutes, or until the dough and cheese have a golden color.

You will be rethinking your next trip to the local commercial pizza establishment when you taste how good this homemade pizza is!!! Enjoy!!!

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