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CATLADY52's Photo Posts: 13,288
11/21/09 2:22 P

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Your reipie has made it's way into y cookbook and I can hardly wait to try it.


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11/21/09 9:26 A

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I built a stone oven in my backyard to make pizzas in so we do pizza at least once a week in the summer.

You could use a baking stone in your oven or just use a layer of firebrick to cook on.

Here is my crust recipe:
3-3 1/2 cups flour
1 pack yeast (I buy bulk yeast and use a Tbs)
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
2 Tbs olive oil

mix 2 c flour, yeast and salt, then stir in olive oil and water, add enough flour to form a soft dough.
let rise 10 min
punch down and shape, sprinkle cornmeal on pan to keep from sticking.

(okay it has olive oil in it, that is pure fat, but it is a heart healthy fat)

as far as toppings
Sauce: My daughters and I get out a can of crushed tomatoes (in the summer we use fresh), and start adding herbs and spices, they stop and smell and taste each ingredient and take lots of tastes as we simmer the sauce. Then whomever did most of the work gets to name the sauce, so it can be Marie's Special Sauce, Elise's Special Sauce, or Toby's Special Sauce.

A low moisture skim milk mozzarella seems to be less greasy and have a good structure for pizza.

I use a lot of fresh veggies and herbs as toppings.

My daughters favorite: Cheese Pizza (hey if the sauce and crust is amazing, you don't need much else)

I am partial to ditching the mozzarella and sauce and just sprinkling a little olive oil on the crust, sprinkle with a garlic herb blend, add some chopped fresh basil, slices of garlic, olives, red onions and feta cheese. I call it a greek pizza and it is amazing (once again olive oil has fat, but a heart healthy kind.

you can ditch the cheese altogether, and just put on a lot of toppings.

If you have a great flavor, you don't need a lot of cheese and that will help remove a lot of the fat. Consider the cheese as a sprinkling on top of the veggies.

(side note: hey sometimes having a bit of fat will reduce the cravings, so if you have an awesome italian sausage and one slice of pizza will satisfy you then go that route if you would otherwise eat a whole cheese pizza to get satisfied.)

Good Luck.

(oh yeah, if you are trying to increase your veggie intake steam some broccoli or spinach, then puree it and add it to the sauce. It is sneaky but my kids end up eating a lot of veggies that way.)

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11/21/09 8:55 A

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Hello, I have been pigging out on pizza this week even though as I was eating it I noticed that it was extremely greasy. Plus the sauce was very sweet. So it seemed like I was eating fat and sugar. Does any one have a good pizza recipe - you know one that tastes good and is actually good for your body?

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