It’s a pizza time, Dude!
Today is Wednesday, May 30th. Today, like everyday, I plan to cook something good in the kitchen….will she love it? Who knows, even if she does, the title says she won’t so I think we will keep everything consistent….
So let’s start with the fact that home-made pizza costs more than Little Ceasar’s $5 Pizza, or even a Tombstone Pizza. I have no idea why, but if you are doing this cooking thing to save money, I will stop you right now and tell you to get in the car and make a Caesar’s run. You could probably even grab some bread sticks or cheese bread and come out ahead. I will guess my recipe will cost you in the $12 to $14 range but taste as good as a Lupi’s pizza. If you are looking for an easy pizza recipe that will deliver a pizza as good as a Lupi’s Pizza, then keep reading below.
I will start with a pre-made crust from Pillsbury. You could buy a mix, or use flour and yeast to make the crust, but I have had very little luck doing it the hard way (this would save you $3 or so since a package of pizza dough is about 59 cents in comparison).
Also, the clean-up of flour is not fun. On the other hand, making it this way is more fun and authentic, so if you have a wife that loves to clean the kitchen, go for it… the directions are on the bag. Follow them to the T, then come back and finish up with my directions.
Okay, let’s get started. Here is what you will need for the pizza:
- Pizza pan or cake pan…very important, some people don’t have one of these. If you buy one, get a non-stick pan. It will make life easier.
- one tube of pizza crust, sold next to biscuit tubes in Dairy. (I got Pillsbury, for some reason Bi-Lo Brand does not rise very well).
- some spaghetti or pizza sauce (They are essentially the same. Pizza Sauce is slightly thicker but it costs more, and you can use spaghetti Sauce later in the week if you close the jar tightly and put it in the fridge)
- 1/2 pound of hamburger
- 1/2 onion (chop up the other 1/2, and freeze can be used later)
- 1 green pepper
- sliced portobello mushrooms
- 1 to 2 packs of mozzarella cheese
- olive oil
Okay, let’s get started…This should make a huge Pizza that will feed 6 or so people. We got about 10 big slices out of it, leftovers for a few days…especially if you add a salad. (My wife didn’t get one, and she let me know how important a salad is. Interesting trivia: adding a salad is a cost saving idea if you are trying to feed several people, since vegetables will trick their stomachs into feeling full, leaving more pizza for you. Make sure to brag about this great salad, then even put some on your plate so they think that salads are great, or use salad bowls, leaving you with four slices and everyone else with one, they will never wise up to this trick.)
- **Before we start, this is for a hamburger, onion, mushroom, and green pepper pizza. I have found that over 5 toppings does not make a good pizza.
- Also I chose the above toppings because they where in the fridge, you can go with whatever you want…
Here is the recipe:
- First, pre-heat the oven to 400 Degrees.
- Now use the Crisco to grease the pizza pan (I use a paper towel to keep it off my hands)
- Now put the pizza crust on the pizza pan. There should be a cut in the dough so that it can roll out. Then you will need to spread the dough out and mend together any spaces/holes if you don’t do this correctly. The crust will separate, as you will see in my pizza.
- Very important: this is a step that I never knew to do. Once the oven is preheated, set timer to 8 minutes. (If you don’t do this then your crust will not cook correctly it will still be raw under the sauce.)
- Put the crust in the oven on the middle shelf.
- Get a skillet out and cook the hamburger.
- Drain the grease from the hamburger.
- Now chop the green pepper.(Don’t forget to cut out the heart. That’s the thing with seeds on it)
- (I decided to pre-cook all the vegetables, but whether you want to do it is up to you. I have down it both ways, but I think this way is better).
- Now take the skillet and put some olive oil in it.
- Cook the green pepper and put it on the side.
- Now get out the onion and chop it.
- Cook the mushrooms and put them off to the side.
- Once the pizza is pre-cooked, spread about a 1/2 cup of sauce on it. Spread it in a circular motion, then put the meat, onions, peppers, and mushrooms on the pizza.
- Now its time to put the cheese on the pizza. I have found that one bag is not enough you will need another 1/4 a bag. Also, mozzarella is the best for pizza.
- Set the timer for another 10 minutes…and put the pizza in the oven on the middle shelf.
- Take it out of the oven, and let it sit for about 5 minutes.
- Now move the pizza from the pan to a cutting board. If you cut it on the pan you might damage the it. You know what your pan can handle.
- Slice and serve.