Date Night Tradition

Happy weekend!
If you’re here, you most likely saw my Instagram post about my childhood Friday night tradition! If you didn’t see it, I talked about how my mom ALWAYS made pizza on Friday nights from the time I was a kid all throughout high school. I carried this tradition with me when I left for college, probably because it reminded me of home & it’s hard being young & moving away from your Mom lollll.  I didn’t meet Brian until late my Junior year of college so this tradition was already set in stone so Brian naturally adopted it as well (like he had a choice ;)). My grandpa was the one who started it & would make homemade pizza, complete with a homemade sauce, with my mom & uncles! A couple of years ago I found out that all of my uncles did the same for my cousins when they were young & now my cousins follow the same tradition like I do.
Cool how family traditions work!

Friday Pizza Night is a thing in our house & I’m excited to continue the tradition if we ever have kiddos someday! We were getting Pizza Hut every week for a couple years but I’ve grown more health conscious & really been diving into what ingredients are put into fast food items. I’m not saying I’ll never get take out pizza again, but we don’t order from Pizza Hut every week anymore, probably once a month/once every other month!
I’ve learned that homemade pizza tastes 10x better AND it’s fun to make together so we turn it into a date night!

The best recipe I’ve found is from The Kitchn! (yes it’s spelled correctly ;)) The dough is really simple & best part: These take a total of 30 minutes to make!

This recipe makes 2, 10 inch pizzas & serves 4!

Dough ingredients
3/4c lukewarm water
1tsp active dry yeast
2 cups all purpose flour (we used whole wheat)
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp olive oil

Toppings
1/2 c pizza sauce (1/4 per pizza) We used Green Mill’s sauce!
1c cheese blend of choice (we used thick cut mozzarella & shredded parmesan)
Any additional toppings you choose! We used turkey pepperoni, yellow onion & pineapple

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Directions

1) Preheat oven to 450º & place the rack of the BOTTOM 1/3 of the oven.
Place a baking sheet in the oven while it preheats
This is a hack I learned from The Kitchn, you don’t need a pizza stone this way.

2.) Pour water + yeast into a mixing bowl, stir & let stand 5 minutes

3.) Add flour & salt. Mix with a wooden spoon until dough forms.

4.) Once dough is formed, transfer to a smooth space & knead 5-8 minutes.

5.) Cover the dough with your original bowl (upside down over the dough) & let rise for 10 minutes.

6.) Prepare your toppings! Wash, chop, mince, whatever you gotta do!

7.) Divide your dough into 2 equal parts & roll into 2 10 inch pizzas, ours was about 1/4 inch thick!

8) Carefully remove your baking sheet from the oven & place upside down on the stove. Spray your baking sheet with non stick spray, Put your first pizza on top. Brush with 1tsp olive oil (we put ours in a little container & added garlic powder!), add your sauce & toppings making sure to leave a border for the crust.

9) Bake until golden brown. Ours took 10-11 minutes!

10) Repeat steps 8 & 9 for pizza number two!

Enjoy!

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