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It has cheese.. What could go wrong?
This is my family's recipe for what is quite possibly the region's most popular dish. Enjoy!

Posted by Betty K. from New York, New York, United States • Published See Betty K.'s 15 projects »

  • Step 1

    In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, undissolved yeast and salt. Stir very warm water and olive oil into dry ingredients. Stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough.

  • Step 2

    Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic (about 4 to 6 minutes). Cover; let rest on floured surface 10 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Lightly oil 1 (14 inch) or 2 (12 inch) round pizza pans. If you don't have a pizza pan you can use a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with cornmeal. Shape dough into smooth ball. Divide and roll dough to fit desired pans.

  • Step 4

    Top pizza as desired. For a traditional "plain pie" top with a layer of tomato sauce topped and shredded mozzarella cheese on top. You can season the sauce layer with some oregano, basil and garlic as desired. Additional popular toppings include sliced pepperoni, crumbled sausage, sliced mushrooms, onions or peppers.

  • Step 5

    Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 - 30 minutes, until crust is lightly golden and toppings are melted and cooked through. Cooking time will vary depending on the size, thickness of crust and selected toppings.

  • Step 6

    Other Options:
    Divide the crust into smaller single serve pizzas. This is great if everyone wants different toppings or to freeze some and use them over a couple weeks.

    You can make the pizzas in advance and freeze them. Bake them at 425 degrees Fahrenheit if they are frozen.

    Topping options are really endless. Leave out the sauce for a "white pie" adding some ricotta cheese with the mozzarella. Go for all veggies to make it a little healthier or go for bacon, sausage and pepperoni for the exact opposite. Fancier options like slices of grilled chicken breast, roast peppers, fresh mozzarella and a honey mustard sauce are great too. Have fun and experiment.

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