Friday, August 10, 2012

Quick Sauce & Quick Pizza Dough, No Rise, No Fail & Grilled Pizza

If you've ever wished to have pizza for lunch or dinner, but don't have store bought or homemade dough on hand, this is a great "go to" pizza dough for a quick pizza.  It's delicious, but does not have the same texture as a dough that has had time to rise.

Gadgets you'll be using: food processor, rolling pin, BBQ grill (I have the Weber Q), or cast iron stove top grill, cutting board, pizza cutter.

Dough: (makes two rectangular pizzas - approx size 9" x 14")

3 cups all purpose  flour
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 package dry active yeast or 2 1/4 tsp. yeast granules
1 cup warm water (100 - 110 degrees)
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

Put all the above ingredients in the order given into a food processor, mix/pulse  flour, salt, sugar, yeast together.

Divide dough in half. Roll each piece of dough into a thin rectangle.
Heat grill to 400 degrees. (High)
Oil grates with olive, vegetable, or canola oil.
Have a tray two long spatulas and with your toppings* close by the grill.

Put one of the pieces of dough onto the oiled grates.  Let it cook until the bottom shows nice, dark grill marks.  Get your two spatulas, put them both underneath the pizza dough, lift and flip.
Reduce heat to Medium.
Quickly add your toppings.
Close the grill lid, cook for approximately 2 -3 minutes.
Check to see that the cheese is melted and that the bottom crust has dark grill marks.
Remove to a cutting board, let set for a minute, cut and serve.

Shredded or a cut up whole ball of mozzarella (and parmesan if you like).
Any toppings you happen to like on pizza.
Homemade Quick Sauce* or tomato sauce from a jar

I had a video to go with the above recipe. My camera angle was a bit off and, sadly, the end result was not blog worthy.

*Homemade Quick Sauce:

1 28 oz. can kitchen ready tomatoes
1 Tbsp. tomato paste
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup cut onions or shallots
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. Italian seasoning, or Basil (dry)

In a medium saucepan, add oil, saute onions over medium heat.
Add the remaining ingredients. Cook for 15 minutes.
Note:  If you have time, add 28 oz. water to the sauce  (just fill the empty tomato can) with the remainder of the tomato paste cook for about 30 minutes, and you'll have a bigger batch of sauce for pasta or more pizza.

Not the best video, but hopefully, you'll get the idea.

Can opener that I've used in other Kitchen Gadget posts. I've had this one for a few years and use it as my primary can opener. The batteries seem to last a long time.  If you have a Tuesday Morning nearby, they have them there.

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