I’ve been experimenting much more often in the kitchen, which means Boyfriend and I eat out less often. His favorite meal to eat out is from a DIY pizza joint. He makes a huge buffalo chicken pizza with all of his favorites. I’d never made homemade pizza, but I took a shot at recreating his restaurant creation. It’s not really my own recipe, but it’s a step toward making my own recipes!
I used Martha Stewart’s recipe for pizza crust. We’ll start there!
- 2 packets (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
1) Pour 1 1/2 cups warm water into a large bowl. Gently stir in the yeast and let stand for about 5 minutes.
Make sure the yeast hasn’t expired.
2) Whisk sugar, oil, and salt into the bowl with the yeast. Add the flour and stir.
3) Spread oil on the inside of a glass bowl. Transfer the dough into the bowl. Brush the top of the dough with olive oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let the dough sit for an hour or so until the dough is doubled in size.
I like to turn my oven on low for about 1-2 minutes, then turn the oven off and place the dough inside the oven. This keeps the dough warm and unaffected by any drafts. As long as your house is warm enough, there shouldn’t be an issue with leaving it wrapped on the counter.
4) Once the dough has risen, knead the dough a few times on a flat, floured surface.
I do something a little different. I “punch” the dough to deflate it, then recover and let it rise again for another 30 minutes. This makes a very “bready” dough that rises high.
5) Place the dough on a pizza pan. Roll or press the dough into a circle. Curl the outer edges of the dough toward the center (to make that edge you usually see on pizza).
Now for toppings!
- Herbed butter, about 1/4 cup, melted
- Spicy buffalo sauce, about 1/2 cup
- Mozzarella, about 1-2 cups, shredded
- Parmesan, about 1/2 cup, shaved or shredded
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- Fresh basil
- Red onion, sliced
- Buffalo chicken pieces
Notes about the Ingredients: To make your own herbed butter, I usually melt butter and add in garlic powder, Italian spices, and onion powder. As for buffalo chicken, we get pre-cooked, grilled chicken breast which we soak in buffalo sauce. None of this is really exact, especially since Boyfriend loves to pour as much as he can onto a pizza.
6) Brush the dough with herbed butter so the entire crust is covered, including the edges.
7) Brush or pour buffalo sauce over the crust, this time avoiding the edges.
8) Sprinkle the mozzarella and Parmesan over the buttered crust.
9) Sprinkle the garlic and herbs over the cheese. Try to distribute evenly.
10) Sprinkle red onions, then buffalo chicken on the pizza. Finish with pepperoni.
Boyfriend likes to “fill up the empty spaces” with pepperoni.
11) Bake ???
Final Thoughts: I like a thicky, bready crust, so this may not be for you if you prefer thin crust. I love the crust, as does Boyfriend. The toppings are much better suited to Boyfriend’s tastes. My ideal toppings would include herbed butter, cheese, spinach, mushrooms, plain chicken, and olives. Then I’d probably drizzle the cooked pizza with some of my fig balsamic vinegar from Colorado. If you haven’t had balsamic vinegar and pizza, you’re missing out!
Did you try Boyfriend’s toppings, or did you substitute your own? Post pictures of your pizza creations!