We get a lot of visitors from Ontario at all times of the year, because both my husband and myself are in fact the only ones from either family that moved more than an hour from home. We moved across the country (3,000 km) into the mountains of beautiful British Columbia, more specifically we moved to Sparwood, a small town in the East Kootenay’s. Bizarre, I know, but the lifestyle and good jobs brought us here, the view and my stellar personality are what brings people out to visit. Now being in a small town means that we don’t have a lot of options for eating out, and the ones we have can get expensive, so we have worked out a meal plan for guests that includes making pizza at home.
It’s a pretty basic meal, but with the multitude of options that can be had for toppings, and the ability to customize to each persons taste, you’re sure to have a crowd pleaser. We have a big garden and an abundance of tomatoes, so we did make our own pizza sauce this year, but have used the canned stuff in the past. Depending on the time of year we cook the pizza in the oven or on the BBQ. My particular favourite is the BBQ, it’s fast, as in 5-7 mins fast and it tastes so good, but in the winter that’s not such a good option, so a really hot oven will do in a pinch.
We make enough dough for each person to have their own pizza or at least half a pizza. The dough recipe is good for two medium pizzas, approx. 12″ across.
The toppings are then chopped and diced and set up on the counter so that each person can pick and choose what they want however they want it. The options are endless, and entirely up to your own personal preference.
Some of the toppings we’ve offered have included:
- Peppers; spicy banana peppers, sweet peppers, roasted peppers, jalapeño, etc.
- Meats; salami, pepperoni, leftover chicken, etc.
- Vegetables; sliced garlic, sliced shallots, fresh tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, etc.
- Cheese; goat, feta, and mozzarella of course
You get the idea.
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 envelope yeast
- 1 egg -1 tbsp salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 cups flour
- 1 1/2 tbsp dried basil
- 1 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
DirectionsCombine; warm water, sugar and yeast. Let rest about 10mins to activate the yeast.
In a large bowl mix 1 cup of flour with the basil, oregano, salt, egg, and olive oil with the yeast mixture.
Add the remaining 3 cups of flour until just combined, then turn out onto the counter and knead for 10 minutes, or until the dough is no longer sticky.
Spray a bowl large enough to allow the dough to rise with cooking spray. Add the dough ball and spray that as well. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and put somewhere warm to rise.
Allow the dough to rise for a couple of hours or until it has doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 425deg or the BBQ to 500deg.
Turn the dough out onto a hard surface and cut in half for two pizzas or smaller if personal pizzas are desired.
Flatten the dough to remove all the built up gas, then spread out into a pie shape and put on the pizza pan.
Spread the pizza sauce evenly all over the dough, then add mozzarella and toppings to your hearts content.
Cook the pizza in the oven for 17mins or on the BBQ for 5-7mins.