And thanks be to God I'm back as I've got what will certainly be the most talked about HuSi cooking episode of ALL TIME. Home-made Veggie Pizza!!!
First, as always, get all your crap ready to go. There's nothing worse than making a gourmet dish only to find out you forgot to buy something, so lay it all out and make sure you've got all the ingredients:
Take note, the Betty Crocker crust mix is just a prop, I made it from scratch, okay, so just cram all those "you should have made the crust from scratch blah blah blah" comments, okay? Okay. Next, lets chop up all the veggies. I'm going with olives, onions, peppers, tomatoes and some zingy pepper rings, plus some fat-free mozzarella cheese. Of course you can put whatever you want on your pizza, but since this is my pizza, I'm putting what I want on it. Okay? So chop chop chop and cram all your toppings in a little bowl. Of course I only use home-made bowls as those are the best.
Mmmmmm. Next you whip up the dough. Just follow the directions and you can't go wrong. Here's a shot of my dough rising in a bowl. Note, that's a home-made towel that I knitted myself, those are the best towels to use when covering home-made dough.
Next you slop some grease on the pizza sheet and slather the crust stuff all over it. I like doughy pizza's so I always double the crust part so it's nice and thick.
ADVANCED COOKING TOPIC - If you're new to cooking you may want to skip this as it's a rather advanced technique. Right. As my crust is thick I've found it best to partially pre-cook the crust prior to putting any toppings on it:
I usually give it about 5 or 6 minutes then take it out and start with the toppings. But first you want to put on your pizza sauce. Of course I made mine from scratch, with ingredients that were all grown from scratch and whatnot:
Mmmmmmm. Next you dump all your toppings on. Mmmmmm.
Mmmmmmm. Then you put the cheese on and it's ready for the oven!!
Make sure you have the proper temperature or you'll end up with a crap pizza. I usually go by looks and not by time when deciding to take it out. Let the crust get brown then yank that baby out.
Wooooo!! It's almost dinner time!! Note - the fat free cheese doesn't cook up so well, but it tastes okay, so while it's not the best cheese option it works okay if you're trying to live forever and whatnot.
And now it's time to eat! Bon Apetit!
And that concludes this very special episode of Cooking With Bob. Be sure to tune in next week when I show you how to feed a family of 20 with nothing more than 6 Zagnut candy bars and a quart of Sugar Free fruit punch!
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