Sunday, June 27, 2010

Pizza Dough

This makes one pizza, the size of a pampered chef pizza stone
I double the recipe for my family of 6


2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon pure olive oil
3/4 cup warm water
1 teaspoon instant yeast (can use rapid rise)

2 cups bread flour
2 teaspoons olive oil
Olive oil, for the pizza crust
Corn Meal, for dusting the pizza stone


Place the first 5 ingredients into your mixer with the paddle attachment. Let sit a min to let yeast activate.
Add one cup of flour, mix, then switch to dough hook
Add the rest of the flour one cup at a time until smooth consistency.

You can let the dough knead in the mixer or by hand. ( I prefer by hand) Watch for the window pain to check if kneading is done.

Now place dough in glass bowl, take the tsp. olive oil and rub over dough, cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge for 24 hours. Then dump dough out onto table and let sit a min, covered with towel. Then roll out.

If you choose NOT to wait 24 hours keep on going- it will still be yummy.

If you have doubled the recipe split your dough, and then roll out to pan size.
Brush stone with olive oil and corn meal, place dough on stone. Roll edge for the crust then brush with olive oil.
Top your pizza
Bake 450 on lowest rack until nice a brown
Take out and slide off the stone, let sit for 5 min. before slicing.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Schlotzsky's Deli Turkey Melt

I LOVE sandwiches, especially in the summer months.

1/2 C Chopped pitted olives (for olive haters you can omit this)
1/2 t Chili Powder (if you want less kick only use 1/8 t)
1/2 Cumin
1/4 t Salt
1/4 C green onions
2 T sour cream
2 T Mayonnaise or salad dressing
4 Kaiser Rolls or hoagie buns
1/2 pound thinly sliced turkey
1/2 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 C Shredded Monterey Jack cheese (with jalapenos if you want kick)
Tomato slices
Tabasco sauce- optional of course

Preheat oven to 350. In a small bowl combine the olives, chili powder, cumin and salt. Add green onions, sour cream and mayo. Mix all together. Take out couple tablespoons for reserve.
Spread mixture over cut side of hoagie bottoms, place face open on cookie sheet. Top with turkey slices, sprinkle with cheeses and reserves mixture, then tomato slices.
Cover loosely with foil and bake for 15 -20 min

Makes four whole sandwiches.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Cheesy Italian Pasta Bake

(super blurry pic- sorry, had to get it quick before they ate it all!)

Just grabbed this from Mira's house- trying to take all her good recipes before she leaves!


3 Cups dry penne pasta
1 T Butter
2 T Flour
1 1/4 Cup Milk
1/2 tsp Dry basil
1/4 tsp Dry Oregano
1/4 tsp Dry Thyme
1-2 Cloves garlic
8oz Tomato sauce
1 Egg
1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese
2 T Parmesan Cheese
3 T Seasoned bread crumbs


Cook Pasta in salted water till barely done. Don't overcook. Set aside. Melt Butter in a saucepan. Whisk in the flour, then the milk. Whisk and boil for at least 1 min. It will start to thicken up. Add the spices and garlic, stir in the tomato sauce. Remove from heat.
Add the egg to the pasta and stir around until it coats all the noodles. Stir in the sauce and mozzarella cheese. Pour in to a greased 2 1/2 QT casserole dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. Cover and bake for 20 min. Uncover and bake for additional 5-10 min to crisp up the bread crumbs!