Real Food: Hippie Pizza

At the beginning of the year, Joey and I stopped eating processed foods.  We were overweight and unhealthy, and we knew we had to do something about it. When we first started our “diet”, we didn’t really know what we were doing.  We knew we wanted to eat lots of whole grains, fruits, and veggies as well as cut down on our sugar, fat, and meat intake.  It was a lot of work to get started, but so far we’ve done really well.  We make almost all our food at home from scratch, and we’ve lost around 50 pounds between us.  We still miss our old unhealthy favorites though, so we’ve been trying to recreate them on our own and make them healthier along the way.  One of our favorites is homemade pizza, which we lovingly call hippie pizza.  Hippie pizza is made from 100% whole ingredients, and in my opinion, 100% more delicious than any pizza I have had delivered to my home in a cardboard box.  It also takes less time from start to finish than the average pizza delivery in rural Mississippi.

Here’s how you can make it at home:

Hippie Pizza

Preheat the oven and pizza stone to 425 degrees.

Makes 1 large pizza.

Crust

  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups white unbleached flour
  • optional:  1/2 tsp basil, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp rosemary, 1/2 tsp thyme, 1/2 tsp garlic powder

A delicious pizza starts with a good crust.  The crust we use is based on a recipe I found over here, and I love it because there’s no rise time.  That means I can start mixing it up when I get home from work, and I don’t have to wait forever to roll it out.

Step 1:  Add the water, yeast, and sugar to a large mixing bowl.  Mix it around enough to wet all the yeast and sugar, but then let it sit for a few minutes to activate the yeast.

Step 2:  Add all the remaining ingredients (flours, salt, olive oil, and herbs) and knead in the bowl for about 3 minutes.  If the dough is still sticky, add more flour (just a little bit at a time) until it isn’t.  When you’re satisfied with the consistency, let the dough rest about 15 minutes.  (I use this time to grate cheese, chop up toppings, or mix up the sauce.)

Sauce

  • 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 fresh basil leaves (chopped) or 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Usually while I’m working on the pizza dough, Joey will mix up the sauce.  This recipe makes enough for at least two pizzas, so we freeze what we don’t use in a mason jar.  That way we can just pop it in the microwave the next time we need it.

Step 1:  Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir. That’s it, it’s super simple.

Toppings

Our toppings change every time we make a pizza.  It just depends on what we have around the kitchen.  Here are some suggestions:

  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • shredded parmesan cheese (suggestion: wait until the pizza is finished baking and grate the parmesan right on top)
  • feta cheese
  • shredded chicken
  • pre-cooked and chopped bacon
  • sliced avocado (delicious on pizza)
  • sliced mushrooms
  • fresh sliced or sun-dried tomatoes
  • sliced bell peppers

Put It All Together

Step 1:  Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough on parchment paper.  Carefully slide the parchment paper and crust onto the hot pizza stone, and prebake for about 3 minutes.

Step 2:  When your crust has finished prebaking, spoon half the sauce onto the crust and spread it around.

Step 3:  Add your toppings.

Step 4:  Bake for 10 to 15 minutes.  Pull it out when the cheese starts to brown.

Step 5:  Let cool, serve, and enjoy!

If you make this recipe, please leave us a comment and let us know how you liked it.

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