Make pizza with family and friends. #Lifestyle #Food

He who does not attempt something gains nothing. ~ Francis Bachmann #quote

He who does not attempt something gains nothing. ~ Francis Bachmann #quote

Pizza is love. Still wearing their high school varsity baseball uniforms and eye black, my sons made pizza after the game. Friends joined us and some of our pizza was delivered to other friends. Family, friends, and pizza together is big love!

We’ve made this pizza for years and it is consistently a crowd pleaser.  Here’s how…

Pre-tip: Purchase day old loaves of whole (not sliced) Italian style bread. I find mine at a reduced price at my local grocer. Freeze the loaf if not using that day. While not necessary, the dry loaf improves the texture of the pizza.

You’ll need:

Loaf of bread

Exquisite Pizza Sauce

1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
6 fluid ounces warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon anchovy paste (optional)
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
salt to taste

Cheese

Mozzarella and Parmesan are classic Italian
Feta matches well with Greek inspired toppings

Your Favorite or Creative Toppings

Italian sausage is my favorite!

Olive oil

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Divide the following tasks up among available family and friends.
2. Cut whole loaf of Italian or French bread in half, lengthwise and place on a cookie sheet (this is my fave but any will do) lined with a Non-Stick Baking Mat
or foil for easy cleaning.
3. Make sauce. This recipe is very forgiving so just use the seasonings you have on hand.
4. Spread sauce on flat surface of loaf.
5. Add toppings. We add toppings before the cheese because it holds together well, but if you prefer to see your toppings, add after cheese.
6. Grate cheese and spread over loaf.
7. Drizzle cheese with olive oil and be sure to drizzle some on loaf edge.
8. Bake on middle oven rack for around 15 minutes.
9. Let cool for 5 minutes, if you can wait :), and slice. My favorite way to cut this pizza is with Pizza Scissors.

Tell me about your pizza love 🙂 Tell me about your family and friend love ❤

Mangiare! ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc

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14 thoughts on “Make pizza with family and friends. #Lifestyle #Food

  1. Sounds yummy. Two things I’ll go to my grave missing in our ketogenic lifestyle are pizza – and I mean good, hearty pizza – and sourdough bread – and I mean good, authentic, San Francisco sourdough bread. Maybe when I step into eternity, my glorified body won’t gain weight from carbs and I’ll be able to enjoy them again. 🙂 Happy Friday, Angie!

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    • Oh, Dane, I hear ya! I can’t eat carbs like I used to and am grateful, as yet, to not have to sacrifice them to the point of no pizza or sourdough bread. I really appreciate what you are doing for your health and for your family’s sake. Keep up the awesome work & happy Friday to you & yours always 🙂

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  2. Hey Angie, that’s lovely, you’ve made me hungry for pizza again !

    I rarely cook my own pizza, and don’t have oven where I live now … I’d probably use a variation of my pasta sauce recipe for the sauce, and I love my pizzas fairly plain, sauce, mozzarella, fresh basil and maybe some cherry tomatoes 🙂 And maybe some fresh parmesan and rocket (not cooked) …

    Additionally I’ve started making my own garlic oil. Originally it was raw garlic in olive oil, but because it’s so hot here the garlic started to ferment, so I had to fry it (kill the yeasts) on low heat for a short while. That stuff goes on definitely pizza and pasta 🙂

    Buonissimo !

    Warmest regards

    Don Charisma

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  3. Looking good as always Angie! Most of the time I get the prepackaged dry mixes, pay about 50 cents a piece. It takes two of them to make a pizza but I like having them on hand for when I’m in the mood since I’m a 20-mile round trip to pick up take out pizza. I have a big freezer and keep the mozzarella on hand. I could do that with the bread from the bread store too. Great idea!

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  4. Oh Angie, it looks delicious! I adore French Bread Pizza, and this sounds like it’s a close cousin, just made with Italian Bread. Yummy!

    I am intrigued by pizza scissors. I’ve never heard of them. They sure would take up a lot less precious drawer space than one of those big rocking cutters!

    I hope your guy’s teams were the winning ones!

    *hugs*

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    • We’re mostly losing right now. We call it “character building” lol. And, yes, I LOVE the pizza scissors. I know they aren’t purist pizza cutter and they seem like a uni-tasker BUT they do the job so well and so fast on the thick loaf of bread. And we use them to cut all sorts of foods. High recommended 🙂

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