Homemade pizza done right is a fun creative and delicious experience. Homemade pizza done wrong is, well a reason to dial your local delivery. On the boat, we are pretty limited to fresh ingredients. Making the base of you dish from scratch even if it’s just the dough and sauce can make you feel like you are eating the freshest pizza around, in our case it is! I have been experimenting with making pizza for years. I have had some epic fails and some major milestones. From grilling to pita pizza to pizza with gorgonzola cream sauce, fried pork belly and red grapes (that one was amazing) I have learned some tricks of the trade to making a simple and yummy pizza. Last night we made enough dough for two half sheet pan pizzas (half sheet pan is what fits in our boat oven). We made marina simply from olive oil, garlic, onion, San Marzano tomatoes and fresh parsley. SO simple but those glorious San Marzanos are left to shine in this sauce. We topped the “Grown Up” Za with chicken apple sausage, yellow onion, fresh jalapeño and fresh slices of tomato. Shredded mozzarella and dried oregano for the finish and wow! It was so good. The fresh tomato really brought out the sauce and was just damn good. Here is my super easy no fail pizza dough and sauce. I hope your family enjoys it as much as ours does. From a boat in the middle of the Caribbean, these recipes are possible anywhere!
San Marzano Sauce:
· 1 16oz. can of San Marzano Tomatoes
· 4 garlic cloves minced
· 1 yellow onion diced
· 3 tbs good olive oil
· ½ c. Fresh Italian Parsley, chopped
In the bottom of a heavy saucepan heat olive oil on med heat. Add garlic and onion sauté adding 1 tsp salt and some fresh cracked pepper. Stir until onions are translucent about 10 minutes. Add tomatoes and stir. Add another tsp of kosher salt, cracks of pepper and the chopped parsley. Heat on low heat for about 20 minutes stirring occasionally. Take off heat and reserve for making pizza.
· 1 ½ c. Warm water (115 degrees F)
· 1 package of active yeast or 1tbs
· 1 tbs sugar
· 2 tbs olive oil plus 1 tbs divided
· Around 4 c. of bread flour
In a large bowl add warm water. Stir in sugar whisking until dissolved. Add yeasty and whisk quickly. Once foam forms like a disk on the water (about 5-10 minutes) then add the olive oil. Add first 2 cups of flour and with a spoon or hands stir in dough adding more flour until a sticky ball of dough has formed. Take out of bowl and flour your counter top or kneading surface. Knead dough adding flour as needed until you have a nice elastic ball of dough (about 10 minutes). In the bowl that was used to mix the dough add a tbs of olive oil and grease the bowl. Add kneaded dough. Cover with a cloth and let sit for an hour in a warm dry place. In one hour, the dough will have risen nicely. Punch it down and let it sit covered for another 20 minutes. Once dough is finished rising flour your surface and roll out your pizza. I like to put corn meal on my sheet pan before baking my pizza but that is entirely optional!
Bake with your sauce and toppings at 450 degrees for 10-15 minute. In a small camper or boat oven at 350 for 25 minutes, turning on the broiler at the end to bubble up that cheese!