Monday, April 7, 2008

Whole Wheat Pizza with Beef Sausage



Preparation of the dough:

3 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 package of active dry yeast
2 tbsp honey or 2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup warm water
Salt (adjust to your taste)

Preparation of the Sauce:

½ cup thick tomato sauce
1 tbsp. oregano
4 cloves of garlic
½ of small onion
Pinch of salt
½ tsp. black pepper
1 1/2 cup of water

2 small beef sausages (pepperoni can be substituted)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (you can mix and match your favorite cheeses)
1 cup shredded Romano cheese

Mix the dry yeast with the warm water in a large bowl, stir until yeast dissolves and let sit for 5 minutes. Add the honey or sugar, the olive oil, the salt and the whole wheat flour on the yeast and water mixture slowly and mix with your hands. Sprinkle a little flour on the surface and knead dough until it does not stick to your hands. Let sit for an hour or until it doubles in size. If you like, after it doubles in size, you can punch it down and let it sit another 30 minutes to an hour.

While the dough is rising, prepare the sauce. Grind the garlic cloves and the onions until they are pureed. Add water if necessary. Add the pureed garlic and onions with the tomato sauce, water, black pepper and oregano and let it simmer on the stove for an hour or until the sauce thickens.

Once the dough is ready, shape it into a ball, sprinkle a little flour on the surface and roll the dough with a roller in any shape you like. I use a rectangular pan, so I try to shape it rectangular. Once you have reached the size of your pan, grease the pan lightly with olive oil and spread the dough on the pan. If the dough does not cover all over the pan, try to stretch it without tearing to cover the pan. Spread the sauce all over the dough. Add the shredded cheeses on top of the sauce. Top the pizza with thinly sliced sausage or pepperoni.

Preheat oven to 375º. Place pizza when ready. Let it bake until the cheese takes a golden color. Enjoy!

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