easy entertaining, our way

This is a long weekend here in Canada. Monday is a recently added holiday called Family Day. Forced togetherness, you gotta love it.

Just so we don’t get bored in between the kid’s hockey game, a birthday party and cleaning the stalls, we’ve decided to have company tomorrow night and again on Sunday. That pretty much means a mini-cleaning marathon for me on Sunday, but I have a plan. It involves child labour and a bribery, but we’ll get it done.

Tomorrow nights guests are another family with 2 children close in age to our two, so we will keep things simple by making pizzas. We use the easiest pizza dough recipe ever, and top them with whatever we happen to have on hand – pepperoni, leftover chicken or ham, cooked and diced bacon, cooked hamburger (all of which I keep in baggies in the freezer) and onions, green or red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, etc. Also, to keep it really easy, we always double the dough recipe and make it into large cookie sheet pizzas. We’ll probably make two double batches of the dough tomorrow. That way we have enough on hand to feed an army of children and adults. Lately this has been a great go to idea for easy and last-minute¬†entertaining. Serve with wine or beer, homemade iced tea for the kids, and a triple chocolate bundt cake for dessert.

LightlyCrunchy Easy Pizza Dough:

  • 1 package active dry yeast or 2-ish teaspoons
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 cup warm water (not hot)
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • optional – herbs, fresh or dried, olives, etc
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  3. If adding any dried or fresh herbs etc add to the oil to ensure a good dispersion through the crust.
  4. Stir in flour, salt and oil to yeast mix. Stir until combined. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat or roll into a round.
  6. Transfer crust to a lightly greased pizza pan or oven tray dusted with cornmeal or flour.
  7. Spread with desired toppings and bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

**I sometimes make with half plain flour and half whole wheat.

**Dough can be left (post mixing) for half an hour to ensure a thinner crust

**Can be easily doubled

I also make the pizza sauce using either canned tomato paste or homemade marinara, water, oil and italian seasoning. Next year I’m going to plant a herb garden so I can make it with fresh herbs instead of dried.

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