No-Nitrate Hot Dog Pizza. Yeah, American Idol’s James Durbin Does Indeed Rock!….


Hi everyone! First off, please see my post about how American Idol sparks wonderful discussions about all sorts of things-including James Durbin…LOVE HIM!

http://kids.baristanet.com/2011/03/american-idol-and-community-values/

This is how we roll when watching American Idol: We eat delicious home made pizza, sometimes with a no-nitarate hot dog topping. Easy, creative, somewhat healthy and always a crowd pleaser. It’s called compromise.

Pizza Crust: (can also just buy prepared dough at supermarketrs or your local pizzeria)
1 and 1/4 cup white flour (add 2 TBS more flour later) Can use whole wheat flour for half of dough
3/4 tsp yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 tsp salt

Mix above ingredients until fully combined. Then knead for 5 minutes and add more of the 2 TBS of flour so that it is not so sticky.
Make it into a ball and place in a bowl that is greased with olive oil. Cover and leave for 1 1/2 hours.
When it has risen (should be about twice the size), roll out to about 12″X 6″ and lay on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet-OR separate into individual pizzas.

Place in a preheated 500 degree oven and bake for 8 minutes.

Toppings:

Shredded Mozzarella cheese
Spaghetti sauce
No nitrate beef hot dogs or any kind , chopped
optional: other types of cheeses, no sauce, chopped basil, crushed garlic, chopped dried figs, etc.-whatever you like!

Once pizza dough is cooked, take it out of the oven and spread the cheese on top while it is hot so it melts. Top the cheese with the sauce and then top with the chopped hot dogs. Place in oven until cheese melts. Cut and eat immediately. Enjoy!

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