Karsten <karsten@NETCOM.COM>

Papa Del's Style Pizza

Step 1 - The Dough

Ingredients Dissolve yeast in the water, then add the honey and oil. Let stand for about 10 min.

Combine flour and salt. Add bit by bit to the water and stir. When dough forms, knead in the rest of the flour. Knead for about 10 min. (or until it feels right).

Let dough rise for about 2 hrs (until doubled in size).

Step 2 - The Sauce

(make while dough is rising or the night before)


Chop up the tomatoes, mix with the tomato paste, and place in a large covered pot (it likes to splatter) on low heat. Add salt and spices - cooking and stirring till the dough is done. (You might consider adding chopped onion, green pepper and pre-cooked hot Italian sausage to the sauce).

Step 3 - Toppings

Ingredients You know what you like on your pizza - prepare them while the sauce is cooking. Pre-cooking the sausage is recommended.

Step 4 - Assembling and Cooking the Pizza

When the dough is ready, lightly flour it and roll it slightly larger than the pan to be used. A 12 inch (30cm) diameter cast iron skillet is recommended, although you could use a 9x13 inch (23x33cm?) pan or something similar. Oil the pan well. Put the dough over the top of the pan and slide it down so that it fits the pan. make sure there is at least a 1 inch (2.5cm) lip.

Spread the Mozzarella cheese in the bottom of the pizza so that no dough is showing through.

Add whichever of the following ingredients you want in this order:

Sprinkle top with some Parmesan or Romano cheese, followed by some oregano. Sprinkle olive oil on exposed areas of cheese, pepperoni, and whatever else might burn. Spread oil on top edges of dough.

Preheat oven to 350 - 400F (175 - 200C). Cook pizza at this temperature for 40 - 50 minutes.

Let cool until cheese thickens.

Guard from others. Eat.

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