Loving Life after 50

Gourmet Pizza

Friday nights at our house are Pizza night, not your normal take out pizza , we have a gourmet, make your own pizza party night almost every Friday.  
It all started a few years ago when Kent discovered a gourmet pizza dough recipe in Vines, a food and wine magazine that we subscribe to. The recipe was unique in that it called for white wine instead of water, well a Family Tradition started and has continued,  such a great tradition that the boys continued it when they went back to Thunder Bay.  The crust is delicious and we then create a smorgasbord of ingredients for everyone’s unique taste.  We also ensure we check with company to see what their preferred ingredients maybe.
Fridays nights are spent in the kitchen, sampling wine and various cheeses and meats while the dough rises. ( and every other week I peruse the Vintages Magazine to see what we might want to pick up.
cheese tray

Pizza Dough
1 Tbsp  active dry yeast
1 Tbsp honey ( sometimes we use garlic honey)
1 Tbsp salt ( we use sea salt always)
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Cups all purpose Flour (sometimes we use whole wheat)
1/2 cup white wine ( anything that is opened)
1/2 cup warm water
sometimes we add Italian spices and/or cayenne pepper to the dough
This makes two 12 inch pizza crusts.
Mix yeast, water, wine and honey in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and leave for five minutes.
when you return after five minutes and remove the plastic the mixture should be a beige slightly bubbly goppy mixture with a delicious yeast smell.
yeast rising
Add salt, olive oil, flour and any other seasoning you may like. ( we mix by hand and when I say we I mean Kent and/or Ryan if he is in town, but you can use a dough hook).
pizza dough
Once it has been thoroughly mixed it should have a springy texture.
Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot for 50 minutes.
( the dryer if you are doing laundry or a sink half filled with warm water & cover with 
a hand towel or two.)
While the dough is rising, get the ingredients together.

pizza ingredients

pizza ingredients


After 50 minutes the dough will have increased in size by half, at this point you can begin preparing the pizzas.
Preheat oven to 475
Sprinkle some flour on your counter and turn bowl upside down so dough falls on the counter, knead slightly and form into a ball,  divide into two. ( if you are using a pizza stone heat it up slightly)
Place dough on pan and roll out the dough.
kneading pizza dough
homemade pizza dough

rolling pizza dough

pizza dough

-place pan with dough in preheated oven for one minute, remove and add your ingredients
dress your pizza, personally i switch between traditional ham and pineapple, to sometimes burger and goat cheese, today I wnt with Chicken, Pineapple and goat cheese
chicken pineapple goat cheese pizza

We usually use our homemade spaghetti sauce as the base.
homemade sauce

meat pizza

gourmet pizza

mushrooms and peppers and pizza

little fresh basil

fresh basil

bake at 475 for 7-10 minutes ideally on the middle rack
remove and serve hot.
homemade pizza

homemade pizza

homemade pizza
Pair with a nice zinfandel, or a wine of your choice

pizza and wine

satisfied customer

Is your mouth watering yet??? Its a great way to spend a Friday night Folks, I highly recommend this.

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  • my mouth is totally watering.! that pizza looks absolutely delicious.!

  • I'm not a big fan of pizza but this looks delicious. My man always pleads about making pizza at home so he could have the toppings of his liking.

  • this sound yummy

  • This looks soooo delish!!!!

  • it is totally mouthwatering!

    i would have liked it evenwith just the homemade pasta sauce!

  • I've been looking for a easy pizza dough recipe since I am so tired of buying mama mia's ready made ones, they never cook right. Thanks for the recipe!!

  • This looks so yummy! Can't wait to try it myself.

  • YUM!

  • YUummy! Look so delicious! Can't wait to try this recipe 🙂

  • We order pizza every fri, which we love. However, I like this idea much better. It looks very appetizing & I will definitely try.

  • Now I'm starving and it's only 9:30! Pinning this for a more appropriate meal time 🙂

  • cute fit! Did anyone notice the orbs in the background or was it snowing?

  • I love pizzas! i hope i will have the time to make really delicious ones. all i know is eating them lol!