Make Your Own Pizza







By Samantha Schwalm


The other evening I am not afraid to admit that I was sick of cooking dinner. Yes, even a chef needs a break.  As I was staring at my husband saying I just don’t have a meal in me tonight, what should we do…He said, “what do you think about a make your own pizza night?” Done! I will also admit, we cheated by going to our local grocery store to purchase pre-made pizza dough. I am hoping that all of you will be better than I was and make this simple dough recipe.


Pizza Dough:

1 1/3 cup warm water

1 tablespoon sugar

1 1/4-ounce packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

1 1/2 teaspoons salt


Combine sugar, yeast, and the warm water and let sit for about 10 minutes. While you are waiting, add the flour and salt into a mixer. Next, add olive oil to the yeast mixture. Put the mixer on slow, and gradually add the yeast mixture. Turn the mixer up to medium until a ball of dough forms. Knead the dough until smooth on a floured surface. Place in a bowl brushed with olive oil, cover tightly with plastic wrap and place in a warm dry place until it doubles in size (about 1.5 hours).



White Pizza:

Roll out the pizza dough. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Sprinkle with a little cornmeal.  Brush olive oil and crushed garlic over the dough. Place prosciutto on pizza and bake until dough is crisp, about 20 to 30 minutes in a 500 degree oven. As soon as the pizza comes out of the oven sprinkle arugula and Burrata all over the pizza. Serve and enjoy!


If you have any questions, or would like me to talk about how to make something, please tweet me @ParisKabatChef, and I will try to answer any questions.