Sunday, February 26, 2012

The BEST Pizza Crust and Semi Homemade Garlic Knots

At our house, we have a weekend tradition of making homemade pizza! So, I've gone through quite a lot of different pizza crust types to find the best (and easiest) one! My absolute favorite one is Fleischmann's pizza crust yeast! It is so freaking good!
To make an awesome homemade pizza, you'll need:
1 pack of Fleischmann's Pizza Crust Yeast
1-3/4 to 2-1/4 cups flour 
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar 
3/4 teaspoon salt 
2/3 cup of very warm water (120° to 130° F) 
3 tablespoons oil 

Pizza sauce
Shredded cheese ( I always use 2% Mexican blend)
Black olives, sliced
Marinated artichokes
White onions, chopped
Mushrooms, sliced
Turkey pepperoni

1. Combine 1 cup flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add water and oil
2. Mix together until well blended; about 1 minute
3. Add 1/2 cup flour gradually until dough forms a ball. Add additional flour, if needed to handle
4. Spoon dough out of bowl onto floured surface. Dough will be slightly sticky
5. Knead on floured surface
6. Knead until dough is smooth and elastic; about 4 minutes
7. Press dough out to fill greased pizza pan or roll dough to a 12-inch circle and transfer to greased pizza pan
8. Top as desired with pizza sauce, cheese and toppings
Bake on bottom oven rack at 425 for 12 to 15 minutes until cheese is bubbly and crust is brown.

Add these garlic knots and some salad and you have the perfect weekend meal! 

Garlic Knots
1 can Pillsbury crescent rolls
6 tbs butter, melted
1 tbs minced garlic ( I use jarred.)

Combine 4 Tablespoons of the melted butter with the minced garlic in a small bowl. Reserve 2 Tablespoons of melted butter.
With each triangle of crescent dough, roughly form into a snake shape and dredge through the garlic butter, then knot and place on your baking sheet.
Bake according to crescent roll package directions then baste with remaining butter when finished.
Serve & enjoy!

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