Thursday, January 27

Snow Day (Pizza)

Hey, guess what.  There was a little bit of snow last night.  Just a tad.  Like, this much:

Layla was in frolicking heaven.  She tries to run through it, but it's a little too deep for that, so she ends up with this bunny hop/kangaroo kind of move.  It's hysterical!  There's nothing quite like a happy, carefree dog to make you feel like all is right in the world.

Since for some reason this part of the Northeast is completely unsure of how to work their plows, Sister and I were snowed in all day.  It was nice, actually.  Cozy.  Yesterday we drank hot chocolate and watched a movie.  Today we dug out the cars and made pizza.  

Delicious, toasty, cheesy pizza.  Next time you're snowed in, you should make this pizza. I know that Husband, down in sunny, 65 degree Orlando for the PGA Merchandise Show, is just kicking himself for not being here for it.

Or not.  :o)

Snow Day Pizza
2-3/4 cups bread or all-purpose flour
2-1/4 teaspoons dry active yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup very warm water.

1 cup Alfredo sauce (I used Classico Light, but you could definitely make it if you had cream on hand)
3 cups mozzarella cheese
2 red bell peppers, sliced
1 cup broccoli, chopped
1-1/2 cups shredded chicken (again, snowed in = Perdue Shortcuts)

Combine 1 cup of the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a large mixer bowl.  Stir in the olive oil and yeast, mix at medium-high for 3 minutes.  Gradually add the remaining flour, until the mixture pulls away from the bowl and is no longer sticky.  Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes, until smooth and springy.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes.  Preheat the oven to 425.  Lightly grease a cookie sheet with olive oil and press the dough into the shape of the pan.  Cover with the alfredo sauce, then the pepper slices, then the broccoli, then 1/2 of the mozzarella then the chicken, then the remaining mozzarella.  Bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes, until the crust is browned and the cheese is melted.  Allow to cool 3-5 minutes before slicing.

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