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Donna's Pizza Recipe

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This recipe for Donna's Pizza, by , is from The Sword Family Cookbook, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Don Sword
Added: Wednesday, April 26, 2006


2 boxes of Pillsbury Hot Roll Mix
1 lb. of pepperoni (sliced)
1 lb. thin sliced ham (shaved)
4 lbs. Mozzarella cheese (blocked)
2 jars of pizza sauce (small)
3 cans of whole tomatos
extra virgin olive oil

Making the dough:
Follow the recipe on the side of the box for pizza crust. I use olive oil and warm water. I think its 1 1/4 cups of warm water and 2 T. of oil per box. This should make 5 pizzas.

Making the sauce:
Drain the can of whole tomato's thorougly. Squeeze the tomatos between your fingers until the pulp is in manageable bite sized pieces. Add the pizza sauce and mix thorougly. Season the sauce to suit. I use Basil.

Making the Pizzas:
After dividing the dough in fifths, roll out one iece until its about the size of your round pizza pan. Spread on with a light covering of sauce. Add the shaved ham in bite size pieces. Sprinkle on the shredded mozzarella cheese (generously). Lay pepperoni slices on top to suit. Pour on light drizzle of olive oil, oregano, and basil. Place the pizza on the bottom rack in the stove for about 10 to 15 minues on 400 degrees or until bottom of crust is brown. Place on top rack for about 5 to 10 minutes until cheese is done. I usually go by how brown they are rather than how long they cook.

Note: Pizza in Italy was considered a poor man's meal. The 3 main ingredients were tomato sauce, cheese and basil leaves. If you were lucky, you might have some shaved ham or pepperoni to put on it.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
While we were living in Italy, an Italian Nanny taught my mom the nuances of nothern Italian cooking. Of all Italian cooking she learned, her pizzas seemed to be everyone's favorite! This was also the time before there was a pizza restaurant on every corner. We couldn't go anwhere, reunions or family gatherings without the pizza pans. I now carry those pans with me. One thing mom also did over the years was to simplify the recipe. It also had to be adjusted to what was available. You can adjust to it as you like, but the foundation has been laid.




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