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Donna's Pizza Recipe

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2 Boxes of Pillsbury Hot Roll Mix
1 Lb. of Pepperoni (Sliced)
1 Lb. of Thin Sliced Ham (Shaved)
4 lbs. of Mozzarella Cheese (Blocked)
2 Jar of Pizza Sauce (small)
3 Can of Whole Tomato’s
1 Small Jar of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Small Jar of Oregano
1 Small Jar of Basil

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

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

Making the Pizza’s:
After dividing the dough in Fifth’s, roll out one piece
until it’s about the size of your round pizza pan. Spread on with a light covering of sauce. Add the shaved ham in bite sized 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 minutes 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.
To each his own.

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 northern 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 anywhere (Reunion’s 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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