Classic Thin Crust Pizza with Cheese, Pepperoni and Sausage
Recipe By: N. Jay Sorensen, RD
Serving Size: 9 Preparation Time: 0:35
⅔ cup warm water — 110-115°F
1 package active dry yeast
¼ teaspoon sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
8 ounces pizza sauce
16 ounces mozzarella cheese
6 ounces pepperoni slices
6 ounces sausage meat
Preparing the Crust
Place water, yeast and sugar in a mixing bowl. Stir well and let rest 5 minutes. Add the flour and salt; mix with hand and knead for 10 minutes. Adding flour as necessary. After about 10 minutes, dough should feel elastic. Rest dough for 5 minutes.
Place the dough in a large bowl and cover with a towel. Set aside in a warm place (75 to 80°F) for about two hours, or until the dough has doubled in volume. (When the dough is ready, touching it firmly will leave an indentation).
Preparing the Pizza
Preheat oven to 425°F. When ready cut dough in half. Roll out the dough too about 12 inches. Using flour as necessary. Crust should be 1/4 inch thickness. Using a dinner plate, cut out a 10-inch circle. Place pizza dough on a sheet tray. Repeat step for additional pizza crusts.
Next, place 4 ounces of the pizza sauce in the middle and spread to the edges, leaving 1/2 inch of crust exposed. Place evenly, 3 ounces each of the pepperoni and small pieces of the sausage on the pizza. Finally place 8 ounces of the cheese evenly on the pizza. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is completely melted and crust is crisp.