|Fresh out of the oven|
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, optional
Pizza sauce, pesto sauce, etc.
Cheese: shredded mozzarella cheese, sliced or diced fresh mozzarella, provolone, etc.
Vegetables of choice: onions, green peppers, mushrooms, spinach, etc.
Meats of choice: sausage, ground beef topping, etc.
Other: artichokes, olives, pepperoni, etc.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix dry ingredients together; add wet ingredients and mix well. Let the dough sit for approximately 5 minutes to thicken.
Spread dough on a lightly oiled large pizza pan, nonstick pizza pan or cookie sheet lined with greased parchment paper or non-stick foil. Use a lightly oiled rubber spatula to press the dough out to desired shape and thickness (I typically make mine about 1/4" thick - *see note below).
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through (check crust after 15 minutes and remove from oven when it looks and feels done). Remove cooked crust from oven.
Spread crust with a thin layer of sauce, cheese and desired toppings. High moisture fresh vegetables and raw meat toppings should be pre-cooked to prevent soggy crust. Place pizza back into oven and bake an additional 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted. If desired, run pizza under the broiler for a few minutes to lightly brown the toppings and make the cheese bubbly (be careful not to burn it).
*Note: For a crust that is flat, smooth and even in thickness, place ball of pizza dough centered between 2 sheets of lightly oiled parchment paper on prepared pizza pan or baking sheet. Using your hands or the flat edge of an object (a large container or small rolling pin) press the dough smooth by swiping it in the direction you want the pizza crust to go. When it is the desired thickness and shape, carefully peel off the top layer of parchment paper. If you don't have parchment paper, pressing the dough out with a lightly oiled rubber spatula works nicely, too.