July 20, 2015

Pizza Rounds

Pizza Rounds have become a favorite in our house.
They are easy to make, easy to store, and everyone gets the kind they like.

Pizza Rounds are pre-made pizza crusts.
They can be used immediately but they also store well in the freezer.
Pre-cooked, they are never doughy. And they are manageable for little hands.

Basically you mix the dough, cut it up, roll it out, and fry it. Let the rounds cool for storing or use immediately. A batch makes 10 - 12 rounds so I like to make a double batch and have extra to use on another day.

To start, measure 1½ cups of warm water in a bowl.
I usually warm the bowl first by swishing some hot water around in it.
If you want to make a double batch, use two bowls.

To the 1½ cups of warm water, add 2 tablespoons of sugar and mix it a bit to dissolve the sugar. Sprinkle the top of the sugar-water with 2¼ teaspoons of yeast (or one package).

Let the yeast do its thing for about 10 minutes.

When it's done it will be frothy like this.

In the meantime, measure out 1 teaspoon of salt, a couple tablespoons of Italian Seasoning, and one tablespoon of Red Peppers (dried)...

When the yeast is ready, stir it into the water.

To the sugar-water-yeast add 3 tablespoons of olive oil.

and the seasonings you already measured out.
It will look something like this....

Finally you will add 4 cups of flour.
I suggest mixing in 2 cups and then add the last 2 cups.

After you have mixed for a while, it will look like this.

Keep mixing. Eventually you can use your hands and knead it.
And knead it some more.

When it's ready, it looks like this.
Form into a ball with a bit of olive oil on your hands.
Now it's ready to roll out.

Make the ball into a log that has an even thickness.
Cut the log in half and then each half into 5 (mostly) same-sized pieces for a total of 10 pieces of dough per batch.

If you have toddlers or little appetites, you can cut each ball of dough in half and get 20 small pieces of dough (making 20 smaller sized pizza rounds).
The smaller size is also just right for party appetizers.

Knead each piece into a ball and roll them out, one by one.
Use a little flour on the surface and on your rolling pin, as needed.
It is easier to roll from the middle to the edge, than from the edge to the middle.
If you don't have a rolling pin, a jar or a tall glass will work too.

full size pizza rounds

half-size pizza rounds
many, many pizza rounds

Once you have them all rolled out, heat a frying pan to a medium heat.
Adjust the heat as needed so you can fry the rounds without burning them.
Do not use oil or anything to grease the pan; it's not needed.

Fry one side (about 1-2 minutes in a heated pan), then flip to do the other side.
If you roll the dough out really thin, it will actually bubble up as you fry it.

Cool the pizza rounds on a rack for a few minutes before stacking them.

Now the fun part. Lay out assorted toppings and let everyone make their own.
Pizza sauce...

And cheese...

Try assorted cold meats like bacon, pepperoni, salami, and ham topped with mozzarella cheese. Or cooked, seasoned hamburger with aged cheddar.
Or salsa with taco-seasoned hamburger and served with a bit of sour cream
Or use up whatever is in your fridge.
Pizza rounds are great for using up leftovers.

To finish, heat the topped pizza rounds in the oven, the toaster oven, in the microwave (softer crust), on the barbeque, or by the fire.
Did I mention these go great with camping?
Heat them long enough for the toppings to warm and the cheese to melt.

pizza masterpieces

Pre-made pizza rounds are perfect for a quick lunch or an easy supper.
They are great in the summer on the barbeque.
Give them a try and let me know what you think!

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