Cooks put almost anything on pizza. Pizza Margherita, a popular variety in Italy, was first made in 1889 for Queen Margherita and King Umberto I. It is topped with the colors of the Italian flag: fresh red tomatoes, green basil leaves, and creamy white mozzarella. See for a few toppings that you might like to try on your pizza. Be creative and add your own favorites to the list.


        1 envelope active dry yeast

        1 c. warm water

        ½ tsp. salt

        2 tbsp. olive or vegetable oil

        2½ c. all-purpose flour pizza sauce (recipe follows)

        8 oz. mozzarella cheese, grated

        Desired pizza toppings (suggestions follow).


Step 1:
Dissolve yeast in 1 cup warm water. Stir in salt and oil. Gradually stir in flour. Beat vigorously 20 strokes. Let dough rest about 5 minutes.

Step 2:
Put dough in a warm place, cover with a damp towel, and let rise until double in size (about 45 minutes).

Step 3:
Punch dough down with your fist to let out the air. Divide dough in half.

Step 4:
Lightly grease 2 baking sheets or 2 10-inch pizza pans. With floured fingers, pat each half of the dough into a 10-inch circle. Build up edges of pizzas with your fingers to keep sauce from running off.

Step 5:
Spread pizza sauce over dough. Sprinkle with grated cheese and your favorite toppings.

Step 6:
Bake at 425 F for 20 to 25 minutes. Let pizzas stand at least 5 minutes before cutting.

Food: Pizza

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