The best pizza is the one you make at home with your own dough, sauce, and your favorite topping… You can buy the dough from the store, but I like to do everything from scratch.

2/3 cup warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
1 cup bread flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup of your favorite pasta sauce
10 slices of Turkish sausage (sucuk)
6 ounces fresh mozzarella, shredded
1 large Roma tomato, cored, seeded, and diced
1 green pepper, sliced
10 mushroom, sliced
1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the water, yeast and sugar; stir to dissolve the sugar and yeast. Set aside until the yeast is bubbly and foamy, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the flour, salt and olive oil to the bowl. Using a dough hook, mix the flour and liquid on low speed until a dough comes together. Increase the speed to medium and allow the mixer to knead the dough for 5 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl and place in a lightly greased bowl covered with a damp kitchen towel (or plastic wrap), to proof until doubled in size, about 2 hours. Or you can use ciabatta bread dough.
  • Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  • Punch the dough down and place on a lightly oiled 9 1/2-inch by 13-inch sheet pan. Cover with a damp kitchen towel or plastic wrap and allow to double in size again, about 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Using your hands, press the dough so that it fits evenly across the entire pan. Spread the pasta sauce evenly over the surface of the dough. Sprinkle the chopped tomatoes, green pepper, mushroom, and sucuk slices. Then top with the sliced mozzarella and the kosher salt and bake until golden brown, about 15 to 17 minutes. Rotate the pizza half way through the cook time to ensure even browning.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting and serving.

Source: Yelda Horozoğlu

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