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Sicilian Pizza Crust and Sauce Recipes

I love the idea of family traditions. It always seem like the simplicities of life come back to you as the swseetest memories when you get older. In my family there were 6 of us kids and every Friday we would have mac and cheese with fish sticks, and each week everyone was vying for who got the last the of mac and cheese. Now, every Friday at my house we have pizza night. There is something about forming these kind of traditions that I just enjoy. We always have pizza, but we do mix it up by trying different crusts, sauces and toppings. When I was looking through Family Circle Magazine they had a recipe for Sicilian pizza and it turned out wonderfully. If you like to make pizza, or even if you just like to eat pizza then you should give this recipe a shot. It is good!

I also want to say a huge thank you to Kim, Miz Helen, Cassandra and Alison for awarding me the stylish blogger award in this past week. I am honored and flattered to receive the award. I do not participate in passing on awards, but I did want to thank these lovely ladies for their kindness. And, I would like to share a link to each of their great sites so that you can go and visit them.

Kim @ Mo Betta- Kim’s blog has lots of wonderful recipes that will make your taste buds water and she also has some great tips.

Miz Helen @ Miz Helen’s Country Cottage- Miz Helen is truly a sweetheart. Visiting her blog feels just like visiting a friend. She is such a kind lady and every Thursday she hosts Full Plate Potluck. I know she’d love to have you come by for a plate at her potluck.

Cassandra @Butter and Oven Mitts- Cassandra’s blog has so many delicious recipes. I am especially wanting to make her whole wheat applesauce bars with cream cheese icing. Yum.

Alison @ Prairie Story-  Alison always has amazing pictures of all the delicious dishes she makes and she hosts a recipe swap on Thursdays.

Now for our recipes:
Marinara Sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
1 14 ounce can of diced tomato (the original recipe calls for San Marzano)
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon basil
1/8 teaspoon salt

In a small saucepan heat the oil and cook the garlic for 1 minute. Add remaining ingredients and simmer with a tilted lid for about 30 minutes, stirring occassionally.

Dough

1  cup  warm water (about 110 degrees F)
1  package  (.25 ounce) dry active yeast
2-3/4  cups  all-purpose flour
1  teaspoon  sugar
1  teaspoon  salt
2  tablespoons  olive oil
I made this in my bread machine following the dough setting and added the ingredients according to my manufacturer, but you could easily make this crust by hand or using your food processor as I will describe below.
To make the crust:
Heat your water until its warm enough to stick your pinkie in it comfortably for a second or two. About 110-115 degrees if you want to use a thermometer. Then mix in the sugar and yeast and let it sit about 10 minutes until the yeast is foamy. (If it doesn’t get foamy then your water was too hot or not hot enough)
In the meantime mix  flour and salt.. Once the yeast mixture is ready then add the oil and yeast mixture to the flour. Stir until it forms a nice ball.
Knead by hand or with a dough hook for about 5 minutes. Let the dough rest, covered, for 90 minutes.
Preheat oven to 500. Once the dough is ready spread it in a rectangular pan coated with cooking spray (I like to use the large glass pan that is 15×9)
Top the crust with your sauce and bake for about 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and add toppings and cheese and return to the oven for about 5-8 more minutes (start checking around 5 minutes to make sure it doesn’t get burned!)
Please click here for a list of recipe swaps hosted by some wonderful ladies and go check out their sites.
See you soon,

9 comments to Sicilian Pizza Crust and Sauce Recipes

  • Brandie@thecountryco

    Looks great! A good pizza crust is hard to come by. I've tried so many recipes over the years and it's very hard to find the one that works just right. Yours looks very good and I love the sauce too!

  • HollyL

    This pizza looks amazing!Theres only a couple homemade pizza crusts Ive liked. Yours sounds great : )

  • Mickey

    You make this look so easy. Looks delicious too. Come drop by my blog to enter my first give away :)mickeyhttp://monstermama-monstermama.blogspot.com/

  • Elizabeth R

    This looks great – I love homemade pizza and am always looking for new recipes. I am visiting from Mouthwatering Mondays.

  • Amanda @ Serenity No

    Looove homemade pizza! Yours looks delish. :) We have pizza every Friday too, but I'm beginning to think it would be nice to start making our own more often! I'm visiting from Tasty Tuesday. Hope you'll stop by my blog to say hi. :)

  • Tracey

    This reminds me of growing up in my family – we always had pizza night on Friday! My dad, who rarely cooked, did it all, from the crust to the toppings (along with a little help from the kids!)I posted today about looking for a good marinara sauce recipe, so I appreciate you sharing yours!

  • Sue

    Your pizza looks nice and thick and delicious!

  • Julie

    Love homemade pizza! This looks delicious.

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