Pizza à la Candy (…there is no candy on this pizza).

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MMMMMMMM. MMMM. MM.

No need for romance copy. Pizza speaks for itself. Ooey gooey delicious pizza. We all love it. I love it. My hubby loves it. YOU love it.

The great things about making your own pizza are:

#1: It’s cheap! We estimated it costs between $5.50-9.50 for all the ingredients (not including staples such as salt/pepper, olive oil).

#2: It’s easy to personalize pizza. You can use your favorite toppings.

#3: It’s easy to make. And if you have kids or a hubby who like to help out, it’s always fun for them to decorate with their own toppings.

Pizza à la Candy (serves 4-6)

Ingredients:

  • 1 package store bought pizza dough
  • tomato sauce (1/3 to 1/2 jar)
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. caraway seeds
  • 1 tsp. italian seasoning
  • fresh basil leaves, a handful
  • 5-6 slices of tomato, sliced thinly
  • 2-3 sausage links, casings removed and cooked
  • 2-3 oz. olives, sliced 
  • mozzarella (approx. 6-8 oz.), thinly sliced
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

Directions:

I call this Pizza à la Candy. It really sucks having a name like Candy; as you can imagine, the jokes are endless. And unfortunately while having a food blog, it gets confusing. Don’t worry, there is no candy on this pizza.

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 Remove the casings on the sausage links and cook thoroughly.

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Slice the cheese thinly with a cheese slicer like this, or a handheld cheese slicer. When I cut slices with a knife, they never came out thin enough. And I like to cover more surface area with cheese this way.

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Our favorite toppings: mozzarella, basil, sausage, tomatoes, olives.

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Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.

Grease a baking sheet with olive oil. I really need a better baking sheet, because this is an airbake, and the crust never gets crispy enough. In fact, I really need a pizza stone (hint hint)…

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I like to stretch the dough by hand first. Just pick up a ball of dough, and stretch and pull until it’s thinned out enough, and plop it onto the baking sheet.

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Using your fingers and palms, gently knead the dough from the center out. Be patient – the longer you work the dough, the more it’ll stretch and stay that way. Doing it too fast just causes the dough to rip apart or refuse to stretch out and stick.

Close enough, this is acceptable enough for me. And I’m hungry.

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 Spread tomato sauce on the dough.  Add caraway seeds, italian seasoning, and a teaspoon of sugar.

Caraway seeds - aids in digestion and decreases gas and bloating (especially from sausages and tomato sauce). Add some if you don’t want to sleep on the couch tonight.

Sugar – cuts the acidity so you don’t wake up at 3am and realize you should’ve taken a Pepcid hours ago.

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Add tomatoes, basil, sausage, olives. The tomatoes will release alot of water in the oven, and might make everything a little soggy if not cut VERY thin.

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Please, be generous with the cheese. Don’t be shy. Cover the entire thing with lots and lots of delicious cheese.

I used Belgioioso cheese, which is a higher quality and doesn’t get all greasy when baked. So I drizzled olive oil to help it brown in the oven.

Brush some olive oil on the crust to help it brown too.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Bake for approx. 17-20 minutes. For the last 5 minutes watch it in the oven to see if it needs more time.

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Take out of the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.

Mmmmmmmm. Doesn’t that look gorgeous?

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I used this vegetable chopper as my pizza slicer. It works just as well as a pizza slicer.

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Serve fast and enjoy! :)

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Bonus:

There were some extra dough and toppings I had leftover so I decided to make my ‘sweetheart‘ a surprise pizza. After taking it out of the oven and surprising him, he ‘broke my heart’, and ate some.

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Sorry…that was such a ‘cheesy’ joke. But ‘olive’ him.

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I’ll shut up now.

11 Thoughts on “Pizza à la Candy (…there is no candy on this pizza).

  1. I can just imagine seeing the mozzarella cheese stretching out as you go in for a slice of this pizza. Looks good!

  2. Candy on June 11, 2009 at 4:06 pm said:

    if you can taste the pixels…then I’ve done my job. :)

  3. candy, love ye idea!! and the toppings too :) vat a great shots!! really impressive!! i just cant wait to have a slice of pizza. candy pizza sounds rili delish :D
    cheers!!

  4. excellent suggestion with the sugar – i will try that next time. the pizza looks just divine!!

  5. This pizza looks better than the pizza I get when I order from my local pizza place!

  6. Candy on June 11, 2009 at 7:24 pm said:

    Nora – thanks again :)

    kiss my spatula – I ALWAYS get heartburn/acid reflux, and the sugar is a lifesaver.

    Faith – if only Papa John’s stayed looking fresh when it’s delivered to your door, and cost $15 less… :)

  7. Hi There,

    I wanted to let you know that our website, FoodieView (www.foodieview.com) recently launched a new feature, Foodie Views of the Day (www.foodieview.com/views/). The idea is to provide an alternative forum where foodies can share their culinary photography talents. The feature also allows your readers to vote on their favorite pictures.

    We would really love showcase some of your photos on Foodie Views of the Day. Please let us know if you are comfortable with our use of the photos from Soup Belly. Additionally, if you have photos to which you are particularly partial, or which you would especially like to show off, please feel free to send them to me or to submit them directly to the site by following this link: http://www.foodieview.com/views/submit_info.jsp

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  8. Candy on June 13, 2009 at 11:32 pm said:

    Hi Michele, thanks for the great info! I will e-mail you shortly :)

  9. Hi Candy,

    I’m laughing at the commenter I just read. It seems we have similar ideas! Actually, I’m reaching out after spotting you on Tastespotting. I have started a site which publishes any food photos that have not been accepted at those types of sites (many of us have them!). It’s a lot of fun, I hope you will swing by and check it out!

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    Casey
    Editor
    http://www.tastestopping.wordpress.com

    P.S We have had homemade pizza planned for this Friday (since last Sunday) and your post makes me want the week to HURRY UP already!

  10. Casey – I’m definitely in!!! What a great idea.

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