Extra Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza

Extra Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza (adapted from Jason and Angie's recipes)

Makes 1 large pizza


Ingredients (crust):

2 1/4 teaspoon dry yeast

1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

1 1/2 cup warm water

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup grated Parmesan

1 tablespoon each - garlic powder, Italian seasoning, onion powder

3 1/3 cups flour


Directions (crust):

1) In a mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the warm water.  Stir and then let sit for 10 minutes.

2) Stir in the salt, oil, parmesan, garlic powder, onion powder, italian seasoning, and flour.  Add flour until the dough is no longer sticky.

3) Place the dough into a well oiled bowl and cover, letting the dough rise for 1 hour.

While the dough rises, you can make your pizza sauce.

Ingredients (sauce):

1 (6oz.) can tomato paste

6oz. warm water

3 tablespoons parmesan

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon anchovy paste**

3/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon each - oregano, marjoram, basil, pepper, cayenne, red pepper flakes


Directions (sauce):

1) Mix everything together and let sit for 30 minutes to blend the flavors.

Once you finish the sauce, and the dough has risen...

Punch down the dough and form a tight ball.  Spread out over a floured (or cornmeal) pizza stone.  Top with sauce, cheese and then pepperoni - I used 16oz. of shredded mozzarella and 6oz. container of pepperoni.

Place the pizza on the bottom rack of your preheated oven.  Bake for 18 - 20 minutes at 425 degrees.

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