1 tablespoon dried oregano (or your favorite herb)
½ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons granulated garlic powder
1 teaspoon granulated onion powder
Freshly ground black pepper
The pizza Sauce:
15 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
1.5 oz. tomato paste (put the rest in an airtight container and freeze for another recipe)
½ teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon (or more) crushed red pepper flakes
1 and ½ teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon dried basil
Grated gouda, mozzarella, or Kasseri cheese (or a combination of all three)
Crumbled feta cheese
Thick meat sauce
Red Pepper Sauce
Leftover cooked chicken
To make the dough:
Combine the water, yeast, sugar, and all-purpose flour in the bowl of a table top mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. (This can also be prepared without a mixer and kneaded by hand) Allow this mixture to sit for 15 minutes so the yeast can activate. It is alive and active when a foamy cloud appears.
Combine the remaining ingredients (except the olive oil) in a large bowl and whisk together. Add to the mixing bowl. Add the olive oil and knead on low speed for 8-10 minutes. If kneading by hand, knead an additional 5 minutes.
Place the dough in a well-oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside to rise until doubled in volume. This can take 1-2 hours. The dough can also be stored in the refrigerator for a slow-rise overnight or up to 4 days.
Preheat the oven to 525 °F, 275 °C.
TIP: For best results place a pizza stone in the oven while it is preheating. This will help create a wonderful pizza crust.
Punch the dough down and divide into 5-6 pieces or more if you’re making smaller pizza boats.
Lightly flour your work surface and roll out each piece of dough into an oblong shape about 10-12 inches long and 6-7 inches wide.
Brush lightly with the herbed olive oil. Sprinkle some crumbled feta around the edges of dough and roll the dough over the feta to form a crust all around. Place onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
Place your favorite fillings in the center. Here are some of my favorite combinations:
2-4 tablespoons of pizza sauce
Combination of shredded gouda and mozzarella cheese
Sliced onions and bell peppers
A layer of basic meat sauce topped with shredded cheese
Tomato Sauce, onions, mushroom slices and an egg
There are so many options for the filling. This is a great time to use up any leftovers in your refrigerator: roasted chicken, roasted veggies, spinach, etc... Get creative!
Lightly brush the crust with the herbed oil and bake for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!
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