Quick Meals

The World's Easiest Homemade Pizza Dough

First off know that I would not be sharing this recipe with you guys unless it was quick and easy, Although, not my motto for life, quick and easy does tend to be my motto in the kitchen.

Any recipe that has yeast in it, I tend to run away from. Bread making really is an art form, and has always intimidated me. This dough, though, is so easy to whip up and seriously only takes about 10 minutes of your time to mix together and than you let it rise and store it in the fridge until you're ready to make your pizzas! This recipe will make four individual pizzas or you can spread it out in flat in a pan to make a couple of larger ones. It's from the Mediterranean Cookbook that I got for Christmas.

The World's Easiest Homemade Pizza Dough - Whitney Don�e

Friday nights are pizza nights around here. Having this designated pizza night makes for one less meal I have to plan for during the week. By Friday night I'm not motivated to cook. I just want to relax on the couch with the hubs and watch some Netflix. 

These pizzas, though a little more work than the delivery guy or the frozen kind from the store, taste so much better and make me feel better knowing that they're healthier and don't contain all the preservatives. I make the sauce and the dough up either on Thursday night or Friday morning, and than once Kendall gets home from work we have fun making our own pizzas together and than settling in to eat them while we binge on Parenthood or watch a movie. Also, I make our pizzas with white wheat flour or wheat flour, and they are super filling and satisfying. Kendall's not hungry an hour or two later and scrounging around for more food, so that's definitely a win in my book.

The recipe for the sauce is originally from the Skinny Taste cookbook, which I also got for Christmas and am loving. You can find the recipe online here. I'll be sharing the tweaks I make to it next week. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 2- 1/4oz packages fast-action dried yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 1/1 cups of tepid water

DIRECTIONS

  • Mix the flour, salt, and yeast together in a medium size mixing bowl
  • Add the oil and water, and then mix to make a dough. The dough will most likely be very wet. Keep adding flour about 1/4 cup at a time until it starts to pull away from the sides and form a ball.
The World's Easiest Homemade Pizza Dough - Whitney Donáe
The World's Easiest Homemade Pizza Dough - Whitney Donáe
  • Once it reaches that point, flour a surface on your counter to knead the dough on and add flour to the dough as needed to form a ball. You don't want it to be too try. though. The original recipe says to kneed the dough 10 minutes, but I never do. I maybe kneed it 2 minutes at the most just to make sure the dough is not too sticky and forms a cohesive unit so to speak..
  • Place the dough back in the bowl and cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let it rise for 2 hours or until the size has about doubled. 
The World's Easiest Homemade Pizza Dough - Whitney Donáe
  • Punch it down when you're ready to cook it and give it a few more kneeds and than divide it into four equal parts
The World's Easiest Homemade Pizza Dough - Whitney Donáe
  • Flour your palm and use it to flatten your dough into a circle or as close to a circle as you can. Can you tell which one is mine and which one is Kendall's? ;)
The World's Easiest Homemade Pizza Dough - Whitney Donáe
The World's Easiest Homemade Pizza Dough - Whitney Donáe
  • Spread your sauce on top and top with your favorite toppings
  • Cook at 400 degrees for 20 minutes

Kendall, being the manly man he is, always does some kind of meat lovers pizza and likes to add some pineapple chunks to it. I'm super basic and like throwing some tomato slices on mind and sprinkle some Greek or Italian seasoning or basil and a little extra sauce on top. 

The World's Easiest Homemade Pizza Dough - Whitney Donáe

What are some of your favorite pizza toppings? I'd love to hear of any unusual toppings or combinations you like in the comments below!

The World's Easiest Homemade Pizza Dough - Whitney Donáe




Cuban Sliders

This past weekend, Kendall's family got to come down and stay with us. We were celebrating Father's Day early since his dad will be gone on a business trip to Germany. It's okay to be slightly jealous ;).

Anyways, I decided to give these Cuban Sliders a shot. I've seen them repinned a thousand times on Pinterest, and they always look so delicious. They definitely lived up to their popularity! I got my recipe from the House of Yumm blog. If you're looking for a quick, easy, and delicious meal to put together for your family or a summer time picnic, you should give these a try. If you're looking for something healthy, these are definitely not it, but they are worth the calories and fat and some extra time on the elliptical. 

First, after you spray your pan, you want to layer the bottom half of some Hawaiian sweet rolls in the bottom or your pan. I got two packages of the sub version of these rolls squeezed into a 9x13 pan.

You than want to add a layer of meat, a layer of cheese, and a layer of pickles.

After you've added your layers, add the top half of the buns.

Combine the minced onions (I used vidalia), the Dijon mustard, and the melted butter in a bowl, and than spread it generously on top. It looks like a mess but most of it will cook into the bread. 

Cover the pan with foil and cook at 325 degrees for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes are up, remove the foil and cook for another 10 minutes. A lot of the sauce will still be visible when you take the sliders out of the oven, but it will finish soaking in after you leave them to sit and cool for a few minutes before eating.

I wish I had taken a picture of them fresh, but we were all starving when they came out of the oven and dug right in! The pics below were taken the day after they were made, and they tasted just as good leftover and cold as they did fresh and warm. :) I hope you enjoy and the full recipe is posted below the pics! 

CUBAN SLIDERS

PREP TIME

5 mins

COOK TIME

25 mins

TOTAL TIME

30 mins

Serves: 12

INGREDIENTS

  • 24 pack of Hawaiian rolls
  • 1 package of sliced ham lunch meat
  • 1 package of 8 slices of swiss cheese
  • dill pickles

Dijon Spread

  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1 stick of melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Grease 9x13 baking pan
  3. Cut the Hawaiian rolls in half removing the top and placing the bottom of the rolls in the baking pan. Layer the meat, cheese, and pickles. Place the top of the rolls on top.

Dijon Spread

  1. Whisk together the butter and the dijon mustard. Add in the minced onion and stir. With a spoon pour the dijon spread over the top of the rolls.
  2. Cover the sliders with foil and bake for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the foil and continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the rolls are a toasted brown.
  4. Cut the sliders and remove from the baking pan. Enjoy!

If you enjoyed these Cuban Sliders as much as we die, please feel free to pin them using the image below!