Hey, did ya know I'm a tad bit famous (to my husband and a few friends) for my pizza making?  Ok, maybe famous is a little stretch, but I am not lying when I say I make some good pizza.  It all starts with the dough....


You can buy it at Publix.  You'll have to ask the person behind the bakery line for it.
Repeat after me, "I need a pizza dough ball."  It sounds weird, but it works every time!
Trust me, do not use the pizza dough in a can (sorry Pillsbury!)

This pizza, "The Mackenzie," was inspired by an awesome deep dish I tried in Eugene, OR.  I was obsessed with it for weeks and I just had to try and make it myself.  I'm used to making buffalo chicken pizza, but it was time to try something new!

"The Mackenzie"
Here's what you need:
  • Flour
  • Rolling pin
  • Cooking spray
  • Italian pizza dough ball (from Publix)
  • A roll of ground turkey sausage
  • Frozen spinach
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Pizza sauce (I used to make this, but found it easier to buy it at the store)
  • 2 Tomatoes

Directions:
  1. Leave the dough ball out for 1 hour before use.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Brown the ground turkey sausage over medium heat.
  4. Thaw frozen spinach in a bowl of water.
  5. Slice tomatoes.
For Pizza Dough:
  1. Start with a clean work surface.  Sprinkle with flour to avoid sticking. Rub flour onto Rolling Pin.
  2. Roll dough ball out on floured surface, starting from the center and rolling out. 
  3. Be brave and pick up that rolled out dough and give it a toss in the air.  I'm going to try and describe this as well as I can.  Ball up your fists, get the dough on top of both fists, toss in the air in a way that makes it go around (ok, that wasn't very clear.)  But I'm sure you can YouTube a video of someone tossing pizza dough.
  4. Once you get it thin enough, spray some cooking spray on a pan and lay the dough out on it (stretch it out if it shrinks a bit during transfer). 

Finish the pizza: 
  1. Add pizza sauce, cheese, sausage, spinach, more cheese, and tomatoe slices.
  2. Bake for 20 minutes, cute and serve! 
(above our awesome retro timer, the only thing I could afford at Anthropologie)

I hope your pizza turns out!  My first try resulted in a 5 inch thick pizza, so don't worry if it's not perfect the first go-around!  It ended up making for a good story! Over time it gets better.


YUM!



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