The Greatest Food–Pizza!

pizza2Everyone has a favorite food. I do. I absolutely love pizza.  My favorite is veggie.  I like a thicker crust, but I know a lot of people are fans of thin crust.   I’m not a fan of Chicago style pizza with the sausage on top.  I cook my own pizza probably twice a month.  But we also order it delivered.  I used to work at Pizza Hut so I admit it might be my favorite, but because I can only get Papa Johns delivered to my house, I eat a lot of it.  My son loves pineapple and jalapeno pizza.  There are some pretty weird pizzas out there. How about Mac & Cheese Pizza? Or Carrot Crust Pizza, Butternut Squash and Crispy Sage Pizza, or Spaghetti Pizza? The creepiest pizza pic I came across had scorpions on it. Surely, they can’t mean for people to eat that? No, I prefer mine with lots of normal pizza veggies: green pepper, onions, mushrooms, olives, etc.








I love Pizza so much I added it to a book, put the recipe in the back and called it Austin’s Pizza.

Austin’s Thick Crust Pizza Pizza Dough

1 cup lukewarm water (105–110 degrees F)

1 envelope yeast (fast-rising, if possible)

2 tablespoons sugar (3 or 4 tablespoons if sweeter dough is preferred)

1 tablespoon olive oil

¾ teaspoon salt

2 to 2 ½ cups flour


  1. Stir warm water, yeast, and ½ teaspoon of the sugar together, cover with plastic wrap, and let stand 5 to 6 minutes until yeast is dissolved.
  2. Add the oil, remaining sugar, and salt to above mixture.
  3. Slowly add flour until stiff.
  4. Knead dough 5 minutes, then cover with cloth.
  5. Let rise in warm place 1  to 1 ½ hours until it doubles in size.
  6. Poke down and use or refrigerate (dough can be frozen).


½ cup of pizza sauce (more or less, depending on taste)

Pizza toppings: fresh veggies and meat should be lightly sautéed before garnishing pizza

Nonstick spray or 1 teaspoon of olive oil

1 ½ to 2 cups shredded pizza cheese blend or mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 475–500 degrees F.
  2. Put pizza dough in a slightly greased 9 x 11 glass or metal casserole pan or a round deep-dish pan of equivalent size.
  3. Spread pizza sauce on dough.
  4. Spread ½ cup cheese on pizza crust (bottom cheese will help keep toppings from falling off).
  5. Garnish pizza with desired toppings.
  6. Add remaining cheese on top.
  7. Cook for 9 to 12 minutes on lower rack of oven. Remove pizza when bottom crust is brown and dough is fully cooked.


What’s your favorite kind of pizza? And let me know if you make Austin’s Pizza and how you liked it.



5 thoughts on “The Greatest Food–Pizza!

  1. Oh yummy! I love pizza as well, but I admit that I’m a bit of a “snob” because I don’t care for the chain pizza places. I like the local/hole-in-the-wall kind of place! They’re usually reaaallllly good there!! Oddly enough though, I prefer cheese pizza. No toppings, though on rare occasions I do like sausage, but very rare! Just give me the cheese and sauce and some red pepper, and I’m happy!! Oh man…now I’m craving pizza and it’s only 10am!! *whelp!

  2. I’m going to have to make that pizza! 😀 My favorite is brickoven pizza. I don’t usually like many toppings. My fiance though loves to pile his pizza like ten feet high!

  3. I absolutely love pineapple pizza (and I’m not sure why people hate it so much) with thick garlic crust. I don’t mind any other topping EXCEPT olives.

    One day I’m going to make a homemade pizza when I get a bigger oven…

  4. Pizza is my favourite food too! Just 2 days ago I bought a shirt that says “More Pizza” haha. I like mine thin crust with any veggies on it. Pineapples and jalapeños yes these but I love olives most! And the cheesier it is, the better!

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