Saturday Night Pizza Fever

It's Saturday! My favorite day of the weekend.  It's the day I am so unbelievably lazy that it puts Sloth to shame.  For instance, today I woke up at 2PM, dragged my ass down the stairs clutching a book, and walked straight to the couch where I proceeded to lay myself down once again.  I finished my book, noticed it was after 3, and figured I should make some breakfast.  I made bacon and eggs and some strong coffee to wake me up (which didn't work), and Dave and I sat over breakfast until 4:30.  Yes, we ate breakfast in the late afternoon.  And watched the sun go down.

Currently I have chosen a new book to read, set up my record player in my room (which took no man power, believe me) and am listening to opera while I type.  What a life.  I also most likely won't shower or brush my teeth.  Later, I am going to play video games and enjoy my own filth.

But I digress.  The reason for this post was not to show you all how gross I become on the weekends, but to let you in on a delicious, easy pizza that would be perfect for a Saturday night spent indoors, watching movies and staying in your pajamas.

 Gourmet Lazy Evening Pizza

  Ingredients:

-store-bought pizza dough (that you took out that morning and let rise in a large bowl)
-flour
-extra virgin olive oil
-dried rosemary, basil, thyme, salt, pepper
-1 package of Kraft 4 Cheese Italian (which is a blend of emmental, mozzarella, provolone and parmesan cheeses if you don't feel like the packaged stuff)
-1 clove of garlic, minced
-pitted large green olives, sliced
-marinated mushrooms, sliced if large (any store bought kind will do)
-100g of black forest ham (or your ham of choice)
-for an extra gourmet kick, add romano cheese to your list of cheeses  

Set your oven to 450 degrees fahrenheit.  Flour a large surface area and place your dough there.  Flour your dough and rolling pin as well.  You don't want anything to stick!  Roll out your dough to your desired size.  I use a regular cookie sheet for mine.  Place dough on cookie sheet and trim edges to just fit over the edges of the sheet.  This will determine how thick you want your crust to be.  For a thicker crust, trim less away. Do not fold your crust over just yet. 

Brush your dough with olive oil, or use your fingers to spread it all over.  Take some of your 4 cheese mix and place it at the very edges of the pizza, all the way around.  Now it is time to fold over your crust.  Make sure to tuck the cheese blend into the folds and press down lightly with a fork.  You now have a stuffed crust, pizza in the works, yum!  

Sprinkle minced garlic on dough, along with your spices. As little or as much as you like.  Next add your blend of cheeses on top of your spices, saving the romano for last.  Add the olives, mushrooms, and shredded pieces of ham to the pizza as well.

Sprinkle romano cheese to finish.  Lightly salt the crust (coarse sea salt works best!)

Pizza will cook on a low rack in the oven for 15 minutes, depending on how thick your crust is.  It might take a few minutes longer for a thicker crust.  If cheese starts to brown before crust is done, turn down the temperature in your oven to 350 degrees.  The crust is done when the underside is golden brown and the crust itself is no longer doughy.  Just rip off a little piece as a taste test. Let pizza cool for a few minutes and enjoy!

And there you have it! Delicious pizza on a Saturday night! Screw take out!

Now who wants to know what I would make for dessert?  Stay tuned and I will tell you soon.  But first, time to start a new book and continue the laziness!

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