Happy National Pepperoni Pizza Day!
Did you know, today is the day to appreciate the classical, everyone’s favorite pepperoni pizza!!
Pepperoni pizza is my husband’s favorite food. A whole pizza is good enough for our single meal to share, but because he loves them so much, we now share it like ⅓ or sometimes ¼ for me, the rest is for him. (Isn’t it unfair? I think I deserve a good portion of ice cream for dessert, all by myself.)
One day, we were discussing making pizza from scratch on the way to Trader Joe’s. I was excited to make it from scratch and wondered what toppings should I put. But right after we arrived there, he disappeared somewhere. After a few minutes, he found me and asked where the log version of salami was. I was shocked because he is the one who started our vegetarian diet and was strict about it. But well, sometimes we crave for a specific food and the time is perfect to celebrate National Pepperoni Pizza Day, so here it is to celebrate one of the most admirable food holidays!
Ready to check how to cook? Here we go!
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- 125g bread flour
- 15g all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Sprinkles of salt
- 70cc warm water
- 1 can San Marzano style tomato
- 1 hand basil
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 medium cloves garlic – sliced
- Some salt and pepper
- Some mozzarella cheese
- Some pepperoni/salami
- Get 1 teaspoon water from 70cc water and pour it over yeast. Mix well.
- Combine all other ingredients for dough and mix well to make a big ball. Knead for about 15 min.
- When the dough is a silky big ball, transfer them in a warm place to make them rise, for about 30 min. (I put the dough in a plastic container and float it over warm water to make an easier rise. )
- Prepare the sauce. Pour olive oil in a pan and add garlic. Bring it to medium heat and slowly infuse the aroma of garlic into olive oil. Carefully empty out the tomato can, add basil and cook for about 10 min. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
- When the dough rises, gently squeeze them. Make a ball once again and let it sit for about 20 min.
- Preheat an oven to 425F°
- Spread the dough using a rolling pin or simply pull the dough to make it round.
- Spread sauce, place cheese and salami.
- Bake it in the oven for about 15 min. Enjoy!
Be creative for pepperoni toppings or make sure your knife works just fine when slicing pepperoni(In case you chose log version of salami) or cutting pizza(For those who has pizza cutter, I’m jealous!) Otherwise you’ll have a small fight, possibly ensuing about a whole day about who got more salami;)
Mmm, melted cheese with spicy juicy salami takes us to a dream world! Crispy yet soft crust gives a nice texture while chewing, and savory mellow tomato sauce, cheese, salami are simple yet golden combinations to enjoy pizza!
Trust me, making pizza from scratch is not bad at all. If you make it on your own, you’ll think about buying special flour exclusively for pizza, or a wood fired oven, and eventually opening a pizza parlor after retiring (we did, actually. Thinking about topping combinations was fun too!)
Message to Trader Joe’s Crew in my neighbor:
Why did you change the location of the log of salami from the chilled section to right next to pet food? My husband and I needed to read the package to make sure it’s for human!!😂
<Other Pizza Ideas for Your Pizza Day>
For vegetable lovers! Grilled Veggie Pizza
For corn lovers! Cream Cheese Corn Pizza
Mayo on pizza is especially popular among Asian cuisine. Corn and Chickpea Mayo Pizza
Enjoy cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)