There are some times you're full of crap, but really just cross your fingers and hope you're right.
Intuition, cockiness, confidence, whatever. Anyway you call it, you just know.
In a medium sized bowl, pour 2/3 inch warm water. Add one packet of dry yeast and a brief handful of sugar. Stir it up, and let it sit and slightly foam for about 5-7 minutes.
Add a couple cups of flour, a generous pinch of sea salt, and a couple few gollups of olive oil. When the dough forms a ball that starts to pull bits of dough from the side of the bowl, pour it out into a floured surface, and knead for about 8-12 minutes. The more you develop the gluten, the dough will have more elasticity, which means that when the yeast (which is active & living-yes, like the Bible) creates its gas, it will push up on the dough. But once the gluten forms a strong ceiling, the gas pushes up on the dough and cause the dough to rise, rather than breaking through the ceiling like a superhero.
Once you have your dough to the place you want it, let it rise in an oiled bowl, cover with with a towel, and set it someplace warm 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
Now, pizza sauce-taste it out.
Also, crazy town! Some people add a bit of sugar to their pizza sauce to counteract the acidity of the tomato. However, if you add a scant 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, it helps neutralize the pH balance of the sauce, causing it to be a bit sweeter. Crazy, eh? Speaking of eh . . .
I'm sure you're not here for the gushy stuff. My apologies (but not really at all).
Ok! Your dough should be a-risin', so throw it out onto a slightly floured surface and punch that sucker down.
Lightly grease a pizza pan and spread out your dough to the edges of the pan.
Brush the top of the dough with oil that can infuse with . . . whatever. Sea salt & Greek seasoning & oregano & white pepper & etc . . . crazy combo infusion is a beautiful thing.
Take it out & spread your sauce.
Here is the fun, beautiful part! You get to add whatever you want. Want to add dollops of bacon & chive chevre (goat's milk)? Do it. Maybe you want to add quartered artichoke hearts, slightly sauteed summer squash slices, and arugula (post baking). I didn't do that, but that does sound delish . . .
I added about 1- 1 1/2 cups of a mozzarella & parmesan mix, and slightly sauteed red pepper slices, white onion slices, & slices mushrooms.
Because pizza is too good to not have it just like you like, right? Always.
It's Wednesday-perfect pizza night. Throw one together. Get that feeling. Use that intuition. And go crazy.
Watching: "Because I Said So"