They figured they could swing that but were counting on these little Jiffy boxes of pizza dough mix. Their store got rid of them to carry the Betty Crocker meals (with meat in them).
So the party is this Friday and they need crust. They need an easy crust. "And I'm not good with yeast," the woman wrote.
Then the easiest thing is to go to the baking section of your grocery store and pick up a box of Bisquick. Go for the forty ounce box. (You can go smaller if your store has it, mine doesn't.) It runs for about four dollars.
3 cups of Bisquick
3/4 cup water
Preheat oven to 425. Mix the two ingredients. Cover with a hand towel. Grease pizza pan (I use olive oil). With a paper towel, get rid of excess grease. I use that paper towel to grease my other pizza pan. I do three pizzas at a time. The e-mailer said she had two pizza pans so I'll assume she does two at a time.
Take the mixed water and Bisquick (which is now doughy) and press it out around the pan to make a circle. After you've done that, you can pop the pan with dough pressed out on it into the oven for five to eight minutes. That will give it some firmness.
Now that's for average crust. If you want thick, I'd say add 1 cup extra Bisquick. If you want it thinner, drop a half-cup to a cup from the recipe.
A word on toppings (or two or more words). Do vegetables. If they all like pepperoni, you might buy some pepperoni. Maybe even some Canadian Bacon, but that's really it. What you should get is some onions that you slice, some bell peppers that you slice, some mushrooms, some olives (black and green -- already sliced) and some slice jalepeno peppers. You'll find those will end up going on more of the pizza than the meat.
Unless you have a meat lovers type, you'll find that the kids use more of the vegetables just because they're available and they'll try to use one of each minimum.
An easy pizza sauce recipe is 1 small can of tomato paste. Empty it out into a bowl. Add a dash of oregno and one can of water (the tomato paste can) and then stir. If the consistency is too thick for your taste, add a second can of water.
I hope that helps and I'm sure your party will be a big hit. Oh, remember ice! In the summer, ice can make the kids party and I'm not joking as anyone adult who's thrown a kid's party knows.
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