Stress Pizza and a Chance to Use Extra Sourdough Starter

I am always trying new recipes for pizza, striving to find the best one. So far this is it. I am also having trouble bringing myself to throw away sourdough starter which you are supposed to do each time you feed it. This pizza dough uses starter so I think we will be eating a lot of pizza around here. This was also unplanned pizza. For those of you not consumed with the NFL playoffs, we are in the midst of them. These games make me very nervous and the only way I can calm myself down is to cook. I was such a ball of tension just before the games this past weekend that I had to make something. This is the result.

  • 3 cups sourdough starter
  • 8 T. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • mix this all together and knead until you have a smooth ball of dough. This is meant to be a crisp thin crust pizza so no reason to make this rise. Split the ball into 4 pieces and place each piece on a piece of parchment paper sprinkled with four.
  • Preheat your oven to 500 degrees with a pizza stone in it
  • Shape each piece into a flat disk.

    Push the dough into a thin sheet using the tips of your fingers.

    Brush each one with olive oil and bake them for 7 minutes.

    I made a simple sauce by using 2 large cans of crushed Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomatoes and 1 large can of tomato paste. I added some granulated garlic and onion (2 T. each), 1 T. black pepper, 2 T. dried oregano, 1 T. sugar and 2 T. Italian seasoning. Not need to cook this.

    Spread the partially cooked crust with some of the sauce. Top with some sliced mozzerella and provolone.

    Sprinkle with some grated asiago cheese.

    This one was topped with halved, seasoned, green olives and then sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

    This one was topped with shaved fresh mushrooms.

    The pepperoni pizza was topped with fresh basil after it came out of the oven.

    I called the Blog Tech and told him I was making stress pizzas and that he should call his friends. He said he was relieved when he picked them up to find that their were only 4 and not the 20 he expected.

    Teddy is the best pizza helper in the world. She is always glued to my feet when I make pizza because she knows with all the grating and slicing of cheese that the chances are very good some will hit the floor. She does an excellent job of cleaning the floor after me. And she is a bit of a pizza crust addict!


    My Grama's Soul said…
    Good morning.....I love it that you cook when you are stressed....I EAT....I'm commin' over!!!! (O:(O:(O:

    Have a great day,

    Teresa said…
    With the blog tech to eat and Teddy to clean up, all you have to do is cook. How awesome!
    Those who follow our blog know we love pizza, and I have to say, the ones you show above look fantastic!
    Pricilla said…
    You crack me up.
    They look quite yummy.
    I love those fire roasted tomatoes.
    Chris said…
    These look fabulous...but did the last ones!! I could just about live on pizza and Teddy could have most of the crust, so we'd make a good team!!
    Anonymous said…
    They do look delicious, even the olive one even if I really don´t like olives :-) :-) :-)

    I´m not much for American Football, but I guess that´s because I really don´t understand the rules :-) :-)

    Have a great day now!
    Pizza's are definitely a comfort food and stress relievers! We soothe our frazzled selves with each luscious bite.

    I had to smile when you spoke of Teddy being somewhat a pizza crust addict. My Zoe loved pizza crust, when we ordered pizza, we would say "pizza-pizza", and she was beside herself until she tasted the first pizza crust.


    xoxo to "Teddy Loves Pizza Crust".
    Wizardess said…
    Thank you, madam! Now I have something to do with my extra Frith: that's my starter's name.
    Rosemary said…
    Foot ball is not my stressor hockey is. I am so going to have to try sourdough starter especially if I can make pizzas that looks as good as yours do.
    Stress pizza! That's so funny!
    my pick for my last meal on earth...i LOVE pizza !!!!

    made it last night and had the leftover slice for good.....


    and Teddy loves the crust too....
    I have not made a pizza for ages, time I made one again for a change. Thanks for the reminder.Diane
    Guillaume said…
    All right, stop taunting me!
    Ohhhhhhhh mercy! That looks so good!

    I've been wanting a pizza too, even though it has to be Gluten/Free crust now for me. But found a G/F frozen crust which isn't tooooo baddddd. Nothing is like the real thing but.. Ya' gotta' do what ya' gotta' do. :-)

    And when I do my own topping, it perks it up.

    We were so psyched, that the NY Jets won on Sun.! They weren't *supposed* to, and that is so much fun. I'm gonna' be on pins and needles next week, when they have to play again, though. EEEEEEEEEEK! -sigh- -moan-

    And we usually have a house full of fans, on Super Bowl Sun. as we have a big tv. ,-)))) But they bring food. I just provide the paper plates, cups, etc.

    Hugs & ♥'s...
    'Cause Valentine Day is coming!
    SharleneT said…
    I'm still working on the other pizza recipe. Made it once and it worked but my toppings weren't wow-factor. So, will give it the old college try again later this week! You are just too cool!
    Anonymous said…
    Oh Great! DH is not fond of pizza- and for that I am ever grateful - keeps me from having it too often -now though I think I can do this, and why not, when he is the chief scone maker in the house? I do miss the little floor nozzle who cleaned the floor of yummy droppings, there is another good reason for my looking for another dog! Loved the bean soup and will be on the look out for the special sausage - - our Meyer Lemons did get frozen on the tree still juicy but not any flavor, too bad!
    This blog is pure heaven!! I mean that! If you had a cook book..I honestly think it would be the most famous one ever!! I do! I do!! :)
    I went through my scrapbook goodies again last night! :) I am getting started using some of them this weekend. I am dying to make a few pages and see how I do!!! Thanks again!!
    GardenGeek said…
    What a delicious looking pizza!
    I get so tense, too, while watching my team- I am sort of relieved that they are out of the picture. Good luck to your team!
    Oh that pizza looks amazing! I got stressed during playoffs, too - especially since my team (New England) LOST! :( Too bad there wasn't pizza around! Theresa
    Tournesol said…
    Homemade pizza is the best! These look great! I also have a couple of kitchen helpers that wait so patiently for the droppings.
    Mina said…
    Looks marvelous! I'll bet my husband wished I cooked when I felt tension. Or maybe not. ;-)
    Shepherdess55 said…
    How long do you bake the pizzas?