Thursday, September 16, 2010

Workhorse Recipes

I love to cook, and I'm always trying new recipes-however, there are a few recipes that I do use frequently because they are the base for so many other dishes.  Here's a couple that I thought I'd share.  Since I'm all stocked up nicely on cheese from a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to share my pizza crust recipe.

Pizza Crust
Courtesy of Miserly Moms by Jonni McCoy

1 C warm water (baby bottle temperature)
1 pkg. dry yeast
1 t sugar
3 C flour
2 T olive oil
1 t salt
1 t garlic powder

In a bowl, mix the yeast, sugar and water, stirring to dissolve the yeast.  Let it rest 5 minutes.  Add the other ingredients (I like to add the flour last).  Knead the dough on a floured board, adding more flour until it's not sticky.  Place in a bowl and cover, letting it rise from 5 minutes to two hours, depending on the texture you would like your dough.  The longer you let it rise, the more bread-like the dough will become.  Punch down the dough and shape into a large pizza.  Sprinkle a cookie sheet or pizza stone with corn meal, if you have it, and place dough on top and then add toppings.

Bake 450 for 10 minutes.

Here's another recipe I use quite a bit when I'm in a rush to get tacos done (that is when we're not making our family recipe tacos-I ate those every Friday night growing up!)

Taco Seasoning Mix
From Make-A-Mix by Eliason, Harward, Westover

2 t instant minced onion
1 t salt
1 t chili powder
1/2 t cornstarch
1/2 t crushed dried red pepper
1/2 t dried minced garlic
1/4 t dried oregano leaves
1/2 t ground cumin

Combine all ingredients.  Makes the equivalent of one pkg. of store bought taco seasoning.  To use: brown 1-1/2 lbs. ground beef, drain.  Add 1/2 C water and seasoning mix.  Simmer 10 minutes.

image credit: photoxpress/franco dimeo

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