The Three "Ps:" Pizza, Party, Perio

    I wanted to give y'all a little update on homemade pizza-making:

    The other night some friends and I got together to go over some information for an upcoming Periodontics exam...and hey! the girls gotta eat so we got some Whole Foods dough, a giant 12oz chunk of fresh mozzarella, and a jar of pasta sauce (because I find marinara to be a little too bland at times and didn't have enough time to doctor it up). Nishal brought some olives and mushrooms for toppings and in about 40 minutes we had a delish dinner.

    Here's what you do:

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

    Dust your rolling area with flour

    Cut the dough in half and roll each into a rectangle using more flour so the dough doesn't stick

    Lay each half onto a baking sheet and poke holes with a fork

    Blind bake (as in, throw the dough into the oven with no sauce yet) until they have almost cooked through - about 15 minutes. The crust will clearly be cooked on the outside - it'll be hard, like crust should be) and a light brown color - you'll also be able to slide it around when you shake the pan. Just don't go too crazy with this step or you're dinner will end up on the floor.

    Take the crusts out and spoon over the sauce, layer on the fresh cheese, and sprinkle the toppings.

    Bake until the cheese is melted - about 10 more minutes. When you take it out, throw on some chopped fresh herbs - we used oregano - but basil would also be nice. This adds a great freshness and POP.

    Let rest for a while, then cut into squares and serve!

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