Thanks to Mezzetta for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to spice up my favorite Holiday recipe!
In my family, we have a lot holiday traditions. We go pick out a fresh Christmas tree from a local lot, we watch Home Alone 2 and quote our favorite parts along with the actors, and we have pizza for dinner on every single Christmas Eve. A few times, we’ve ordered it in from a restaurant, but for the most part, my parents make it from scratch every year, and it’s delicious! I look forward to Christmas Eve so much, knowing that my parents will make their pizza, we’ll watch parts of the 24-hour showing of A Christmas Story, we’ll each open one present, and then my dad will read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas before we all go to bed. It truly is one of my favorite days of the year!
When Mezzetta offered me the chance to incorporate their products into one of my favorite holiday recipes, I immediately knew I wanted to share my parents’ pizza recipe! Before I go into the details on how to make one of the greatest pizzas of all time, let me tell you all little about how awesome Mezzetta products are first. Mezzetta has been family owned since 1935, and the fourth generation of the Mezzetta family is continuing the commitment to bring their customers the highest quality foods available. They source the finest fresh produce from the sun-drenched soils of California, Italy, Spain, France, and Greece and prepare them according to their Italian family recipes in the Napa Valley.
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Even better news? If you don’t win one of the gift baskets, you can still try Mezzetta products with this 50 cents off coupon!
Ready to learn how to make my parents’ famous pizza recipe?
3 oz warm water
1/2 tsp active-dry yeast
1 cup flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup to 1 cup pizza sauce
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1 to 2 Mezzetta Roasted Bell Peppers
3 Mezzetta Imported Cocktail Onions
Pizza seasoning, if desired
Mezzetta Jalapeno Stuffed Olives, to serve on the side
Dissolve the yeast in a bowl with the warm water.
Add in the flour and salt, and stir until a dough begins to form.
Spread a little flour on the counter, then work the dough with your hands until it it smooth, or about 5 minutes. The dough will still be slightly sticky, but if it is too sticky to work with, you can add additional flour as needed.
Cover the dough with the bowl, and allow to sit for 10 minutes. While the dough is sitting, slice the Mezzetta bell peppers and onions.
Place a piece of parchment paper on a pizza pan. Use your hands to stretch the dough into a circle, then place on the parchment paper and use the heel of your hands to stretch the crust to about 1/4 inch.
Top the crust with the pizza sauce, then with the mozzarella cheese. Top with the sliced Mezzetta bell peppers, onions, and pizza seasoning, if desired.
Bake at 500 for 5 minutes, then use a spatula to remove the parchment paper.
Allow the pizza to continue cooking directly on the pan for another 3-5 minutes.
Slice the pizza with a pizza cutter, and enjoy!
We served some Mezzetta Jalapeno Stuffed Olives on the side, which is highly recommended!
What is your favorite holiday recipe? Do you have a certain thing you eat every Christmas Eve?
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