Grandma's Homemade Pizza ala 'Da Boys'

Grandma made pizza with a homemade crust, homemade sauce, and toppings of browned Italian sausage and pepperoni. There's extra zing from crushed red pepper and hot sauce sprinkled over the top. It's a family tradition you might want to start at your house.

In a large bowl, mix together the yeast, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1/2 cup of warm water. Let the mixture stand until the yeast begins to bubble and form a layer of creamy foam on top, about 15...


Ingredients

  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages fast-rising dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C), divided
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 pinch garlic powder, or to taste
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, or more if needed
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons ricotta cheese (optional)
  • 1 (29 ounce) can tomato puree (such as Contadina┬« Tomato Puree)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder, or to taste
  • 1 pinch garlic powder, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 Italian sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 pinch dried oregano, or to taste (optional)
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons melted butter, divided
  • 1 cup shredded pizza cheese blend, or as needed
  • 24 slices pepperoni sausage, or as needed
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or as needed
  • 3 dashes Louisiana-style hot sauce, or to taste

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