Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make Nigerian pizza:
Salt and pepper to taste
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Sliced bell peppers
Sliced pepperoni or sausage (optional)
Olive oil or cooking spray for greasing
Flour for dusting
Step 1: Prepare the Pizza Dough
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, instant yeast, sugar, and salt.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the olive oil.
Gradually add warm water to the mixture while stirring with a spoon or your hands.
Once the dough starts to come together, transfer it to a floured surface and knead for about 5-7 minutes until smooth and elastic.
Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1-2 hours or until it doubles in size.
Step 2: Prepare the Pizza Sauce
In a small bowl, combine the tomato sauce, tomato paste, dried oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, sugar, salt, and pepper.
Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated. Set aside.
Step 3: Preheat and Prepare the Oven
Preheat your oven to 475°F (245°C).
If you have a pizza stone, place it in the oven while preheating. If not, you can use a baking sheet.
Step 4: Shape and Assemble the Pizza
Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it down to release any air bubbles.
Transfer the dough to a floured surface and divide it into two equal portions.
Take one portion and roll it out into a round shape with a thickness of your preference. Repeat with the second portion.
Transfer the rolled-out dough to a greased baking sheet or a pizza peel if using a pizza stone.
Spoon the pizza sauce onto the dough and spread it evenly, leaving a small border around the edges.
Sprinkle half of the shredded mozzarella cheese over the sauce.
Add your desired toppings such as bell peppers, onions, olives, mushrooms, and pepperoni or sausage (if using).
Repeat the process with the second portion of dough and remaining sauce, cheese, and toppings.
Step 5: Bake the Pizza
Carefully transfer the prepared pizzas to the preheated oven.
Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until the crust turns golden brown and the cheese is bubbly and slightly browned.
Keep an eye on the pizzas while baking to prevent burning.
Step 6: Serve and Enjoy!
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