I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Deep Fried Pizza Balls

 You can make these any size you want.  If you are going to use this for an appetizer, divide dough into 16 balls.   Remember that they will puff up and get bigger when they are fried.   You could bake these to, to make it less calories and fat, but they won't be as good.  If you don't want to make your own crust, buy a good refrigerated one or buy the crust from a pizza place.

(makes 8 large pizza balls or 16 small ones)

*1 cup warm water
*2 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
*1 teaspoon granulated sugar
*1 teaspoon salt
*2 teaspoons olive oil
*2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
*8 slices provolone cheese
*1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
*small bowl of water
*garlic salt (optional)
*1-1 1/2 cups pizza sauce (I make my own)
*4 -6 cups vegetable oil for frying

Pick the toppings of your choice
*1/2 pound pepperoni, chopped
*1/2 pound ham, cut thin and chopped
*1/2 pound sausage, cooked and crumbled
*1/2 pound bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled
*1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and drained well
*mushrooms, chopped
*onions, chopped small
*green/red bell peppers, chopped small and cooked (I freeze mine and then I don't have to cook it)
*black olives, sliced

~In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water.
~Allow the years to proof, for about 10 minutes.
~In a large bowl, mix flour, salt and olive oil.
~Mix in yeast mixture.
~Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until dough is no longer sticky.  You may need another 1/4 cup flour, but no more.
~Place dough into a well oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap or a damp cloth.
~Allow dough to rise until double, about 1 hour.
~Remove dough,  and form 8 balls.
~Heat oil in a large saucepan to 350 degrees.
~Mix all the topping you want to use together including the mozzarella cheese.
~Divide your toppings into 8 equal piles.
~Roll dough balls out into thin circles, on a lightly floured surface. (work on one pizza at a time).
~Place one slice of provolone cheese on rolled out dough.
~Place toppings over the cheese.
~Bring dough up around the toppings to make a ball.
~Place finger into water bowl and rub water over edges of dough.
~Twist lightly or press together, so that dough seals.
~Carefully, place 1 to 2 pizza balls into hot oil.
~Cook for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes or until golden brown.
~Flip and cooker another 1 to 1 1/2 minutes on the other side or until golden brown.
~Remove from heat and sprinkle lightly with garlic salt.
~Place on plate and dip in pizza sauce.

`If you choose to bake it. Place in a greased baking dish.  Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes, or until dough is a golden brown.

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