Everyone has a favorite pizza, whether it’s from a local restaurant, the frozen food section at the grocery store or even your own home.

Pizzas have come a long way from the time they first became popular in America. Years ago, a lot of people’s only experience with pizza was the bare-bones one made from the Chef Boyardee box. Today, on the other hand, pizzas are made with a variety of toppings, not just grated Parmesan cheese.

Typical pizzas today have sausage, pepperoni, or a combination of both, and maybe some vegetables, along with mozzarella cheese on top. However, our tastes have expanded to include taco pizzas, barbecue chicken pizzas and even macaroni and cheese pizza.

The following California Pizza recipe is yet another choice you may want to try. The avocado slices make it is especially refreshing this time of year.

CALIFORNIA PIZZA

1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce

1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves

1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon garlic or onion powder

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

2 cups Original Bisquick

1/2 cup cold water

2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

2 cups cut-up cooked chicken

1/2 cup sliced black olives

1 medium avocado, cut into 8 slices

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray 12-inch pizza pan with olive oil. Stir together tomato sauce, oregano, basil, salt, garlic powder and pepper; set aside.

Stir Bisquick and cold water until soft dough forms. Press dough in pizza pan, using fingers dipped in olive oil or butter. Pinch edges to form 1/2-inch rim.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup of cheese over dough. Spread tomato sauce over top. Top with chicken and black olives. Sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 cups cheese.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbly. Cut into 8 slices and garnish each serving with a slice of avocado.

Note: To prevent avocado from turning brown, brush the cut surfaces with lemon juice.

For an even tastier crust, try this Paola’s Italian Pizza Dough recipe, which my daughter-in-law, who is from Italy, gave me. It makes 2 crusts:

21 ounces flour

21 ounces warm water

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 package of yeast

Salt to taste

Place flour, salt and yeast in large bowl. Add warm water and olive oil. Mix until dough forms into a ball and knead several minutes. Let rise about 15 minutes, then spread half of the dough onto a 12-inch pizza pan. Save other half of dough for another pizza.

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