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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Papa Murphy's: Your new pizza night go to

Friday night is most often pizza night around our house. The littles and I love a good pizza (as does Dad but he's just not as crazy about it as we are.) Often I make my own dough and we do a homemade made pizza which the littles love to help with. However there are always those days that we get busy, or just plain don't feel like going through the trouble and that's when we get on our phone and order from the local pizza place. That's not a bad thing but it's always greasier and not as healthy as homemade. 

I have the solution though to those nights we want the homemade without the effort of homemade. Papa Murphys! I was invited to go on a behind the counter tour last week of our local store (1604 and Bandera) and see exactly how fresh everything really is. When you walk in you can see the counter with the ingredients as well as the to-go  selection of cookie dough, fresh salads and kids Mini-Muphy kits (so they can make their own!) 

We go to see a little more than just over the counter though. The owners told us a little about them and a lot about the pizza and we got to see everything! This is one of the two lines where the pizzas are made. You can add whatever you want to your pizza and you'll always get the same amount no matter who makes your pizza because everything is measured either by scale, counted or by a measuring cup to make sure your pizza tastes and bakes exactly as it should. Too many ingredients can cause it not to back properly - resulting in you not able to enjoy your pizza and too little is just going to leave you wanting and they don't want that! 

Look how fresh (and nicely chilled!) everything on the line is! 

Most pizzas you can pick what you want when you order and they'll bring out the crust and top it with whatever you want (can even be 1/2 and 1/2, or even a 1/4 with a something different!) Behind the register in the glass doors of the freezer are also a few Fave pizzas ready to go (great if you are in a hurry) along with dessert pizzas (cinnamon or s'mores - yum!) and breadsticks. 

Then we headed back into the back area. This is the large freezer that the glass doors in the picture above also open into. In here you'll find all the dough balls sitting a proofing after they've been made as well as tons of freshly shredded 100% whole milk mozzarella cheese. 

We watched as they mixed up a batch of dough - right there. No frozen dough shipped in. It all starts with flour, the right amount of water that's at the perfect temperature and yeast. While the dough mixed in the giant mixer. We saw how the dough balls that were ready are sheeted (no rolling pin needed here!) and placed onto the baking trays - ready to be topped however you want. 
Then we saw the giant dough ball and how it is weighed out into the perfect sized dough balls for all the various sizes of pizzas. 
Finally we ended back where we started and got a lesson in making our own pizzas. The perfect amount of sauce, plenty of cheese (but not too make where it won't bake in the center) and toppings galore to choose from. We all tried our hand at pizza making and went home with dinner. 
Come dinner time all we had to do was turn on the oven, unwrap and bake the pizza. No photos of the eating because everyone was so hungry it was eaten before I remembered! 

*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and I was provided with the tour and pizza to take home but all opinions are my own.  

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