Thanks, guys! We do have a good pizza place in town and my younger daughter's boyfriend used to work there, so maybe I could score some dough that way. Who knows, maybe even land a gig selling grilled pizza 1 night a week!
I want to add some dried herbs and herb-infused olive oil to the crust this time so I could use a packaged dough mix, but I've never tried dough with the bread machine before and am interested to see how it turns out.
Brad, considering your options, perhaps I can share... Many moon ago when I worked in a pizzeria restaurant, there were folks who came in seeking to buy the dough. And it was a good one. So that sounds like one good way to go for a quick dough. Alternatively, if you have a Trader Joe's nearby, they sell a decent dough as well, one variety of which also features incorporated garlic and herbs.
As for boxed varieties, many of those produce quick breads, i.e. they're made to rise with double acting baking powder, and not yeast as all. So I don't think you'd want your bread machine for that.
Seeing your desire to try the herbs in your dough, I can offer a simple, basic formula to make a dough that serves very well. Coincidentally I always incorporate an extra tsp of crushed oregano in my doughs... luv the stuff and what it does to and for the dough. Here goes:
3 cups flour (all purpose is just fine).
1 1/4 cups warm water
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp yeast (preferably instant yeast. SAF is a great maker of that).
2 Tbs oil
With instant yeast, you do not need to "proof" it or any of that stuff. Simply mix the dry ingredients. Add your water and mix/knead that up until all the flour and water are a consistent mass. Then add your oil and mix that in and knead until proper consistency.