Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Homemade pizza is probably our favorite food to make and eat. This is how we do it:
We used to always use Trader Joe's pre-made pizza crust. It is tasty, contains very few ingredients and always turns out perfectly. Then, during my all-from-scratch-challenge in April, we tried out the Pioneer Woman's pizza crust recipe. It is so fast and easy and also has only 4 ingredients (not counting water). It has become my new standby.
Likewise, we also used to use the Trader Joe's pizza sauce. However, now I make up a batch of Jamie Oliver's tomato sauce which is the perfect amount for two pizzas PLUS pasta later in the week. The only changes I make from Jamie's recipe are not straining it (I like it more rustic and chunky) and I add a couple teaspoons of balsamic vinegar while it's simmering away. Amazing!
Some of our favorite combinations are:
Margarita - fresh mozzarella, basil, tomato (thinly sliced), garlic, salt, pepper, olive oil
Greek - mozzarella, feta, red onion, basil, kalamata olives (halved), oregano
Veggie - mushrooms, bell peppers, red onion, spinach
Pepperoni - Gourmet pepperoni from TJ, red pepper flakes, oregano
Sausage - spicy Italian sausage (removed from casing and cooked), green bell pepper, fresh tomato
Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees, with pizza stone (a MUST) on very bottom shelf setting. Sprinkle flat cookie sheet or pizza peel with corn meal. Shape dough on lightly floured surface then transfer to cookie sheet. Throw the toppings on.
When oven has come to temperature, gently slide assembled pizza from sheet onto hot pizza stone (I leave the stone in the oven and just pull the shelf out). Bake for 8-11 minutes, until crust is golden and all cheese is melted.
Slide pizza from pan to cutting board and let cool for 5-10 minutes (this will help keep your toppings on the pizza when you cut).
Homemade pizza is SO much better than take-out. There is really no comparison. It's cheaper, fresher, better for you, tastier and fun to make! I would rather do the work to make it myself than buy it out any day. I think I'll make it tonight. :)