Thursday, January 19, 2012

Homemade pizza

Ever since I can remember pizza has been my favorite food.
I like it hot or cold 
with all the fixings or just plain cheese
thick crust, thin doesn't matter.   
Come to think of it 
I don't think I have ever met a pizza I didn't like.

But lately I have been loving homemade pizza.
Well semi homemade pizza. 

Mmm... doesn't it look gooooood?!

I thought I'd share the recipe (if you can even call it that) with you in case you want to make some for yourself.  
And trust me you will. 

The minor catch is you have to live by a Trader Joes (unless you know of another place that sells fresh pizza dough OR you could go all Betty Crocker and make your own from scratch) AND a pizza stone (for optimal results). 

Step One- Buy some plain pizza dough from Trader Joes. It's found in the refrigerated section.
(We have tried the whole wheat and the herb dough but like the plain the best). 

Step 2- Buy a can of crushed tomatoes or if you can't find those buy a can of diced tomatoes and give them a whirl in the blender or food processor. 

Step 3: Take out your dough 20 minutes before you want to start making your pizza so it can rest or rise or do whatever it needs to do (just following the directions on the package here). 
ALSO...turn on your oven to 550 degrees AND put your pizza stone in while it is preheating so it can get nice and hot.  

Step 3- Roll out your dough on a floured surface. 
And chop up your toppings. 

Step 4: Once the oven is heated to 550, take out the HOT pizza stone and lay your dough on it. 
Top with mozzarella cheese (I use about half a pound).
Then sprinkle some of the crushed tomatoes on top of the cheese 
and grind or sprinkle some pepper on top. 

Step 5: Add your toppings (the hubs and I love it with veggies but the kids prefer plain cheese so I leave a bit plain for them).
The drizzle olive oil over the whole thing.

Step 6- Pop it in the oven and bake for 6-8 minutes until golden brown and bubbly 
and enjoy!!!

It's also super yummy with some fresh basil on top (after it comes out of the oven). 


Amanda said...

Homemade pizza is our go to dinner at least twice a month! I tend to split my dough up into a few chunks and make a variety of pizzas too.

We have yet to try Trader Joes dough but I am in love with the fresh dough at Walmart, they even have whole wheat! And for only 88 cents! It's the only reason I ever go to Walmart! Haha!

M Mommy to 4 said...

Amanda, I didn't know Walmart sold fresh dough! The Sunflower Market by me sells it though, so I may try theirs. My question is, where would I find it at Walmart? 88 cents is a killer deal!