Friday, April 13, 2012

Pizza Basics

We love pizza at our house. Imagine that. An American family that loves pizza? Well, it's true. But we also like to try to eat at home as much as possible. Maybe it goes without saying, but it's cheaper and healthier than eating out. So over the past few years I've perfected our pizza recipe and I would like to share it with you. First off, I use THIS pizza recipe from the Pioneer Woman. She's awesome and using one of her recipes is pretty much a fail safe!

Other things I've picked up over the years that make an outstanding pizza are the following:
Make your dough the night before, and put it the fridge. Take it out and let it warm up before you roll it out or it will be too cold and elastic to roll properly.
Use a baking stone. Put it in the oven and heat your oven on as high as it will go. For us that's 550 degrees.
After rolling out the pizza crust, I place the crust on parchment paper, so I can slide it and the parchment paper onto the hot stone for a super crusty crust.
I put the toppings on, pepperoni last so it curls up nice and crisp.
If you want something really decadent, use whole mozerella and slice it and place it on your pizza. A little more conservative in the calorie area, shred it on.
We also use turkey pepperoni to cut calories.
I also sprinkle on a few dried spices (fresh if I have them) basil, garlic powder, and oregono
Lower the heat to about 475 degrees when you put the pizza in the oven and bake pizza 8-10 minutes until bubbly and brown.


Shanygne said...

I've started making my own dough, too... and now I want to eat pizza ALL THE TIME!!

Tara said...

We make our own pizza too... Spinach and feta is amazing. We also make a vegan--loaded with veggies and sauce and no cheese!!!