Kids Cook Monday: Homemade Pizza from Scratch
Homemade Gourmet Pizza to Satisfy All Members of the Family
Homemade pizza from scratch is a fun activity to do with kids of all ages. After all, what child doesn't love pizza?
To keep things easier for busy families, these homemade pizza recipes call for prepared pizza shells such as . Of course, you can always make Bobolihomemade pizza dough from scratch, with just a few extra steps and a little more time. Since we are often walking in the door an hour or two after supper time, I love that we can whip this up in 15-20 minutes, or less.
Children ages 3 and up can easily help with this recipe for Prosciutto, Goat Cheese and Arugula pizza. Just have your youngster help crumble the cheese over the top, brush on the olive oil, or sprinkle sea salt or chives on the top of the pizza. Older kids can also help chop arugula or Prosciutto with close parental supervision.
As suggested in the recipe below, you can use your own roasted garlic to add to the base/sauce for this pizza.
Homemade Pizza from Scratch: Prosciutto, Goat Cheese and Arugla Pizza
- 1-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 4 ounces Proscuitto or cooked bacon, chopped or crumbled
- 1/4 cup Arugula or Spinach, chopped
- 1/2 cup Goat Cheese, crumbled
- 1-2 cloves Roasted Garlic, crushed, if desired
- 1 Tablespoon Chives, chopped
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
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Cook Time for Homemade Pizza
- Prep time: 10 min
- Cook time: 10 min
- Ready in: 20 min
- Yields: 6 individual slices (serves 3-4 people)
Instructions for Homemade Pizza Recipe
- Brush prepared pizza shell or pizza crust with olive oil
- If desired, spread roasted garlic over the olive oil on the shell or crust
- Add chopped prosciutto, 3/4 cup of goat cheese and chopped arugula
- Top with remaining goat cheese
- Sprinkle chives and sea salt over the top
- Bake at 400 degrees F for 10-15 minutes, until cheese is slightly browned
- Slice and serve immediately
Make Your Own Homemade Pizza
Tips for Tasty Homemade Pizza from Scratch
We love experimenting with our own tastes and flavors when we make homemade pizza from scratch. Most kids I know only love cheese pizza, but I think that's because they have not been introduced to other healthy, interesting ingredients.
With this recipe, children are introduced to prosciutto - a spicy, salty Italian ham - as well as some delicious and healthy greens and cheese. Pizza recipes are a great way to help your kids discover new tastes in the context of a familiar setting.
As with any homemade pizza recipe, its easy to replace or augment ingredients for a similarly delicious meal or appetizer. Roasted garlic is a flavorful ingredient that adds depth and nutrition, without many calories.
For the tastiest, most "gourmet" pizza, use fresh, organic and locally sourced ingredients. If you have a vegetable garden at home, slice up heirloom tomatoes or use homegrown fresh herbs. Children love to help plant, tend and harvest vegetables and other greens from the garden. They won't even notice that they are learning valuable lessons! High quality cheeses and/or grass-fed meats will also boost the flavor of your homemade pizza.
My final tip is to use fewer ingredients for a big impact. In this homemade gourmet pizza recipe, the simplicity of olive oil, roasted garlic, prosciutto, goat cheese and fresh arugula is a delicious combination that allows you to fully appreciate all the wonderful flavors.
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