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How to Make Better Homemade Pizza
Better Pizza in 5 Easy Steps!
Some people think pizza is pizza. You roll dough out, put sauce on and then a few toppings and you’re done.
But others have figured out the secrets behind a truly great pizza.
I would like to think I am one of those who have figured out the secrets to a great pizza, and after more than 20 years of testing and experience, I would hope I learned something!
So I want to share today how to make better homemade pizza, which will rival any restaurant.
(Note: For some reason, there are people who like thin crust pizza with next-to-nothing on it. While I can’t understand this, I do recognize that different people have different preferences, but I would suggest at least giving these pizza tips a try.)
5 Steps to a Great Homemade Pizza
I am organizing this into five, easy to follow steps that will guide you to better pizza. I am not including in this article how to make pizza dough, or any of the other ingredients, because that can be found in many other places online.
Step 1 - The Sauce
While the dough is really the first step, the spreading of sauce is usually the first mistake.
When spreading pizza sauce on the dough, use only enough to barely cover the dough. You should be able to clearly see the dough through the coat of sauce. Often a few small spoonfuls is more than enough for a large pizza.
The mistake many people make is putting too much sauce on the pizza, which will cause the toppings to slide off of the pizza when trying to eat it.
Not Enough Cheese:
Step 2 – The First Layer of Cheese
Next, toss on a hefty layer of cheese. Don’t go light on cheese. This is often the second mistake many pizza makers make.
This layer of cheese right next to the dough and thin layer of sauce helps make the pizza stick together so it won’t slide apart.
The layer of cheese should come right up to the crust, the closer the better.
Mozzarella is the preferred pizza cheese, however a blend of Italian cheeses is fine, or even a variety of other cheeses will work such as cheddar, Colby Jack, or Peperjack. There is no requirement that you use only one type of cheese, so have try different options.
Pizza Topping Ideas
- Ground Beef
- Green, red, yellow peppers
- Red Onions
- Anything else
Step 3 – Toppings
Now it is time for some fun. A crucial mistake is to not put enough toppings on your pizza.
There are no rules for pizza toppings, no one is forcing you to put only 2 toppings on your pizza, so look around and choose what you like and would want for your pizza.
For example, try cooking up a chopped onion with garlic, green peppers, and sausage and throw that on the pizza, then add pepperonis, mushrooms and corn and see where that takes you.
If there are certain toppings you don’t like, then exclude them. The key is to put everything you do like, onto the pizza.
You can also make a half and half pizza, with some ingredients on one half and different toppings on the other. This is good for groups of people with very picky pallets.
As with the previous layer of cheese, don't skimp on the toppings. This is the 'meat' of the pizza, so put plenty of meat on it!
Example of Possible Toppings:
Step 4 – More Cheese
I am a firm believer that it is almost impossible to have too much cheese on a pizza.
So after you have piled on all your favorite toppings, put on a thick layer of cheese to cover it up.
This layer will melt in between the toppings and help secure it all in place. It will also taste delicious.
I am amazed how many mediocre pizzas could be made better by a generous addition of cheese. Pizza is, after all, bread, cheese and toppings. So don’t go light on the cheese.
At this time you might also want to artistically arrange pepperonis or any other toppings on top of the cheese, to highlight that topping.
What Do You Think?
Will you add more Toppings and Cheese to your next Homemade Pizza
Step 5 – Cook and Eat
Now it is time to cook the pizza until done all the way through. This can be slightly challenging with the extra toppings, but with a good oven and thick crust, you should be fine.
Ensure the cheese is lightly crispy before taking the pizza out of the oven. If you prefer a crispier crust, then cook longer.
While you enjoy a slice of pizza piled high with plenty of cheese and all of your favorite toppings, reflect on any slight changes you might make next time.
Perhaps sausage, pepperonis and ham next time? Or include more vegetables? And, of course add more cheese.
I hope you enjoyed reading this, and that you have a few new ideas for making a better pizza. There is no need for us to live in a world filled with mediocre pizza, so do your part, and start enjoying better homemade pizza today!