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How to Make Pizza; An Easy Recipe for Homemade Pizza
Homemade, but not from scratch
As most of us have busy lives, spending a few hours to make something from scratch is not exactly a realistic idea. Although more rewarding and usually healthier, making food from scratch is not always easy. However, making a pizza with store-bought ingredients is a close second.
As the average American eats 23 pounds of pizza a year (that's 350 slices a second), and worldwide about 5 billion pizzas are consumed yearly, it is clear that pizza is a popular choice!
Below is a quick and easy recipe for making pizza. Using store bought ingredients may be a bit of a cheat, but you can have a pizza ready to eat in about 20 minutes!
To make pizza as healthy as possible, use extra virgin olive oil instead of sauce, prepare your own dough and thin the crust, use organic and non-genetically modified ingredients, and go light on the cheese.
By all means, though, maka-da-pizza!
- Pizza crust (premade or from scratch; Trader Joe's has a fantastic vegan dough for under a couple of bucks)
- Cheese (mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan, fontina, feta, American, etc.)
- Toppings, toppings, and more toppings!*
*A few suggestions for toppings:
Meats: pepperoni, ham, sausage, bacon, chicken, beef, shrimp, salami, crab
Fruits: pineapple, starfruit, grapes, mango - Fruits typically do not hold well when baking on a pizza, but feel free to give it a try!
Toppings will spread out a bit while cooking. So, if you desire a pizza loaded with toppings, layering is recommended.
**Suggestions for seasonings:
oregano, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, basil, rosemary, white pepper, dehydrated onions or peppers, capers
- Preheat the oven according to the crust packaging (usually 425-450 degrees)
- Grease a large cookie sheet, pizza pan, or pizza stone (I do a light coat of olive oil.) -If using a pizza stone, heat the stone in the oven for a few minutes and then put aluminum foil on the stone prior to greasing it.
- Spread the crust over the pan (or place it on the pan, if it is premade)
- Slather on the sauce! (1 cup is recommended)
- Sprinkle a dash of seasoning on the sauce
- Add a layer of cheese to your liking
- Add toppings of your choice
- If desired, dash a bit more seasoning on top
- Cook as advised on the crust packaging (usually about 15-17 minutes for store bough crust, 25-30 minutes for homemade crust)
- Let cool for a moment, slice, and serve!
Variations and Ideas
To go the extra mile, sprinkle some cheese around the perimeter, and gently fold the crust inwards and over the cheese. Now, you have a stuffed crust!
Over the sauce, sprinkle a thin layer of cheese. Add toppings, and then sprinkle another thin layer of cheese on top. It's an extra cheese, layered pizza!
Instead of pizza sauce, you could use:
- blue cheese
- barbeque sauce
- hot sauce
- no sauce
- spaghetti sauce
- vodka sauce
- olive oil and basil