Homemade Frozen Pizza Recipe (With Pictures and Step By Step Instructions)
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Why make homemade frozen pizzas?
My husband and I both work and don't always have time to cook. We love to cook large batches of our favorite foods and freeze them for days we don't have time to cook a full meal. Frozen pizzas are one of my personal favorites to make. They take a while to make if you make them in large batches like I do but they do make a simple and great meal once you are done. A frozen pizza only take 15 to 20 minutes to cook and is a great alternative for dinner when you are too busy to cook.
This is my step by step recipe for making home made pizzas that taste great and fresh every time. I've also included pictures of my own pizza making process and tips at the end to help you get the best results for your time.
Homemade Frozen Pizzas
Frozen Pizza Ingredients
- 2/3 Cup Warm Water
- 2 packets Yeast, or 4 1/2 tsps
- 2 Cups Milk
- 1 tsp Salt
- 2 tbp Sugar
- 8 Cups Flour
- 4 tbsp Olive Oil, For the dough. Will need more for baking.
- Cooking Spray
- 4 to 5 15 oz cans Pizza Sauce, Don't use Chef Boyardee. Use any brand other than that. I use Don Pepinos (see below)
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Parmesan Cheese
- Toppings, Sausage, Pepperoni, Onions, Mushrooms, etc.
- Foil/Plastic Wrap
Don Pepinos Pizza Sauce Is My Sauce Choice
The brand of sauce I use is called Don Pepinos. They have regular pizza sauce and New York style pizza sauce. The New York style is hard to find but is the best and tastes like a restaurant sauce. Their regular pizza sauce is also good and makes amazing pizzas. They don't sell it in stores where I live so I buy mine off of amazon. With a pack of 12 you can make maybe 40 to 50 personal pizzas.
Tips To Know Before Starting
- The recipe below makes 10 medium sized pizzas. One of these can feed 2 people. If you make them smaller (personal pizzas) you can make more than 10 pizzas. If you make them larger then you can make a few large pizza to feed several people.
- When I make this recipe I usually double the below ingredients so that I can get around 20 pizzas so that I have plenty of frozen pizzas to have on hand for nights I don't want to cook.
- Sauce is very important in determining how your pizza will taste. I DON'T recommend a low grade sauce like Chef Boyardee. My suggested brand is Don Pepinos but it is only sold in select areas of the U.S. You just have to try different sauces to see which has the best results. You'll need 4 to 5 cans so you could choose a few different brands and experiment to find the sauce you like the most.
- Olive oil is a key ingredient. Make sure you use plenty on the foil before rolling out your crusts onto it. The olive oil is what cooks the crust and helps brown it. If you don't use enough oil you will end up with a pizza that has a soggy crust.
- If you make small personal pizzas and you do end up with fully cooked cheese on the top and an undercooked crust you can warm up a pan on your stove with olive oil in it and can brown the crust by moving the pizza to the pan for a few minutes.
- Take a large bowl and add your yeast and warm water. Let the yeast sit for a few minutes in the warm water until it is dissolved and looks fluffy.
- Add your milk, sugar, salt, and olive oil and mix it until everything is dissolved.
- Start adding your flour one cup at a time, stopping to mix each cup thoroughly. It helps to use a mixer with a hook attachment but a large spoon can also work. It should take around 8 cups (sometimes more, sometimes less) to make your dough. To know you've used enough the dough should not stick to your hands. If you add too much flour add a little olive oil to moisten it up.
- After your dough is formed you'll need to kneed your dough by hand for a few minutes until you can form it into a smooth ball.
- Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and then put your dough in it in a warm place to rise for an hour to an hour and a half. It should be double its size.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Take a sheet of foil big enough for one pizza and place it on your counter. Pour two to three teaspoons of olive oil on the foil and use a paper towel to spread it over the foil. You'll need a separate piece of foil and oil for every individual pizza.
- Roll your pizza dough out on the foil to your desired thickness. I like mine very thin, almost to the point where the dough can be seen through.
- At this point you need to bake each crust for a 3 minutes at 400 degrees until they no longer feel moist/sticky. By pre-baking your crust you are ensuring that they won't be too soggy when you put toppings on them and freeze them. If you don't pre-bake your crust it will end up sticking to the foil when you try to cook your pizza after it's been frozen.
- Let the crusts cool.
- Once cooled start putting toppings on each pizza. The first topping should be sauce.
- Next put Parmesan cheese on it.
- Mozzarella Cheese is the next topping.
- Any meats or vegetables should be put on last. I recommend cooking any meat or vegetables before putting them on the pizzas.
- Wrap each pizza in another layer of foil then wrap a second time in plastic wrap. Two layers should help keep any moisture out while frozen.
- When you want a frozen pizza put it on a pan and bake it at 400 degrees for 20 minutes until the edges and bottom of the crust are brown.
Pictures of The Pizza Building Process
Below are my own personal pictures I took as I made my frozen pizzas. This way you can know what things should look like at every step. If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments section. Good luck!
1. Milk, Water, Oil, Sugar, Yeast, and Salt
2. Add Flour A Bit At A Time
3. Add Flour Until Dough is No Longer Sticky
4. Place In A Covered Bowl And Let Rise
5. Roll Out Your Pizzas On Foil Coated With Olive Oil
6. Bake Each Crust 2 Minutes Then Put On Toppings
7. Wrap and Freeze
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