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Making Pizza 101 with Kids in the Kitchen

Updated on August 25, 2014

Reasons to Make Homemade Pizza

  • Inexpensive meal for families on a budget
  • Fun meal to prepare with children
  • Great recipe to share at a potluck
  • Can be easily customized for picky eaters or those with dietary restrictions
  • Pizza is delicious

How to Make Pizza

You need 3 key ingredients to make pizza: dough, sauce, & toppings.

Rolling out pizza dough
Rolling out pizza dough | Source

1. Dough

You can buy dough at most grocery stores. Fresh dough is best and usually costs less than $2. If you prefer to make your own dough, I have provided some links to recipes (I highly recommend using a KitchenAid for kneading the dough).

Rolling/Stretching Dough

You may choose to roll out your pizza dough using a rolling pin or just stretch it using your hands. Either way, it is best to first put the dough on a lightly floured and flat surface to work it into the desired shape and size.

I use a cookie sheet to cook pizza, so I stretch the dough into a large rectangle.

Use Cookie Sheet or Hot Pizza Stone to Cook Pizza

Once dough has been stretched or rolled out, place it on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking oil and sprinkled with a little corn meal or a heated pizza stone.

If using the cookie sheet, place stretched dough in 425° preheated oven for 5 minutes to slightly heat the crust, avoiding a soggy middle.

Spread pizza sauce on lightly cooked dough to avoid a soggy crust.
Spread pizza sauce on lightly cooked dough to avoid a soggy crust. | Source

2. Sauce

So many options are available at your local grocery store in jars, cans, and sometimes even fresh in the produce department. Alternatively, you may make your own...check out some pizza sauce recipes from other hubbers.

Sauce Alternatives

Who says you have to use a traditional red pizza sauce on your pizza?

Try these delicious alternatives:

  • White Pizza (spread olive oil, optionally add minced garlic & crushed red pepper)
  • Pesto
  • Refried or Black Beans
  • Olive Oil
  • White Sauce

Sauteéing onion, mushroom, sliced black olives, and fresh green spinach in olive oil & minced garlic for topping pizza.
Sauteéing onion, mushroom, sliced black olives, and fresh green spinach in olive oil & minced garlic for topping pizza. | Source
Sprinkling on the cheese (while saying "cheese!")
Sprinkling on the cheese (while saying "cheese!") | Source

3. Toppings

As you can imagine, the combinations are truly endless! Here's a few of our favorites:

  • Eggplant & mushrooms
  • Sliced button & portabello mushrooms sauteéd in minced garlic & olive oil
  • Sauteéd onion & pepper
  • Gimme lean vegetarian sausage & sweet peppers
  • Grilled vegetables (eggplant, peppers, zucchini)
  • Broccoli & sliced tomatoes

After sprinkling on your favorite toppings, optionally add cheese. I say optionally in case their are folks looking for a dairy free pizza recipe. If you like cheese, as I do, add your favorite kind.

Cheese (sliced or shredded)

  • Mozzarella
  • Cheddar
  • Feta
  • Monteray Jack
  • Asiago

Shredded Cheese Tips

I find that most packaged shredded cheeses are very dry and tasteless, but if you have a food processor and buy a block of cheese instead, freshly shredded cheese not only tastes delicious, it is much less expensive than purchasing packaged shredded cheeses.

Cooking Pizza with Children

  • Most kids love to help out in the kitchen. Making homemade pizza is a great recipe to include little helpers.
  • Depending on their age, sprinkling the cheese may be enough responsibility for safety and available attention span, but many children over 3 are able to help out with other tasks while being supervised by an adult.
  • Older children may enjoy helping with rolling out or stretching the dough.

Kids in the Kitchen: Making Pizza (Video)

Once I came across this old home video of my son when he was 2 1/2, I had to share it. He is older now, but still enjoys helping out in the kitchen.

Pizza topped with breaded eggplant, chopped broccoli, traditional red pizza sauce &  a combination of shredded mozzarella &  mexican blend cheeses.
Pizza topped with breaded eggplant, chopped broccoli, traditional red pizza sauce & a combination of shredded mozzarella & mexican blend cheeses. | Source

Baking Pizza

  • Bake your pizza in a 425° oven for 10-15 additional minutes, or until cheese starts to lightly brown and crust is cooked to desired crunchiness.
  • Let cool for about 5 minutes and slice using a pizza wheel.
  • Serve & Enjoy!

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