Homemade pizza

Some days just call for a homemade pizza.  For instance, I had thrown a party and had leftovers up the whazoo of things like fresh mozzarella, marinated artichoke hearts, fresh peppers, broccoli, etc.  Best way that I could think of to use them all up was to make a pizza.

the ingredients

When I make a pizza at home I will sometimes use a store-bought dough.  It’s not that making your own is difficult, in fact it’s quite easy and you can make lots of it at once and freeze it.  I just didn’t happen to have any on hand in this instance, and I didn’t feel like making it.

  • I preheat the oven to 500 degrees so that it’s nice and hot when the pie first goes in
  • Next I roll out my dough on a well-floured surface, making sure not to make any spots see-through thin but also working out any air bubbles, and place it on a room-temperature pizza/bread stone
  • I spread my favorite sauce over the dough, thinly (of it’s too thick then the dough will be soggy)

sauced dough

  • Then add the toppings which may include meats, veggies, herbs, cheese- anything you like

the toppings

  • Pop the pizza, on the stone, into the oven and decrease the heat to 425 degrees.  Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the crust turns a beautiful golden brown and the cheese is thoroughly melted

the finished pie

  • Let the pie rest for a couple of minutes, slice and serve

J