Well, I’m back from the Healthy Living Summit in Chicago! I had lots of fun and have lots of informational and fun things to share with you all. Reading my blog for the first time? Hello and welcome!
When I got home this afternoon, I was exhausted. However, for some reason I really wanted to cook something for dinner. So I somehow found some energy to go to the grocery store and make dinner.
Tonight, dinner was hand built pizza. I say “hand built” instead of “hand made” because we did buy the dough and jarred sauce, but did everything else involved in putting the pizza together.
Often times, we make a pizza with two different halves so that each of us can have what we want on it. Since I am so picky, the sides often end up being very different. Making your own pizza is the best way to get exactly what you want. A picky eater’s paradise! 🙂
I do not have a recipe that I use for this. Usually I just kind of wing it, but today I decided to write it all out and share it with you! 🙂
Pizza dough – If there is not fresh dough available at your grocery store, I suggest asking your favorite local pizzeria. If all else fails, the Pilsbury Pizza Crust is not too bad either. (we used about 21 oz)
Sauce – Use whatever sauce you want. My favorite is simple garlic and olive oil. Other popular choices are pizza sauce, pesto, and Alfredo sauce.
Toppings – You can put ANYTHING on pizza. Be creative! One of my favorites is pear and arugula.
Note: If are putting meat on your pizza, make sure that it is pre-cooked before putting it on!
Step 1: Preheat oven to 425 °
- The dough we used is from a local pizzeria named Angelos that sells their dough at our grocery store. We bought a 21 oz bag.
- I used a metal circular pizza pan similar to this one. It makes about a 16″ pizza.
- Make sure the dough is spread out evenly. Tip: If you let the dough warm up to room temperature it will be easier to stretch out without ripping.
- Once you have the dough stretched out, make sure you poke it all over with a fork. This will break any air bubbles.
Step 3: Sauce
- Choose whatever sauce you want! Today, we each chose a different sauce. As long as neither of the sauces is too runny, they will stay separated while baking.
- My sauce was 2 crushed cloves of garlic mixed with about 2 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil. Although, I only used about half of it on my half of the pizza.
- His sauce was just regular, out of the jar, pizza sauce.
- To spread my sauce, I used a pastry brush. You will want to do this with any thinner sauce to make sure you get a nice even coat.
- With thicker sauce, like regular pizza sauce, you can use the back of a serving spoon to spread it around. Using the smooth back of a spoon helps you smoothly move the sauce around without gouging the dough.
Step 4: Toppings
- Don’t be afraid to get creative!
- We used about 10 oz of a mix of shredded cheeses for the whole pizza.
- His included a couple of pinches of chili powder and about 1/4 lb of cooked ground beef.
- I stuck with just cheese. 🙂
Step 5: Bake!
- Put in preheated oven for about 14 minutes.
- Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the crust and the amount of toppings that are on it.
- Start checking it at bout 10 minutes, and about every 2 minutes after that.
Step 6: Enjoy!
Ease: B-, it does take a bit of work to prep, but the difficulty really depends on what toppings and sauces you choose to use.
Taste: A+, if you build your pizza just the way you want it, there is no reason you shouldn’t love it!
Will I make it again? Yessss! I love how relatively easy and versatile it is.
What is your favorite pizza topping?
I’m off to get some much needed rest and relaxation after this whirlwind of a weekend! I’ll be posting more about HLS in the next few days. Look for my trip to the Frito Lay factory, discussion on ethical eating, and more! I can’t wait to share with you all of the fun things that I learned!