One of our long-standing family traditions, since the children began helping with suppers, has been to make pizza on the weekend at least a couple of times a month. I really like making our own pizza because I know what’s is in it. We make homemade pizza dough from fresh ground flour. We can choose what toppings we want to put on it. It tastes so good and I feel good about it because I know that the ingredients are healthy. There are so many variations you can make by adding herbs to the dough or changing up the toppings. Sometimes we make a sweet pizza with butter on the crust and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top. We call it dessert.
This summer we did not fix pizza because I was so tired of the kitchen being hot from the girls baking for market. We hardly used our oven at all outside of the girls baking. I just couldn’t stand the thought of heating it up again, even to make pizza. Recently though, we have had some cooler days and market has been over for a couple of weeks so I thought it would be fun to make pizza again.
Make Your Dough
Most of the time, making pizza dough is a family, or at least a several people ordeal. This week was Samantha’s supper week so I let her know what was up. She made up a batch of bread dough. She used half of it to make three large pizzas and she made the rest into bread for us.
Roll Out The Crust
Samantha said to be sure to preheat your oven to 450 degrees at this point. To make the bread dough into pizza crust, we oil the counter and roll out a ball of dough with the rolling pin into the shape of the pan. The crust for a large pizza is usually the equivalent of dough used for making one loaf of bread. The same amount of dough will make two small pizzas. Make sure you spray your pans with pan spray. This ensures that the pan will surrender your supper after it is cooked. We made two round pizzas and one on a cookie sheet.
Top Your Pizzas
Samantha said to be sure to preheat your oven to 450 degrees at this point. To make the bread dough into pizza crust, we oil the counter and roll out a ball of dough with the rolling pin into the shape of the pan. The crust for a large pizza is usually the equivalent of dough used for making one loaf of bread. The same amount of dough will make two small pizzas. Make sure you spray your pans with pan spray. This ensures that the pan will surrender your supper after it is cooked. We made two round pizzas and one on a cookie sheet. After the dough was ready, Jeremiah and Adeline appeared to help. Jeremiah’s first job was to slather the pizza dough with spaghetti sauce. Spaghetti sauce can be a little thin for pizza, so you can mix it with some tomato paste or just buy pizza sauce. We are used to using spaghetti sauce and that’s what we usually have on hand, so that’s what we do. Occasionally, the children will use barbeque sauce.
Next, we add our meat. Our favorite meat to put on our pizza is sweet Italian turkey sausage. We buy Jennie O brand and love it. Sometimes, if we don’t have sausage, we use grilled chicken breasts or barbeque chicken but sweet Italian sausage is my personal favorite. We squeeze the meat out of the casing and fry it like hamburger. You can leave it in the casing if that’s how your family likes it.
Then we add whatever we have on hand for vegetables. We had peppers (hot and sweet), onions, thin sliced tomatoes, and pineapple. I know pineapple is not a vegetable, but it is the only fruit we add, so it goes here. Other toppings we like are olives, mushrooms, and garlic.
Finally we top the whole thing with mozzarella cheese or whatever cheese we have on hand.
Bake Your Pizzas
Put the whole thing in a 450 degree oven and bake it for 15 to 20 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is all melted. When it is done, we slide ours out onto a large cutting board because I don’t want a knife or pizza roller used in my pizza pans. Cut it into slices, put paper plates on the table and get out of the way quick. The table will soon be immediately be a mass of arms and hands all reaching for plates and pizza at the same time.
Does your family make pizza together? How does it happen at your house? Let me know what some of your favorite recipe and topping combinations are.
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