Delicious, easy, homemade pizza.. Yes, you can do it!

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After years of making my own terribly heavy and seriously yucky pizza crust, I finally realized I could purchase raw dough at my favorite pizza parlor.. and now at my own grocery store! The dough comes in a box or bag, and I simply take it out of the fridge about 90 minutes or so before I need it so it can soften up, get to room temperature and rise a little.

When I am ready, I put my pizza stone into the oven and let it heat to 500 degrees..I allow it to get nice and hot while I prepare the other ingredients.

In our house, we prefer pretty non-traditional pizza..no sauce, no pepperoni, just cheese and whatever veggies I have on hand….my favorites are onions, peppers and broccoli. I sauté the onions and peppers on medium/high in olive oil with fresh, minced garlic, salt, red pepper flakes and basil if I have it available. I don’t allow the toppings to get limp, just slightly softened and lightly browned.

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I follow the same procedure with the broccoli.

Then I carefully (but confidently…🙈) toss and pull the dough ONLY until it takes on the shape and size I’m looking for. (Don’t over work it) I place it on my floured pizza peel, spread cheese on it (I prefer a mix of Italian cheeses for more flavor.) and layer the vegetables on top of the cheese, sprinkling a bit more cheese on the very top. I like to chop up a small fresh tomato and add  for taste and color.

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I turn the oven down to 450 right before I put the pizza in and bake until browned and bubbly. (Do not UNDER-bake.)

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If you are making more than one pizza, allow the stone to heat up again to 500 degrees in between pies. Try not to spill too many toppings all over your stone..it makes your kitchen smell like you are burning dinner… 😧!  If you got the stone really dirty with your first pie, carefully scrape the burned bits off  into a plate with a long handled bar-b-que spatula..don’t burn your hand!!

It is so much fun to have toppings at the ready and allow your guests, or your teens, to make their own.

Cut into slices and serve while piping hot!

Enjoy! 🍷

 

7 thoughts on “Delicious, easy, homemade pizza.. Yes, you can do it!

    1. This is so fun and simple to make..friends will think you’re a gourmet chef! ☺️ The secret really is a HOT pizza stone..makes a crust that is out of this world..

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    1. The ah-ha moment for me was being able to buy the dough..and unlike pie-crust dough where the store bought is a huge step down as compared to homemade..the store bought pizza dough is 1,000 times better than anything I could ever whip up at home.

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    1. HAHA!! Oh c’mon..you have to be open to new possibilities! 😜 For me this has been a long process – a journey.. 🚴🏻 it began one day as I meditated on a single pepperoni and thought to myself…”what the heck is this made of?” 💀😖

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