Tips and Suggestions:
You can either make your own dough, or buy some from a local pizzeria or from Trader Joe’s. I’ll be honest, if I don’t get around to making dough, the Trader Joe’s dough is very good. I also like to make my own sauce, using San Marzano crushed tomatoes, onions, garlic, and oregano. If you don’t have time, your favorite marinara sauce will do. One thing to not scrimp on is the cheese. I used to use pre-shredded, but couldn’t figure out why my pizza didn’t taste as good. The additives in pre-shredded mozzarella mean that it does not melt as well and often has an after-taste. Shredding your own cheese really makes a huge difference. I like to use a mozzarella block. It only takes a few minutes and is very worth the effort. You can use the shred attachment on your food processor if you want to shred a lot at once. If you have made the dough, sauce, and shredded the cheese ahead of time, this is a great, quick, weeknight meal.
Ideally, you should use a pre-heated pizza stone in your oven or on the grill. If you are going to make many pizzas for a crowd, it is easiest to par-bake the dough for five minutes first and then add sauce, toppings, and cheese. They will slide onto the pizza stone much easier and make the pizza party more fun for everyone. Start by preheating the pizza stone in your oven at 450 degrees F for at least 15 minutes.
If you are using refrigerated dough, it is best to let it rest for 10-15 minutes on the counter before rolling out. Flour your counter or board and roll out or throw your dough. I’m not good at throwing dough. There are a ton of great youtube tutorials on how to do it, but I usually just end up using a rolling pin. This dough is pretty forgiving and turns out well even though it is not thrown.
Flour your peel (or you can use cornmeal) and make sure that dough is not sticking to your peel before you start putting on toppings.
Bake at 450 degrees on your pizza stone for grill for 15 minutes.
Yes, I know it’s not a circle!! I’m working on it!! 🙂 It still tastes great!
Homemade PizzaCourse: DinnerCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
Quick and easy weeknight pizza
Pizza Dough (or you can use Trader Joe’s pizza dough or from your local pizzeria) about 1 lb
Pizza Sauce (your favorite marinara will do) about 1 cup
2 cups mozzarella, shredded
Your favorite toppings
- Preheat oven and pizza stone at 450 degrees F for at least 15 minutes.
- Flour your counter or board and either roll out or throw your dough until thin.
- Place onto your floured pizza peel, making sure that dough will not stick.
- Add sauce, cheese, and toppings as desired.
- Cook on pizza stone for 15 minutes until golden brown and bubbly.
- Use pizza peel to remove from pizza stone and cut into slices.
- You can also make this pizza on a pizza stone on the grill. If you are making for a large crowd, par-baking the dough for five minutes will make it easier for everyone to customize their pizzas and for you to cook them quickly.