We love pizza!
From Fridays in the school cafeteria to late night cold pizza munching, to Sunday dinners pizza is part of our food history. You probably have debates about the best pizza place in your hometown (Ciccio’s in South Plainfield, hands down), or perhaps your aunt’s or cousin’s or other family members challenge each other to see who has the secret to the best homemade pizza. And the toppings! Pineapple, pepperoni, peppers, garlic, even pasta – it’s limitless!
Did you know it’s National Pizza Month?
Here in my house, almost every Sunday is pizza day, so for National Pizza Month I documented how our family does pizza. My husband’s family has a tradition of homemade pizza, and he embraced it as well. So did I – it gives me a night off from the kitchen! But even better, it provides a routine for our children, that we hope they remember and share with their children.
Homemade pizza can be done in so many ways. You can make homemade pizza easy, you can make it elaborate, you can make it gourmet, you can make it from prepackaged items.
Here’s some step by step photos about how to make your own homemade pizza.
- You can buy a Boboli crust, buy frozen or refrigerated dough, or make your own. Just give it a try! After taking a pizza class last month and seeing how easy it can be, my husband now makes his own.
- Most weeks he makes his own sauce but we were busy and forgot! Jar sauce works just as good (just don’t tell Grandma).
- We’re partial to a four cheese, preshredded blend. But the cheese is another way to experiment! Make it Mexican even!
- Add the pepperoni or other toppings and you’re ready to go!
- Make sure your oven is super hot – we do a 550° temperature and a pizza stone. But a regular cookie sheet works too. We purchased a couple pizza peels (the wooden spatula) to help slide the pizza onto the stone.
- And in less than 40 minutes start to finish (except for the time spent making dough), you have a homemade, healthy pizza, or pizzas. Not much longer than waiting for delivery and much MUCH cheaper!
- Just look around the internet for PLENTY of ideas on recipes for dough, sauce, and topping combinations. As the pizza chef in my house says, “If I can do it, it’s not that hard!”