It’s National Pizza Month! Why not make one at home?!

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!

 

Spreading the dough.

Spreading the dough.

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).
Spreading the sauce

Spreading the sauce

  • We’re partial to a four cheese, preshredded blend.  But the cheese is another way to experiment!  Make it Mexican even!
Spreading the cheese.

Spreading the cheese.

 

  • Add the pepperoni or other toppings and you’re ready to go!
One with pepperoni please!

One with pepperoni please!

 

 

Ready for the oven!

Ready for the oven!

 

  • 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!”

 

Dinnertime!

 

We hope you enjoy this recipe, click on over for more recipes you can do with kids.

About Melanie C.

Melanie is a stay at home mom of a 4 year old boy and 8 year old girl. She lives in Union County and grew up in Middlesex County. Her children enjoy ice skating (she holds the shoes), crafting, amusement parks, and just generally being kids! Melanie always says, being 45 minutes from NYC or the Jersey Shore makes this the best place to live!

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