Last night I helped make homemade pizza.
Last night I helped eat homemade pizza.
Last night I went to bed suffering with a belly full of (gluteny) homemade pizza.
But really, it was damn good.
The process of homemade pizza-making can be as simple or as hard as you make it, really. In the case of Lori, I go for simple. Simple means Trader Joe’s provides you with ready-made pizza dough.
This feast-of-pizzas was needing to feed 5 hungry people (boyfriend, Lori, Mama Samaan, Oma and Opa- boyfriend’s grandparents visiting from Germany), so I opted with two regular organic pizza doughs and one organic whole wheat.
The sauce was compliments of the Boyfriend.
The sauce was pretty much this recipe, and included the following:
- 1 (4-ounce) can tomato paste + 2 oz extra if you have another can (6 oz total)
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
Best. Sauce. Ever.
So, after preparing the sauce, gathering topping ingredients, and prepping the dough, we split the three doughs into two, totaling 6 pizzas. Enough math… let’s look at our creations…
PIZZA 1: Tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, white onions, organic apple-smoked bacon, and freshly cracked black pepper.
PIZZA 2: Inspired by “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” on the Food Network, Yukon Gold Potato Pizza from Five Points restaurant. This pie included mozzarella cheese, THINLY sliced Yukon gold potatoes, white onions, and cracked black pepper.
PIZZA 3: Whole wheat dough, tomato sauce, (previously) barbecued eggplant, white onions, and homemade dried tomatoes.
PIZZA 4: Tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, dried tomatoes, mushrooms, white onion, fresh jalapenos, and topped with fresh tomatoes.
PIZZA 5: Whole wheat dough, tomato sauce, tiniest amount of mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, roasted zucchini and yellow squash, and apple-smoked bacon.
PIZZA 6: The Classic “Margherita”- Tomato sauce, mozzarella, fresh basil leaves, fresh tomatoes, black pepper, drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
And then we ate… a LOT of pizza…
I’m telling you, these were literally the BEST pizzas I have ever had. Homemade is so much better tasting, cheaper, and more fun. It took about 2 hours to prepare and bake everything, though. And it was about 85 degrees outside, if not hotter. Imagine inside the house with the oven going and wine flowing…
What are your favorite pizza toppings?
Have you ever made your own pizza?