Hey there, happy Friday everyone! We all made it through another week and most of us have a long weekend to look forward to! My husband and I are typically so exhausted come Fridays that we like to stay in and relax for the evening.
When I was a kid, we used to have Friday Family Fun nights- feasting in front of the fire! 🙂 I remember always looking forward to being able to hang out with my brother, sister, mom and dad and it was extra special to be able to sit and eat dinner in the family room, in front of the tv next to a blazing fire. Well, that tradition has continued on to now be a tradition with my little family. We cozy up to watch a movie every Friday with a fun meal. If you are looking for an easy, fun, and interactive dinner for tonight, try making your own pizzas!
Pre-baked crust made for a crispier crust- we used mozzarella and Parmesan, but use any cheese you like!
This pizza peel is a life savor for keeping your pizza together when taking it in and out of the oven
We typically buy our ingredients at Whole Foods, but this sauce pictured above I picked up at Tuesday Morning.
I have been to cooking class to learn the best techniques for making your own pizzas and if you like your crust a little crispy, roll and toss your dough to your liking, and pre-bake the dough at 450 degrees for ten minutes. Then top with your favorite pizza sauce, cheeses, and toppings and throw it back in the oven until your cheese melts (about 15 minutes). If you prefer your crust softer don’t pre-bake, however, toss your dough then add your toppings and bake it all together for 15-20 minutes. I really like putting a coat of garlic olive oil on the dough to add a little extra flavor before putting sauce on- so if you like garlic, I highly recommend trying that. Also, if you like sausage we have tried both ground sausage that we cook on the stove top, and also grilling sausage links and cutting them up. I prefer sausage on the grill as it adds a nice texture for your pizza!
Another tactic that I have learned is that a pizza stone makes a world of difference when you are baking the crust. We preheat the stone so that it is nice and warm and helps cook the crust equally from all sides. All of my pizza making tools have been purchased at Sur la Table where I also took my classes. For starters, I would pick up a pizza stone, a pizza cutter, and the utinsil to take the pizza in and out of the oven (pictured above). They do have starter kits too that would be helpful.
The final product- colorful and delish!
I hope you enjoy make-your-own pizza nights as much as we do! It’s fun, easy, and tastes incredible!
Chat with you all soon!