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Homemade Pizza

Chris and I love homemade pizza. Actually, we hardly ever order pizza when we go out; we love the flavor of homemade so much more.

Why not make pizza at home? It’s easy. You can make whatever kind you want. You can add as much stuff as you want– extra, extra cheese, please. Want the crust extra crispy? Go for it. Want extra sauce? Do it. Want extra toppings? Pile them on.

I’ve tried making my own pizza dough and it turned out okay. But, honestly, I don’t think it’s worth the time and trouble. There are many crust choices at the grocery store. If I can find Mama Mary’s brand, that’s the one I like the most, but I can’t always find it at my local store. Boboli is great and I can always find it.

When it comes to the sauce, again, there are so many good ones out there, but if you can make your own, do it. The flavor it adds to your pizza makes a huge difference.

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Let me show how I do my sauce and then I’ll show you how I build my pizzas.

First, sauté chopped onions in olive oil for five minutes on medium heat. 

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Add oregano, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper– stir. Let it cook together for another minute or two.

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Now, add tomato purée and stir. You can use canned or fresh. My garden is overflowing with tomatoes, so I used my own purée.

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With the lid off, let it simmer for 20 minutes and then add two chopped tomatoes and 1/2 tablespoon of sugar (cuts the acidity).

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With the lid off, let it cook on low to medium heat, until it’s thick. It took about two hours for me. I know it seems like a lot to go through for pizza sauce, but trust me, the flavor it adds is huge.

Taste the sauce. If you think it needs any more salt or any other seasoning, add it. Remember, everybody’s tastes buds are different.

Time for the pizza building to begin!

If you’re making a pizza with veggies, chop them. I used pepperoncinis, onions, bell peppers, green olives, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes.

If you’re going to add sausage, or any other meat, have it cooked and ready to go.

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Brush the crust with a little olive oil.

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Spread on pizza sauce.

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Add cheese.

The cheese is very important. Fresh mozzarella is great, but if it’s not low-moisture, you’ll get a watery pizza. I use this pizza blend:

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Put down a good layer!!

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On this pizza, I only wanted fresh tomatoes. I brushed olive oil on my tomatoes, salted them, and roasted at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, and then put them on top. I also sprinkled on Italian seasoning.

For my next pizza, I loaded on the veggies. Once I put down my cheese layer, I add the sun-dried tomatoes. Don’t put them on top; they’ll burn. Then, I layered on everything else. To hold it all in, I add a top layer of cheese (can’t go wrong with that) and then press it all down. Then, I sprinkled Italian seasoning on top.

I’ve found a pizza stone works best for cooking pizza, instead of putting it directly on the oven racks. Not only does it help cook the crust, but it also helps if any cheese, sauce, or toppings fall off. It prevents the bottom of your oven becoming a mess.

Bake at 420 degrees. The cheese pizza will take less time, around 20 minutes. The loaded pizza will be done in about 30 minutes. Just keep an eye on them. I cook mine separately. If you have a double oven, you’re golden.

When they come out of the oven, if you’d like, top with fresh basil. I also like a pinch of salt, grated parmesan, and red pepper flakes.

 

Time to dig in!! Homemade pizza for the win!

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What you’ll need:

For pizza sauce:

1 small onion, chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 large cans of tomato purée or homemade purée

2 tablespoons oregano

2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning

1/2 tablespoon garlic powder

1/2 tablespoon salt

1/2 tablespoon pepper

1/2 tablespoon sugar

2 chopped tomatoes

For the pizza:

Pizza crust of your choice

Pizza sauce of your choice or homemade.

Grated pizza blend cheese– as much as you want

1 tablespoon olive oil

Chopped veggies of your choice

Roasted tomatoes, if you want them.

Cooked meat, if you want.

Fresh, chopped basil (optional)

Directions for sauce:

First, sauté chopped onions in olive oil for five minutes on medium heat. 

Add oregano, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper– stir. Let it cook together for another minute or two.

Now, add tomato purée and stir. You can use canned or fresh.

With the lid off, let it simmer for 20 minutes and then add two chopped tomatoes and 1/2 tablespoon of sugar (cuts the acidity). With the lid off, let it cook down on low to medium heat, until it’s thick. It took about two hours for me. Taste it. Add more salt or any other seasoning you may think it needs.

Building and cooking the pizzas:

If you’re making a pizza with veggies, chop them.

If you’re going to add sausage, or any other meat, have it cooked and ready to go.

Brush the crust with a little olive oil. Spread on pizza sauce and put down a good layer of cheese.

From there, build whatever kind of pizza you want. If you’re doing a pizza with a lot of toppings, add another layer of cheese on top and press down a little.

I’ve found a pizza stone works best for cooking pizza, instead of putting it directly on the oven racks. Not only does it help cook the crust, but it also helps catch any cheese, sauce, or toppings that may fall off. It prevents the bottom of your oven becoming a mess.

Bake at 420 degrees. The cheese pizza will take less time, around 20 minutes. The loaded pizza will be done in about 30 minutes. Just keep an eye on them.

 

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