When The Moon Hits Your Eye Like a Big Pizza Pie..
I found a way to make a quick and easy dinner that the entire family loves. I’ve had nights where my children make this meal with me. The little chefs in my kitchen love to contribute, and get their hands dirty with this one, because it’s so simple to make.
From a health perspective, the benefit of making the pizza in your own home is that, as with other foods you make at home, you can control what goes into it.
I use no oil in my preparation.
I can purchase the exact brand and type of ingredients I like. (if I want organic tomato paste, I use this. Or I can instead make a sauce at home. I can also use low fat mozzarella instead of whole-milk)
I add no extra salt to the ingredients used.
The vegetables I use as toppings are fresh.
There’s also a benefit from a financial perspective, as it’s much cheaper than store-bought. Our local pizza joint sells a pie for close to $20. Making it homemade, costs about $7, and saves even more if you make a few.
Purchased or Homemade Dough?
You can make the dough fresh, yes.
I’ve done it many times in the past, during my days at home, and it requires a lot more work and effort. So we’ll skip this step for the sake of keeping things simple, for the busy moms and dads out there.
Here’s what you’ll get with homemade. Artwork.
So let’s make the pizza.
(the above shows an herbed dough version)
Take out the dough you’ve purchased at the store. I get mine at Trader Joe’s.
Let is stand for about 10-20 minutes at room temperature, then spread it out on an oiled cooking pan, using your fingers to push out the dough slowly. You can alternately use a roller pin on a floured surface but I found this method sticky and tedious.
Once the dough has been stretched out on the pan, I smear tomato paste on the top, leaving a 1/2 inch rim around the border, so that each slice held by little fingers is not a mess.
Next are the herbs.
Sprinkle some powdered garlic on top. I like to be generous.
I also love oregano.
I put dried oregano into the palm of my hand and rub my hands together, with the oregano in between, to crush the leaves up and release their scent and flavor.
Next is the cheese. I use shredded mozzarella, and sprinkle a generous amount over the top.
You’re now prepared for toppings, if you’d like any.
The options are many. Mushrooms, olives, onions, pepperoni, tomatoes, peppers, anchovies, asparagus, artichokes, lettuce, or anything else you’d like to experiment with.
This is me, on a busy night, after making two homemade pizzas, made-to-order. That’s another amazing feature. If one child loves mushrooms, but the other olives, you can just split the homemade pizza in half.
Your family will think you’re a culinary genius in no time!
(A Before & After, worthy of any hungry palate below. Don’t forget to pin to Pinterest so others can share)
* Homemade Pizza Pie *
store-bought pizza dough- usually comes in regular, wheat, or herb
3 oz of tomato paste (about 1/2 of a small can)
dried garlic powder
shredded mozzarella, about 1 1/2 cups
topping of your choice
Preheat oven to 450 F.
Let dough sit at room temp for about 10-20 minutes. Oil a baking sheet. Push out dough using your fingers to spread out and fill the contents of the pan. Spread out tomato paste over the dough (I use the back of a spoon). Sprinkle the oregano and garlic over the top evenly, then top with sprinkled cheese. Add a topping of your choice, if you wish.
Bake for 10 minutes, or until pizza turns a a shade darker. You can also check by looking at the cheese. When it has melted, you are good to go. Take out, let stand 5 minutes, then eat to your favorite Italian tune.
(Feel free to also decorate the pizza when it comes out of the oven. I love to place some arugula on the top and sprinkle alsamic vinegar reduction on top!)