Okay so- If you’re out looking for a fun dinner idea to get your kids involved, a great at-home date night idea, or a fresh take on your favorite take-out, this is the post for you.
Ethan and my father LOVE pizza. Wholefoods pizza actually. Now that I think of it so do all of my girlfriends. I appreciate a great slice now and again, and now that I’m vegan I’m loving the Amy’s vegan pizza’s… but I never really crave it. If I make a frozen Amy’s it’s because that’s just what’s easiest or what my roomies are planning.
However, every so often I love to pick up the fresh pizza dough sold at Wholefoods. My roommate Katie loves the Trader Joe’s dough, and I enjoy it as well.. but I LOVE the stuff at Wholefoods. I don’t really know why but it’s just so good. The regular and the whole grain really do exceed my expectations. So I buy both.
Anyways, I don’t think people ever realize how fun, easy (if you buy the dough pre-made), and delicious fresh home-made pizza’s can be. All you need to do is pick your favorite toppings, cut the dough into personal pizzas, preheat the oven, and have at it!
First I’ll show you what my family did with it, and then I’ll teach you how to do it!
|Dad’s pizza: Portobello, tomato, and cheese|
|Ethan’s: Red pepper, broccoli, black olives, caramelized onion, tomato and cheese|
|Ethan’s view 2|
|Mine- Literally everything we had: Broccoli, black olives, caramelized onion, garlic, portobello, red pepper, vegan cheese, and dried basil|
|Mine, bird’s eye view|
Now for what you need:
2 pizza doughs get your about 5 or 6 personalized pizzas
Pizza sauce or marinara sauce
Mozzarella cheese (vegan if need be)
Your favorite toppings
Pizza stone (honestly necessary but if you don’t have one you need a large flat pan)
What you need to do:
Bring your dough to room temperature for easy handling.
Preheat your oven to 375.
Put your pan or pizza stone in the oven to preheat with the oven.
Cut your dough into hand sized balls.
Coat your hands in flour and stretch your dough out to desired size (we did about a plate)
Before you put your dough down onto your plate to add your toppings make sure to generously coat your plate with corn meal. Seriously. LOTS OF CORN MEAL.
Add your sauce in a circular motion starting from the center.
Add your toppings to your desired level.
Cook your pizza for 12-15 minutes, or until the dough has risen and the bottom is golden brown.