Homemade Pizza: 3 Basic Flavors

It’s fun to eat pizza away from home, but it’s even more satisfying to create your own flavors. I’ve tried everything from BBQ chicken to alfredo and bacon. Today, though, I just want to share the very basics for the crust and sauce and give ideas for making Hawaiian, pepperoni, and supreme homemade pizza. I’ll leave the gourmet flavors for later.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Mine takes forever to reach this temperature!

Crust

We got this recipe with one of our wedding presents: a set of pizza pans. They have been super nice, because the holes in the bottom help the pizza cook faster and get crispy. My favorite thing about this recipe is the fact that is has cornmeal in it, which I think gives a great texture. It makes enough crust for 1 large (16″) pizza or 2 small (12″) pizzas. I’m going to write the directions for 1 large pizza.

Put everything into a mixing bowl in this order:

2 t. yeast

2 t. sugar

1 1/4 c. water

1 t. salt

Stir until just combined, then add and mix until the dough pulls away from the bowl and isn’t sticky:

2 3/4 c. flour + 1/4 c. cornmeal OR

3 c. flour

Let the dough sit for 10 minutes while you get everything else ready for your pizza.

Pepperoni Pizza

Do nothing. Open a package of pepperoni. Also, congratulate yourself on making a pizza your kids will (probably) eat without complaining.

Hawaiian Pizza

Chop 8 oz. of ham and drain 1 can of pineapple tidbits. Chunks work okay too.

Supreme Pizza

This one is the most work, but it’s also my favorite. Chop or thinly slice all of the following, when applicable:

1 1/2 oz. pepperoni

1/2 each red and green bell pepper

1/2 c. black olives

1/4 red onion

4 oz. mushrooms

8 oz. Italian sausage (raw weight), cooked and drained

2 oz. ham

Assembling and Cooking the Pizza

Spread the dough onto a greased pizza pan, then top with the following:

1 c. tomato sauce

3 c. mozzarella cheese

toppings of your choice

Bake the pizza for 20 minutes at 400 degrees, then slice and serve. Homemade pizza is the best!

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