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Pizza is one of those foods that you can eat anytime! And while it’s easy to order in, making your own pizza is easy, fun and so delicious!
I made a few different combinations with tomato sauce, grilled vegetables and cheese and one that was made with just tomato sauce, grilled vegetables and leftover grilled chicken (no cheese on it!) They were so yummy!
You can add your own toppings, make it with cheese, without cheese, add homemade or jarred tomato sauce, whole wheat or regular flour – so many combinations! Add a nice tossed salad and you have a great supper!
Makes 4 small pizzas
Pizza Dough Ingredients:
Topping Ingredients: all optional and to your preference!
Making the dough:
Put the water, yeast, salt, olive oil and flour in the bowl of a stand mixer. If you don't have a stand mixer, you can knead the dough by hand on a floured surface. Using the dough hook on a stand mixer, mix on low speed (I used #2 speed) until everything is combined and the dough moist - about 8 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. The dough should be very stretchy and cling to the dough hook.
Remove the dough and place in a lightly oiled large bowl. Cover with a tea towel and let rise in a closed oven (or other dark place) for an hour.
While the dough is rising, you can make your own tomato sauce or use your favorite jarred sauce. To make your own, add olive oil to the bottom of a medium sauce pan and put on low heat. When the oil is warm, add the minced garlic and stir. Add the can of tomatoes, with basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and then lower the heat and simmer. You can use a handheld stick to puree the sauce.
Prepare your toppings. I used grilled peppers and mushrooms that were made the day before on the barbecue and I also had grilled chicken to put on a pizza that didn't have cheese on it.
Preparing the Pizza:
Preheat the oven to 350°F. When the dough is ready, divide it in 4 balls. One at a time, roll out the dough on a floured surface until it stretches out to a circle, or rectangular shape. I baked the pizza on a parchment lined baking sheet which was brushed with a bit of olive oil, but you can use a pizza stone (follow the directions for it!). I rolled out 2 rectangular pizzas and baked them together on one baking sheet and prepared the pizza dough on 2 more baking sheets.
Bake the dough for 20 minutes on the bottom rack. When ready, remove and place a second prepared baking sheet in the oven. Top the cooked pizza dough with some sauce and whatever toppings you like. I made a few different combinations! When ready, bake on the center rack for 10-15 minutes until the cheese has melted.
Great for leftovers too!