If your family is like mine, trying to agree on what kind of pizza to order is sort of like a political debate – everyone has a different opinion.
This is why I started making pizza at home.
When my two sassy gals were little, Friday night was dubbed pizza and movie night. It was a great way to end a very busy work week and it gave the Bennett Crew something to look forward to – a big treat at the end of the week. (I love it when I rhyme)
As time went by, it seemed to spiral into a major weekly event that was often the subject of conversation during Thursday night dinner; what movie would we all agree on watching (that was always another debate), and what kind of pizza should we order.
My two gals loved plain cheese pizza for the longest time, so ordering pizza was a simple task.
As they grew older, their palates expanded and unfortunately they expanded in different directions. My oldest gal loves a cheesy, pineapple and ham pizza and my youngest is a pepperoni only kind of gal. Ranger Craig prefers Italian sausage and mushroom and I dream of a loaded veggie pizza. Can you see my dilemma?
To remedy the situation I used to order two or three different pizzas; which became a little ridiculous because we always had a fridge full of leftover pizza that no one would eat. Nope, they won’t eat cold pizza warmed up. (I actually like it cold right out of the fridge)
This is when making pizza at home came into play. I’d had enough and decided that, although I had declared Friday nights as my night off from cooking, I’d make pizza at home. This new trend was met with a bit of apprehension because could Mom really make pizza as good as the pizza place in town? Ummm… let me think about that. Trained chef makes pizza at home. I think it’ll work. 😉
It was a huge success. (of course!)
Making pizza at home can be simple or it can be a simply fun project. It doesn’t take long to make pizza dough or sauce but if for some reason you just don’t have the time or energy to make the dough or the sauce, using your favorite store-bought brand is just fine too.
I’ve listed recipes for both a quick pizza dough and sauce should you decide to make your own.
As we know, the love is in the toppings! One of my favorite ways to top a pizza is with caramelized onions, wilted spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and feta cheese. I’ve listed a few more topping options in the recipe, but truly, your imagination is the limit. If only you could have seen some of the pizza’s created by the two sassy Bennett gals. 🙂
Making pizza at home is a great way to get everyone involved in making dinner and of course, it’s fun and a delicious way to end the week or begin the weekend. Buon Appetit´