Families get busy and want to eat out. But, part of the draw to restaurants is that the food is very appealing. Try home made pizza–it rivals restaurant pizza in flavor, and you’ll know it’s made with quality ingredients. Enjoy!
Set the kids up with pizza dough and various toppings. Step back while they assemble their creations.
What You’ll Need:
- Pizza crust—there are many options: ready-made, ready to bake dough or home-made (by hand or in a bread machine). Whole grain crusts are a good choice, or if making your own dough, try using white flour with ½ cup of wheat germ added for extra nutrients. Whichever you choose, the dough should be partially baked (10 minutes at 400 degrees) before adding the toppings. If you buy a large prepared crust, score the top lightly with a knife so everyone gets a “section.” If you buy or make dough, form into mini pizzas so everyone has their own.
- Pizza sauce—there are many brands in the store; if you make your own, be sure it is very thick so the crust doesn’t get soggy.
- Toppings—so many options!
- Vegetables—cut in bite-sized pieces and sauté so flavors are developed and juices are released (raw vegetables will make pizza soggy). Try sliced mushrooms, diced peppers, sliced olives, canned artichoke hearts, sautéed spinach, thin-sliced zucchini, chopped asparagus.
- Proteins—good quality Italian-style sausage or pepperoni, Canadian bacon, cooked shrimp, leftover chicken.
- Cheese—anything goes: no cheese, a light sprinkle of shredded parmesan, mozzarella, cheddar.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Shape pizza dough into appropriate sized crusts and to desired thickness. Par bake for 10 minutes, until firm.
- While crusts are baking, sauté vegetables and place in small bowls. Then cook meat, if needed (raw sausage, uncooked shrimp); drain fat and place in a bowl.
Assemble crusts, pizza sauce and all toppings on the counter. Call the kids to make their individual pizzas. Place assembled pizzas on a baking sheet and return to oven for 10-12 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.
What are your family’s favorite pizza toppings?