Pizza is a meal option that is popular with the whole family. Save some money and don't order out, make your pizza at home. This page contains homemade pizza recipes.
The pairing of apples and Gorgonzola cheese on these flat-bread pizzas make them rich in flavor. They are perfect as an appetizer or a light dinner.
Makes 4 large flat-bread pizzas.
If using cold, refrigerated dough, let the dough balls relax and warm up on the counter for 30 minutes before trying to roll or stretch it out (it's hard to work cold dough). If using room temperature pizza dough, you may proceed to the next step.
Dust surface of dough and work surface with flour. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces. Using your hands, carefully stretch each ball into a long, thin, oval shape. The thinner you can get the dough without tearing it, the better. You can use rolling pin if your dough is still chilly. If the dough is difficult to stretch or roll, let it sit for 10 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough balls. Cover loosely with a towel.
About 20 minutes before you start baking preheat your oven and your baking sheet or stone. Use the preheating temperature suggested for the dough you are using.
You will cook 2 pizzas at a time. I recommend gently pricking the dough's surface with a fork in a few places. This will help prevent the dough from puffing up too much.
Remove the hot baking sheet or stone from the oven and set your flat-breads on it, side by side. You will need to work quickly and carefully. Brush the surface with olive oil. Lay apple slices out on the flat-bread, sprinkle Gorgonzola cheese crumbles on top, and top with candied walnut pieces.
Bake in the oven for 7-10 minutes until the top and bottom of flat-bread are golden brown. Watch them carefully, as they can start to burn! Remove and repeat for remaining 2 flat-breads.
Optional: Top with baby arugula leaves and some Parmesan cheese.
Cook chicken breast and cut up fairly finely. Spread sauce over the pizza crust. Sprinkle the chicken over the sauce. Sprinkle mozzarella over crust and sauce, as much as you prefer. Cover with sliced fresh or canned mushrooms. Sprinkle with finely diced red and green peppers. Bake in 425 degree F oven for 12-15 minutes.
By mother of 5 from Canada
In a medium skillet, brown beef or sausage and onion. Season to taste, drain well and set aside.
While it is cooking, you can make the batter. In a small bowl, combine all crust ingredients. Mix until smooth and pour into a 12 or 15 inch pizza pan which has been greased and floured, tilting pan so batter covers bottom. Arrange the meat mixture over top. Add mushrooms if desired. Bake on low rack at 425 degrees F for 25-30 minutes.
Remove from heat. Pour 1 cup pizza sauce over top. Sprinkle with 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes longer.
By Robin from Washington, IA
Simple, kids can make it
Cut partially frozen dough into how many pizza you want. I can make 12 minis or 2 large thin crust or 1 deep dish from the loaf. Let thaw before starting below.
Brown ground beef, drain well. OR dice up ham, quickly brown that. Shape out your crust to thickness, put on greased pan, cornmeal the bottom if you want. Bake the crust on 350 degrees F for about 8 minutes to set it. Then put your toppings on, stick back in and bake at 400 degrees F for 10 or till cheese melted/golden.
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8 & 10 Minutes Cooking Time
Source: My own kitchen, kids, neighbors' kids, birthday parties for these kids, etc.
By Joyce from Benson MN
I make my family pizza with left over meat loaf.
For the dough:
I put a can of spaghetti sauce, any brand. Spread evenly on the prepared pizza dough. I dice up the left over meat loaf. I spread evenly on the prepared pizza dough, I add olives, and a can of well drained corn.
I sprinkle on oregano spice and some pepperoni, (it doesn't require the pepperoni), one large pack of mozzarella cheese.
Put in oven, bake at 350 degrees F. until pizza dough is golden brown, not burned. 30-45 minutes.
Source: Ellen Lou Severs. Author of A Whisper Through Life, I have been making this recipe for 30 years.
By Ellen from Knoxville, TN
I found this recipe on foodnetwork.com and it's the best pizza recipe I've ever made. Since the website didn't have a photo, I snapped a photo prior to baking.
Spray a medium-sized bowl with no stick cooking spray. Place pizza dough in bowl and turn to coat thoroughly. Cover and allow it to rise in a warm, draft-free place for 15 minutes. Roll out dough to fit 14- inch baking sheet. Oil baking sheet and carefully place pizza dough.
Garlic And Herb Pizza Dough: Add 2 teaspoons dried basil, oregano, or rosemary leaves and 1 clove minced garlic along with dry ingredients.
By Marge W. from Sanborn, NY
Every Friday I make pizza. I figure this saves $25 or over every week.
This is a fun, easy and delicious way to make pizza at home!
Simmer sauce ingredients together for 20 minutes. Prepare crust, add sauce and add your favorite topping of cheese, sausage, pepperoni, onions, peppers, etc. Bake at 425 degrees F for 20 minutes.
Blend. Gradually add 2 to 2 1/4 cups flour, blending after each addition. Knead on lightly floured board until smooth and satiny. Place in greased bowl. Let rice until double in size.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place pizza dough on greased 14 inch pizza pan. Pat out dough with fingers to edge of pan. Bake 5-7 minutes or until lightly browned; remove from oven.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Unroll crescent dough; separate into triangles. Arrange triangles in circle on greased 14 inch pizza pan, with points toward the center and wide ends toward the outside.
Recipe for Cheesy Chicken Pizza. Roll out dough into a 12 inch circle on a large pizza pan. Spread with pizza sauce. Top with chicken, onion, pepper, mushrooms and cheeses.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bring large pot of water to boil; add broccoli. Cook about 3 minutes; drain. Stir seasoning and garlic powder into Alfredo sauce; spread over pizza crust to within 3/4 inch of edge.
You can either make your own dough or when your supermarket has it on sale buy multiple packages (like 40 cents per lb) and freeze all but one. Place the dough in a slightly oiled bowl & cover with a clean dishtowel and let it rise.
Preheat your oven to 475. Then take your pizza stone & lightly sprinkle it with cornmeal.
Roll your dough on the stone & lightly grease the edges with olive oil. Spread 1 to 1/4 cup pizza sauce on the dough & then add whatever you like; i.e, onions, peppers, pepperoni, mushrooms, add 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese over the veggies & then sprinkle oregano & basil on the cheese. Now sprinkle about 2 T. shredded parmesan cheese.
Pop into the oven & cook about 12 minutes or until done.
Let's face it, there is never enough time in a day to get things done we'd like to. One way to share time with kids is to pick one night a week that they have to make the meal. It teaches them to plan ahead, get familiar with items in the kitchen, and teaches them to be responsible. It's great when mom or dad give them a great big smile at the dinner table. Teaching them to read a cookbook is not a bad idea either.
Pull-apart pizza is a good starter recipe. Cut biscuit dough into bite size pieces and place into greased baking pan. Spread pizza sauce and cheese on top (extra toppings if desired) bake at 350 degrees F until cheese is bubbly, then cool on a platter. To eat, just pulls it apart.