You don’t have to be a restaurant chef or even a good cook to make great pizza at home. If you just follow my simple tips even if this is your first time cooking you will be able to make a pizza that everyone will enjoy.
- The dough
You can make your own dough from scratch, and I have an easy recipe for that, but you can also find some in the grocery aisle that is already prepared. These doughs work perfectly fine, and they are great when you are in a hurry or new to cooking. The most important thing is to let the dough thaw out before attempting to roll it flat.
I always recommend rolling out the pizza dough on a piece of parchment paper. The dough will stick to the paper so it is easy to transfer from the counter to the oven, and the heat will cause it to separate from the pizza before it has finished cooking. You also don’t have to worry about parchment paper catching on fire so it is safe to use.
- Sauce and toppings
Grab a jar of your favorite tomato sauce or paste if you prefer and liberally spread it across the rolled out dough. You can add a little extra seasoning if you like, personally I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a bit of oregano. Once the sauce is on it is time to add the toppings.
There aren’t any rules when it comes to the toppings on a pizza. You can really add almost anything you want. Piling on the veggies instead of a lot of meat will keep the calories down, and it is also a great way to prepare a healthy meal. For some reason kids never seem to mind eating their veggies when they come on a piping hot pizza. After the toppings it is time for the cheese, and the type and amount is up to you. I do recommend using shredded cheese since it will melt evenly across the pie.
- Temperature and time
After placing the pizza on a cooking stone or baking sheet it is time to place it in the oven. You want the temperature to be at least at 550 degrees Fahrenheit, I personally cook mine at 700 degrees F. Hotter temperatures help the crust to bake evenly, and give it that golden brown appearance that everyone loves.
Once the oven has reached the correct temperature slide the pizza in for 5 minutes before rotating it and letting it bake for an additional 3 to 5 minutes. Then all that’s left to do is slide the pizza out and let it cool until it can be safely sliced. Serve on plates and sit back and enjoy a hot and delicious homemade pizza.