Making pizza has become one of our favorite family traditions.
Just like everyone else, we love pizza. Well, we love good pizza. No offense to people who love Pizza Hut or Dominos, but that’s just not my jam. Sometimes we need a quick dinner and there are some really great places in Dallas so that you don’t have to sacrifice taste or good ingredients. But more and more, we make our own. And, it’s become a family affair.
It sounds a little corny, but there’s so many things about pizza night that make it special. The obvious being you can use great quality ingredients and make it your own! But I also love it when my kids are having fun in the kitchen. Even picky eaters are more likely to try new things when they have a chance to touch and play with ingredients. And they are more likely to actually eat the food when they’ve been part of the cooking process. (Granted, my kids have never met a pizza they didn’t like so I won’t get too carried away with this notion.) I’m hopefully that our experiences together in the kitchen will leave some sort of imprint on them and help make them health, happy little humans.
Ok, off my soapbox.
But even if you’re not into ‘all the feelings’ – it’s actually just awesome pizza. And, everyone gets exactly what he or she wants. No fighting over toppings when you get to make your own.
Aside from the prep work, most people shy away from homemade pizza because it’s so damn hard to get a crispy crust. And wimpy crusts are the worst. For me, that all changed when we discovered the Breville Pizza Maker. With this guy, you get a crispy crust each and every time.
The whole process is relatively easy – and it’s quick if you do it yourself. Less quick if the littles help, but think of it as an activity!
Start with a good dough. If you’re up for making your own dough, go for it. “They” say it’s easy. But if you’re in Dallas you might as well save yourself some time and pick up fresh dough from Jimmy’s or Central Market. (Trader Joe’s has frozen pizza dough too, but I’ve found it’s a little harder to roll out.)
Jimmy’s is my first choice for dough and everything else you need – it’s hard to beat an authentic Italian deli when you’re gathering pizza supplies. Central Market also has frozen dough and you can buy in-house-made Italian sausage or have the deli slice pepperoni or prosciutto. If you’re going to the trouble of making homemade pizza you might as well use the good stuff.
If you like thin crust, then one ball will make three our four pizzas. I like to roll it out on wax paper so it doesn’t stick and makes it easier to move around. Roll it out as thin as possible and then use a fork to poke a few holes in it to aerate the dough. It helps to keep the crust from bubbling up too much.
Spoon on a little (or a lot) sauce – again you can make your own, or use a good quality jar sauce. Sprinkle on some cheese and whatever toppings your family prefers. Set out a buffet of toppings and let everyone make their own!
Once the Breville oven is hot, slide the pizza onto the stone. Let it cook for 2 minutes, remove the wax paper and cook for 4-5 more minutes. Yummy.