Quick Homemade Pizza
Sunday, June 8, 2008- Quick Homemade Pizza
It has probably been about 20 years since we last made a homemade pizza. A friend at work was telling me about a can of Pillsbury pizza dough and how easy it was to use, so I picked up a can last week and had some pepperoni already as well as some mozzarella cheese. So today after church I was thinking of warming up some Spanish Rice I made yesterday and heating up some tamales and taquitos, but Jeremy voted for the pizza.
First came the pizza dough. We unrolled it onto a cookie sheet and spread it out a little bit. Next I started the sauce. I used one small can of tomato sauce and about half a can of tomato paste. I should have used the whole can of paste, but the recipe on the pizza dough called for only half a cup of sauce. I sprinkled in some Italian Seasoning and Oregano along with just a dash of Cayenne Pepper. I should have used two dashes and a bit more of the oregano.
While the sauce was heating I chopped about 5 small cloves of garlic. Some I minced very fine and some I cut into big chunks. Next I chopped a very small sweet onion in two and set aside one half then chopped the other half into small squares. Then I got about a half a can of black olives and chopped them in half.
By this time the sauce was thoroughly heated so I spread it all over the dough. Next I placed about half the pepperonis from the package on the pizza, spread the garlic and onion, black olives and some canned mushrooms all over the pizza. We topped it off with the mozzarella cheese and some parmesan.
Bake it in the oven at about 400 for 17 minutes or so and you get a wonderful golden pizza. Finally, we had a DiGiorno pizza too and did a taste comparison and realized that the home made pizza was better than DiGiorno. Not quite as good as Pizza Hut…yet…but that is the goal. The crust was thin crust and came out perfect. The fresh garlic really worked and made the pizza special. The sauce needs some work, but next time I wil know to use the whole can of paste and a bit more spices.