Pizza time!

When you make a home-made pizza, you want it to be better than what you’re going to get from a pizzeria. That’s the point, right? You put in all that work, so you want it to be freaking awesome! But making a home-made pizza can be tough. You want the crust, sauce, and toppings to be good. You’d think this wouldn’t be that hard to achieve, but it’s more difficult than it appears. At my house we have been experimenting, and we have finally figured out how to make the perfect home-made pizza. 

 Over the last couple of months, my mother and I have been playing around with pizza dough recipes. We have had a difficult time finding a really good pizza dough recipe, one that comes out crispy and flavorful. Most of the pizza dough recipes we tried were good, but they were all just missing something. While deciding what foods to make for my son’s birthday picnic in March, we found a recipe for home-made bread rolls. We baked them, and they were delicious! They were soft in the middle, crispy on the outside, and full of flavor. And then a little light bulb went off in my mother’s head. What if we took this recipe and made a pizza dough out of it? So we tried it, and the results were perfect!

Now that we had discovered the trick to awesome pizza dough, the next hurdle was the sauce. To have a truly good pizza, you must have a good sauce. I will love or hate a pizza based on the sauce. You can’t just use tomato paste, that will make it bland. You can’t just use a spaghetti sauce either, it’s missing something. With a little tweaking, we found the perfect combination. A mixture of tomato paste, spaghetti sauce, and sugar make the best pizza sauce.

And last, but certainly not least, you’ve got your toppings. Usually you just throw on your cheese and your toppings and you’re good to go. But I wasn’t completely satisfied with that, so I stole a trick from a popular pizza chain. If you’ve ever had Papa John’s pizza, you’ve notice the meat and veggies are under the cheese versus on top of it. I think the reason this idea was born, is because putting the meat and veggies directly on the sauce gives the sauce more of a flavor. Plus it makes your pizza seem much cheesier without having to go overboard.

Okay, enough of the teasing! Here is our complete recipe for the best home-made pizza ever!

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For the pizza dough, I used this bread roll recipe found on Picture Perfect Meals. I highly recommend using the bread flour as the recipe suggests. If you don’t, it’s not going to come out right. The only thing you’re going to do differently as far as ingredients are concerned, is to omit the use of the extra egg. This recipe makes enough dough for two 14-inch pizzas. Although for this pizza I used a 12-inch pan, so you’ll need to increase the measurements for a larger pizza.

For the sauce:

  • One can traditional Hunts spaghetti sauce
  • One small can tomato paste
  • One tablespoon sugar

For the toppings:

  • One cup shredded mozzarella
  • 3/4 cup pepperoni, chopped
  • 1/2 cup bacon bits
  • 3/4 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup black olives, sliced
  • Two tablespoons pizza seasoning
  • One teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Put a layer of sauce on your pizza dough and spread evenly. Lay your meat and veggies over top the sauce, and then the cheese. Sprinkle pizza seasoning and salt on top, and bake for 14-16 minutes, until the bottom of the crust is lightly browned. Enjoy!

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