Make your own pizza: It really is not difficult!

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Pizza! Pizza! Who doesn’t love a tasty pizza? Creating your own is not so difficult. Just follow your taste-buds!

Things You’ll Need:

  • Pizza crust
  • Pizza ingredients; see text.
  • Standard oven

Shopping for pizza ingredients:
OK, this is probably the hardest part of making your own pizza. But only because the list of possible ingredients is virtually endless; and it might be difficult to choose just which ones to go with and which to leave for the next time.
First of all, choose a ready-made pizza crust. Creating pizza crust from scratch is not as easy as it might look at the pizza house!

Also, get a jar of pizza sauce; those come in several varieties; choose your favorite flavor!

Nearly anything can be put on a home-made pizza. Of course, marshmallows and ice-cream are not recommended, but you get the point.

Some possibilities; pick up your favorites of these ingredients.

Meat and fish:

Hamburg, sausage, hot-dog, chicken, bacon, pork, ham, turkey, beef chunks, pepperoni, salami, bologna,other cold cuts; sardines, anchovies, tuna, scrod and more. Obviously, some of these will need to be pre-cooked before building your pizza.

Vegetable slices or chunks:
Tomato, potato, beans, snap-peas, artichoke, capers, cucumber, pickles, olives, pepper, carrot, radish, celery, squash, and more. Some of these might also require pre-cooking.

Fruit chunks:
Pineapple, apple, pear, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, peach, plum, blueberry, and others.

Cheeses:
American, cheddar, havarti, mozzarella, pepper-jack, gouda, edam, and so many, many more! Some of these can be purchased already shredded.

Prepare the ingredients:
Of course, making a pizza requires that meats, vegetables, fruits and cheeses be cut into slices or small chunks; or shredded; so they can be spread across the surface of the pizza crust.
Follow instructions on the pizza crust package for specific crust preparation steps, prior to building your pizza. I sometimes spread a thin layer of extra-virgin olive oil on mine, to help give it a little extra crunchiness.

Pre-cook any meat ingredients that have not already been cooked by the manufacturer/producer. Items like hamburg, sausage, hot-dog, chicken, turkey, bacon, ham, pork, beef and fish will require pre-cooking.
In addition, some of the vegetables might need to be pre-cooked, even if only slightly; although many vegetables will cook adequately when the whole pizza is cooked.

Build the pizza:
After preparing the pizza crust according to package instructions, you are ready to build your delight!

o Spread pizza sauce over the entire surface of the pizza crust.
o Sprinkle shredded cheese or cheese chunks over the entire surface.
o Sprinkle meat or fish chunks over the entire surface.
o Sprinkle vegetable slices or chunks over the entire surface.
o Sprinkle fruit chunks or slices over the entire surface.

Note: You might wish to sprinkle an additional layer of cheese over everything, before cooking it.

Cooking:
Once you have built your pizza-delight, place it into an oven preheated to 375 degrees for approximately 25 to 35 minutes; or until the edges of the crust begin to brown, and the pizza ingredients are sizzling nicely.

Serving:
Remove cooked pizza from the oven and allow it to cool for several minutes before cutting. If you have a pizza-cutter, simply roll it across the crust to cut into pie wedges or squares, whichever you prefer. Otherwise, cut with a sharp knife.

Serve with your choice of beverage and side dishes. Pizza goes well with a variety of chips, pretzels, raw veggies & dips, soda, beer, wine, and many other accompaniments.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be creative; try new ingredients on your own personal pizza!
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