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.
Pineapple, apple, pear, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, peach, plum, blueberry, and others.
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.
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.
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!