I’ve made this a few times now. All the kids love it, Chris and I enjoy it, and any meal that isn’t met with even one child complaining is a major win in our house!
You can use premade pizza dough if you want, I prefer to make my own. It makes me feel better about feeding my kids party pizza for dinner! Pizza dough is pretty simple to make. I’ve seen this recipe, or similar ones, all over the internet - this is my take.
1 1/2 c. warm (105-115 degrees) water
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. yeast
1/2 tsp. salt
3-4 1/2 c. flour
Mix the first three ingredients together and let the yeast rise until bubbly, about 10 minutes.
Mix the salt in, and then start adding flour. Of course I make this in Betsy.
Keep adding flour until the dough reaches the proper consistency. It will form a nice ball, and not be too sticky. It takes about 3-4 cups of flour.
Knead it or let your mixer knead it for a few moments.
Grease a bowl and turn dough in the bowl to coat with oil. Let it rise until doubled, about 45 minutes. This time of the year, it’s always a good idea to turn your oven on warm and place your bread on the stove. The heat will encourage it to rise.
While this is rising, prepare your ingredients. I’ve used pepperoni and I’ve used pineapple before. Next time I may try peppers and onions. Any pizza topping, or really any topping in general, will work great. Chop it smaller though. Cube your cheese (we use mozzarella).
Once the dough is ready, pinch off walnut sized pieces and flatten. Some people prefer to roll out their dough and cut with a pizza cutter into “x” amount of pieces. This seems like unnecessary work to me, but it’s whatever you feel is easiest.
Place your toppings on the top of your dough. Bring up the sides and pinched closed. Place in your greased pie/cake pan seam side down.
If you have spare pans, or if you want to purchase throw away pie tins, these make great Make Ahead Meals. I have 4 pie tins, but I think I’ll still purchase a few more. I’d like to have 6 or so of these in my freezer for easy meals. I only have 2.5 tins in there right now.
Make your topping. I mix oil, Italian Seasoning, maybe some garlic powder. Whatever works best for you. I think the Italian Seasoning is a must though! Pour over the top and brush to evenly coat. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan or Italian cheese mix. I prefer the Italian Cheese mix - it has Parmesan in it plus a bunch of other yummy cheeses.
Bake at 400 for 10-20 minutes.
Serve with sauce on the side for dipping. This is oh so very yummy, and a great meal to make ahead for nights where you are busy and can’t cook!
My happy campers (Anthony wasn’t there for dinner that night, which is why there is no picture of him, but he loves it too!)
Charlie (what an odd expression)
David (as you can see, these pictures are a few weeks old, but it’s such a hit around here it will become a staple!)
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