Everyone loves pizza, at least that is how it is in my house. We live in the country, no where near a take out or delivery service. Usually the only time we have pizza is when one of us takes a trip into Augusta. Someone always texts, “pizza please.” Well all of that changes tonight.
I am turning my kitchen into a pizza parlor, and my family will be the chefs. Make your own pizza night is a fun way to get your kids involved with dinner prep and is just a fun way to get your entire crew gathered in the kitchen. So, where do we start? What do I need to turn my kitchen into a my favorite pizza joint?
The cool thing about this project is there are no directions. Whatever your family likes or you think will make an interesting topping is the right answer. You can go with the traditional: pepperoni, cheese, and marinara sauce. Maybe your family is a group of carnivores: meatballs, sausage, salami, bacon, and ham. They might love a veggie option: onions, olives, peppers, and tomatoes. You could go exotic: white sauce, olive oil, roasted garlic, and spinach. I like a themed pizza: BBQ chicken or Hawaiian. The point is, the sky is the limit.
Tonight I chose to do a little bit of everything. Meats options are chicken, bacon, ham, pepperoni, salami, and Italian sausage. Vegetable options are green peppers, onions, tomatoes, and black olives. The wild card ingredients are olive oil, roasted garlic, fresh mozzarella cheese, pepperocini peppers, and BBQ sauce. I even took it to another level with choices. I had three different types of crust: thin, Italian bread, and flat bread.
I got all the ingredients prepared and then called my wild bunch to the kitchen. Everyone had a different take on the perfect pie.
TAYLOR’S MEATSA MEATSA
1 Thin Pizza Crust
3 TB of Marinara Sauce
4 Pepperoni Slices
4 Salami Slices
Sliced Italian Sausage
1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese (shredded)
Spread marinara sauce on crust. Sprinkle half the cheese on crust. Evenly distribute all the meat toppings. Sprinkle the remainder of the cheese on pizza. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 12 minutes.
BECCA’S SUPERB SUPREME PIE
1 Italian Bread Crust
3 TB Marinara Sauce
1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese(shredded)
3 Pepperoni Rounds
Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
Parmesan Cheese (shredded)
Spread Marinara sauce on crust. Sprinkle 1/2 the shredded Mozzarella cheese on crust. Distribute meat and veggies on pizza. Tear fresh Mozzarella cheese into pieces and distribute on pizza. Sprinkle Parmesan and then remaining Mozzarella on crust. Season with Italian Seasoning. Bake in 400 degree oven for 12 minutes.
CHRISHELLE’S TANGY BBQ CHICKEN PIZZA
1 Italian Bread Crust
3 TB of BBQ Sauce
Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
2 Slices Colby Jack Cheese
Pepperoncini Pepper Rings.
Spread BBQ sauce on crust. Sprinkle shredded Cheddar cheese on crust. Distribute meat and veggies on pizza. Tear Colby Jack slices into pieces and add to crust. Drizzle with a little more BBQ sauce. Bake in 400 degree oven for 12 minutes. Top with Pepponcini Pepper rings.
Pizza night was a hit. We came up with some great recipes and had a lot of fun. Try it with your crew soon. I promise you will make some memories.