Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Tips for perfect homemade pizza!
I have lots of tips for homemade pizza! Joshua and I both love pizza, and have done a lot of experimenting with homemade pizza in the 7 years we've been married.
My mom makes pizza, and her recipe has a pre-baked crust to avoid the burned-top, raw-crust dilemma. ;) My mom's pizza is yummy, and growing up I tasted restaurant-pizza only a few times, so I couldn't quite understand why Joshua insisted that we needed to master the "bake the dough and toppings all together, one time" trick! :)
But, experiment we did... and now I make what we consider to be excellent homemade pizza... rivaling anything we've tasted anywhere else!
Here is the recipe I use: Tammy's Easy Pizza. (See the recipe for additional notes and tips!)
A few quick tips:
- Homemade pizza dough is easy to make; it's okay if it's a little sticky. I butter the pan (and my clean hands!) and press the soft sticky dough into the pan.
- Resist the temptation to overload the pizza with toppings, especially if you're putting quite a few different things on top! A cup of sauce is plenty to cover a 16-inch round pizza without making it too wet. Vegetables like peppers, onions, and tomatoes have a tendency to become watery as they bake, so unless you don't mind pools of water on top, use them more sparingly.
- If I'm using a heavier pizza pan (like stainless steel), I bake it on the bottom oven rack, so the crust gets sufficiently browned. Baking a heavy pan of pizza on the top rack can result in browned toppings and under-cooked dough.
- If I'm using a thin pizza pan, I bake the pizza on the top oven rack, so the crust doesn't get too dark on the bottom. Darker pans (a pan with a non-stick coating vs. a stainless steel pan) will make a darker crust. (Read more about pizza pans here.)
- Leaving hot pizza to cool on the pan can cause condensation to form between the crust and the pan. To avoid this, we often put slices of pizza on a wire rack to cool before refrigerating the leftovers.
- To warm leftover pizza, I place pizza slices on a cookie sheet in the oven. I turn the oven to 375 degrees and bake for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly. YUM! :) And a quick, warm winter lunch. :)
I did a price breakdown of my homemade pizza recipe here... concluding that my 16-inch turkey pepperoni extra-cheese pizza costs just $3.25 in ingredients!
I've also shared my tips for making homemade pizza to serve to guests. I especially like serving pizza to families with children, since it's always a hit! :)
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