Monday, October 14, 2013

Pizza Time

Once the weather gets a little cooler, we love to heat up the oven and make pizza. It's become a ritual on the weekends.  It's a fun way to get the kids involved in helping out with the cooking. The added bonus is they get to pick what goes on the pizza.

I am a huge Trader Joe's fan.  One of the best pizza helpers they have is the refrigerated pizza dough found in their ready-made salads and dips section.  The dough is easy to work with.  Just follow the package directions, making sure to let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. Any less, and the dough is tough to roll out.  Any more, and the dough becomes too sticky.
As you can see, we like a lot of toppings...that is to say the two grown-ups in the house like a lot of toppings. Pick what you like and make it your own.  I do highly recommend Trader Joe's pizza sauce, too.  I use one whole container for one pizza.
You can roll the dough out or do like me and loosen it up by hand.  Thin it out without punching holes.  I don't have a fancy pizza stone (it's on my Christmas wish list) but a large jelly roll pan sprayed with cooking spray works just fine for us now (until I get my pizza stone!).
Bake the pizza in the oven at 425 for about 15 minutes. Longer if you like your cheese to be browned and the edges crusty (Gary insists on it this way or asks it to be returned to the oven until the crust resembles a saltine cracker).
Let the pizza cool about five minutes before slicing. Otherwise half of your toppings will roll off the pizza into a big glob on your pizza cutter. You don't want that, do you?
Add some red pepper flakes, if you like, and a nice glass of red wine. Couldn't be easier. Enjoy!