almost homemade – pizza

I love pizza. It’s so good (I know, but so bad). We really do try to eat healthy most of the time. But sometimes, pizza. It just happens.

I would love to say that we have time to make homemade dough. But we just don’t. On the weekends, yes. But after work, pizza is a quick treat. Tyler and I both used to turn up our noses at homemade pizza (Boboli anyone?). But this dough is a total game changer. It took us a few tries to get it just right. Totally worth the patience and retries. I am so glad we didn’t give up on this. People have asked us many times about this dough and our technique, so here it is.

Almost Homemade Pizza – Makes one huge personal pizza, or two perfect halves.

Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough (Any flavor. We LOVE the herbed one.)

Flour (For dusting)

Sauce (Your favorite, jarred, or homemade)

Toppings (I love lots of veggies on mine, usually bell pepper, onion, green onion, and mushroom. Tyler goes for pepperoni, bell pepper, and green onion.)

Cheese (Tyler has the traditional shredded Mozzarella. For my side, Tyler breaks up two wedges of Laughing Cow Garlic & Herb Swiss cheese.)

Preheat your oven to 450F. Spray a cooking sheet with nonstick spray. Pull the dough out of the fridge. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes on the counter in the bag. Then open the bag and stretch the dough onto a floured surface. Tyler works it into a thin rectangle to fit our toaster oven pan. Let it sit in the pan for another 10 minutes. After the time is up, put the dough into the now hot oven for 5-10 minutes, depending on how crispy you want your crust.

Meanwhile, chop your toppings and grate your cheese. When the dough is to your crispy liking, take it out of the oven.

Mmmm… look at that. By now, your house should be filled with the sweet smell of baking bread.

Add your sauce! We like really light sauce. Try to get the sauce as even as possible. At this point, we top the pizza with green onions, then cheese it.

Finish it off with your toppings. Pop this sucker into the oven for 11 minutes.

SO good!! I serve this with a side salad. We try to only buy pizza dough once every other shopping trip. Otherwise, I’d eat it every night if my waistline would allow it.

What are your favorite pizza techniques and toppings??


5 thoughts on “almost homemade – pizza

    • Do it! We have a cuisinart one and it is perfect for two people. I use it every day and only use the big oven for large batches of food. It heats up in less than 5 minutes and saves energy

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