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TGIF: Make Homemade Pizza

Posted By Jessica Fisher On July 18, 2008 @ 7:36 pm In Good Eats,TGIF | 4 Comments


One of the things that our family loves to do is to eat pizza. Personally, my very favorite pizza [5] is served up at the corner of Bouquet and Soledad Canyons in Santa Clarita, CA. However, I live in Kansas City, so I’ve had to learn to make do without my hometown pizza. When we’ve got “eating out” money in the budget, we enjoy California Pizza Kitchen [6]. But, since that can’t be a weekly indulgence, we often make our own.

Usually, I make the dough myself, using a recipe from the CPK Cookbook [7]. I make a triple batch in the breadmaker. But, you don’t have to make your own dough. You could use any bread for a base. The kids love it when I make them small size so that each can add his own toppings. (Here’s me and my first FishBoy back when I was young and svelte.)


I must confess that I don’t do this very often anymore — do you know how many cooks would be in my kitchen??? But, it’s definitely worth doing occasionally to make a memory and build camaraderie. So, think about having a DIY Pizza Night this weekend!

Here’s some ideas how:

Ingredients (amounts are not specific, just have enough for everyone’s tastes)
• Crust: homemade pizza dough, pre-baked pizza shells, such as Boboli; English muffins; tortillas; or French bread, split lengthwise
• Sauce: Any Italian tomato sauce will work, even leftover spaghetti sauce. Experiment until you find the one your crew likes. In a pinch, combine 8 ounces tomato sauce, 6 ounces tomato paste, and 1 teaspoon each of oregano, basil, and garlic powder.
• grated mozzarella, jack, and cheddar cheeses
• sliced pepperoni
• sliced Canadian bacon
• cooked, chopped chicken breast
• cooked, crumbled Italian sausage
• sliced black olives
• diced onions
• chopped tomatoes
• chopped bell pepper
• sliced mushrooms
• diced pineapple

Spread a thin layer of sauce on the base of your choice, sprinkle a little cheese, layer your toppings, and top with more cheese. Bake according to crust directions, or simply bake at 425° for about 10-15 minutes. Keep checking for doneness. A tortilla pizza will take less time than a thick French bread. Serve with a green salad and ranch dressing for dipping.

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