Wednesday, November 21, 2012

5 Easy Tips for a Painless Pizza Making Experience

5 tips for making perfect homemade pizza

I don't recall what prompted me to start making my own pizza (maybe it had something to do with paying over $20 for delivery) but I'm very happy I did!
I'll admit, the first time I used fresh pizza dough I was nervous. Since then, I've learned some inside tips about making pizza. And once you know them, preparing homemade pizza using fresh dough is very simple and painless.

Follow these five tips and you might fall in love with making your own pizza too!

Warm Up before Stretching
Cold fresh pizza dough is really difficult to stretch. But if you pull it out of the fridge and give it time to warm to room temperature (about 2 hours), it's much easier to work with. It's sticky, so be sure to dust your hands in flour before you begin.

The dough I buy comes in a 750g / 26 oz. bag and the first time I made pizza with it I used a round baking sheet. Not a good idea. There was far too much dough.
Now I use a 11 x 17 baking sheet and it works perfect!

Prepare the Dough
Once the dough is stretched on the baking sheet, there are a couple quick things you can do to ensure it cooks properly.
Start by lightly brushing the dough with olive oil to create a water barrier between the dough and the sauce. This prevents moisture from getting into the dough so the top of the crust fully cooks.

5 tips for making homemade pizza

The second step is to pull out the meat tenderizer.

5 Tips for making homemade pizza

My brother-in-law (who is in the pizza business) taught me that tenderizing the dough prevents it from bubbling up when it cooks. It's also a chance to work off some stress. Some days I smack that dough harder than others.
Break Out the Parmesan
Once the pizza dough is lightly oiled and tenderized, it's time for the sauce. I use a 7.5 oz. can of pizza sauce which works perfect to just cover the dough. Once the sauce is on, season it with Parmesan cheese for extra flavor.

5 tips for making homemade pizza

 Add Your Toppings
When I forget to buy pepperoni at the store I cut up a few slices of Genoa salami or something similar. A few of my other favorite toppings are chopped green bell peppers, sliced red onions and shredded mozzarella cheese.

My kids have taught me to cut toppings like onions in larger pieces...they're easier to pick off.

5 tips for making homemade pizza

Bake then Broil
Fresh pizza cooks fast! By fast I mean 10 minutes in a 425 F oven. To give it that authentic pizza look, broil it for the last two minutes to lightly brown the cheese on top. Makes it look extra delicious!!!!

5 tips for making homemade pizza

Give your pizza about 5 minutes before slicing...

5 tips for making homemade pizza

 And enjoy your homemade pizza pie!
Homemade Genoa, Bell Pepper and Onion Pizza

Fresh pizza dough topped with Genoa salami, green bell peppers, red onions and mozzarella cheese.

5 tips for making homemade pizza

Time to prepare: 15 minutes 
Time to cook:  10 minutes 

Fresh pizza dough 750g / 26 oz.
Olive oil
1 can (7.5 oz. / 213 ml) pizza sauce
2 tbsp finely grated Parmesan cheese
5 slices Genoa salami, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 green bell pepper, diced
Sliced red onion
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Bring pizza dough up to room temperature and stretch over an 11x17 baking sheet that has been lightly covered in oil. Lightly brush the top of dough with olive oil and tenderize with a meat tenderizer.

Evenly spread on pizza sauce and sprinkle on Parmesan cheese. Top with salami, bell pepper, red onion and mozzarella cheese.

Bake in a 425 F oven for 10 minutes. Broil for the last 2 minutes to brown the cheese.

You may also want to try...
English Muffin Mini Pizzas
Layered Tortellini Pizza Bake


  1. thnx Brent! sooooooooo nice!

    1. You're very welcome! Glad you like...thanks so much for sharing your comment!