Okay guys, I have had people tell me that my pizza is the best homemade pizza they’ve ever had on multiple occasions and I am quite confident that it is, as a matter of fact, the best. I have a few tricks up my sleeve that I think make it so and I’m ready to dish them all out to you. So, by popular demand, here they are…
Homemade pizza is such an easy, cheap meal to put together and it can feed an entire family. I like mine paired with a balsamic vinaigrette or cesar salad and a glass of wine… but honestly, it’s amazing on its own too. Shaun will request this a few times a month and I honestly love making it (and eating it).
Okay, so now on to the good stuff. How is my pizza any different you ask? WELL, I have a few pizza making tips I’ve picked up along the way and I think they make a world of a difference.
My Best Homemade Pizza Making Tips
Tip #1: Before you go slathering pizza sauce over your dough, whip up a mix of olive oil, italian herbs, and minced garlic and use that first. I usually focus it around the crust, but if there is any extra, i’ll brush it over the entirety of the dough.
Tip #2: When you think pizza, you think mozzarella right? What if I told you I barely use any? YEP! Cheddar is my favorite pizza topping. It adds such a rich, buttery, tangy flavor and it crisps up in the oven better than any other cheese. I like to use extra sharp for the tang. I also will pile on some parmesan too. But not that snow-like stuff you get at your local pizza shop. I’m talking about the real stuff… Mmm.
Tip #3: Salt & Pepper!! Once all of your pizza is put together but before it goes into the oven, top it with a few shakes of salt and pepper. The salt will bring out the flavors of your toppings as they cook and the pepper is just because.
Tip #4: ALWAYS broil your pizza for a couple minutes after cooking. It bubbles the cheese (and brings out that buttery, rich flavor in the cheddar) and adds the perfect crisp to your crust.
That’s it! How easy peasy right?!
Other than those three musts, I typically play around with how I make my pizza. My toppings are always changing based on what I have in the fridge but typically I will use marinated artichoke hearts, turkey bacon, black olives, spinach, red onion, and mushrooms. I always use (and love) Trader Joe’s pizza crust. It’s so affordable too. I love the herb dough, but the classic is good too! I’ve tried the whole wheat dough, but it changes the flavor of the pizza too much. I’ve also played around with cauliflower crust and didn’t mind it, but it wasn’t Shaun’s favorite.
I hope these tips come in handy for your next pizza making night. Let me know if you use them down below in the comments and share this post with your pizza loving BFF.