How to Make Quick and Delicious Pizza at Home
How to Make Quick and Delicious Pizza at Home – From Crusts to Sauces to Toppings
by Jacqueline Samaroo
Want to make something completely fun and easy for a midweek meal, date night delight or comfort food treat? Try a pizza!
Homemade pizzas are a wonderful mix of tasty and healthy because you are in charge of the type, quality and quantity of ingredients used. You get to customize it exactly as you like, enjoy having that awesome pizza scent waft through your house as it bakes, then slice it up and dive into its deliciousness once it done. Sounds yummy, right?
The “Crust” of the Matter
Well, let’s face it, as much as we’d all like to make, serve up and dig into a perfectly mouthwatering pizza, it’s really the idea of making the pizza crust that usually holds us back. We can’t seem to shake the fear that it just won’t turn out right and instead of being gobbled up, the pizza will simply sit there with everyone staring at it in hungry disappointment!
Keeping reading – we’re about to share some pretty quick and easy ways to make pizza dough. We’ll also give you some great tips to help ensure your homemade creation makes the urge to order in a pizza a thing of the past!
Technique #1 – Pizza Dough WITH Yeast
The basics here are simply water, flour, salt and yeast. Using just these four ingredients, you can get a pizza crust that’s sure to win over even the most discerning pizza connoisseur in your household.
You can, if you wish, add a little sugar and some oil to the dough ingredients. The sugar will add flavor, boost the activity of the yeast and help to tenderize the dough. Apart from improving the flavor of the crust, a little oil can make kneading the dough easier and helps to prevent the top of the crust from becoming soggy when the toppings are added.
Here is a 30-minute recipe that yields a soft and chewy crust:
Quick and Easy Pizza Crust
Dissolve the sugar and yeast in a bowl of warm water and let it stand for about 10 minutes. Mix in the flour, oil and salt until the dough is smooth and give it 5 minutes to rest. Transfer it to a floured surface and shape out your crust. Place the dough in a pizza pan dusted with cornmeal. Add your preferred toppings then bake your pizza until golden brown.
Technique #2 – Pizza Dough WITHOUT Yeast
Let’s say you have a yearning for pizza but you don’t have any yeast and would rather not have to go out to get some. No worries, you can make an absolutely delicious pizza crust minus yeast using the all-purpose flour and baking powder that you most likely already have in your pantry.
Of course, if you have self-rising flour (so called because it already has the baking powder and salt in it) then that can work great, too. Also, you can substitute baking soda for baking powder and simply omit adding any salt the recipe calls for.
Here is a pretty fail-safe recipe you can try.
No-Yeast Pizza Crust
Mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Add milk and oil then stir to make a soft dough. Knead your dough on a floured surface and shape it into a ball. Cover it and leave it to stand for a few minutes. Roll it out and your good to go!
Pizza Crust Tips
Pizza parlors can make extra-large, thick crust, stuffed pizzas piled high with toppings and get perfectly cooked results with ease. When making pizza at home, however, you will have to take things down a notch.
- The oven at your local pizzeria gets way hotter than the one in your kitchen could ever hope to, so you will need to ensure your oven is quite hot before you put the pizza in. Most recipes will ask you to preheat it on the highest setting. Some suggest you preheat it like this for at least half an hour to get the entire oven hot, hot, HOT!
- Lightly sprinkle cornmeal onto the lined pizza pan. It prevents the dough from sticking, adds a little extra flavor and gives each bite a satisfying crunch.
- Go for several small pizzas instead of one large one.
- Roll the dough thinly so it cooks evenly from edges to center.
- Give the crust a head start. Roll it out and bake it first; add the sauce and bake a bit more; and then add the toppings and set to bake one last time.
- Go easy with the toppings. Overloaded homemade pizzas usually end up soggy in the middle.
- Changing the sauce you use on your pizza helps to make it new and exciting each time. You don’t have to use store-bought sauces either, homemade sauces are usually much better.
- Remember that pizza dough isn’t just for pizzas! Once you have mastered the dough that works best for you, you now have a wonderful start to many other pizza dough inspired dishes.
Pizza Crust Alternatives
If you’re in the mood for homemade pizza and you want to make it as quick and easy as possible, then there is no need to make pizza dough from scratch. They are many alternatives that will work just fine as your pizza’s crust.
Try Something That’s Kind of the Same … but Different
Who says pizza crust has to be made from flour dough? Enjoyable crust variations can be made from cauliflower, mashed potatoes (Irish potatoes or sweet potatoes or both), carrots, beets, grated zucchini and a wide variety of mashed peas.
Many of these are super easy to make – just like this scrumptious sweet potato crust.
Three Ingredient Sweet Potato Pizza Crust
Peel the sweet potatoes and add them to your food processor along with some rolled oats. Pulse them until the mixture is very fine then add an egg, garlic powder and salt. Pulse it a bit more then shape it into your pizza crust. Bake for about 30 minutes, let it cool and then turn it over in the pan. Brush the top with a little olive oil and bake some more until crispy. Now, it’s just begging for you to add you favorite sauce and toppings!
Try pita bread, tortilla wraps or slices of French bread. Why not bake up a batch of waffles and turn them into personalized pizza? You can also cut hotdog rolls, hamburger rolls, bagels or English muffins in halves and use those as the base for small unique pizzas. Kids, especially, will love building up their mini-pizzas with their own choice of toppings.
Slices of your regular bread work great, too! Just check out this quick video for “Easy Bread Pizza”
Truth be told, you can build your pizza on top of practically anything, just as long as it’s flat! Some fancy, healthy and tasty ideas that are sure to surprise and please everyone at your dinner table include:
- slices of heirloom tomatoes
- zucchini rounds
- butternut squash rounds
- Portobello mushrooms
- slices of eggplant
Here’s an example of just how yummy these intriguing pizza base ideas can be!
Mini Zucchini Pizzas with Pepperoni
Start off with half-inch thick zucchini rounds. Rub them with salt and leave them to rest for up to 15 minutes. (This pulls out some of the moisture.) Wipe the rounds dry, place them on a baking sheet and start assembling your pizza. First on is pizza sauce, then shredded cheese, pepperoni, tomato slices and red onion. Bake it to melt the cheese and serve topped with fresh basil.
- Darren Clunie