Homemade pizza is an easy weeknight dinner. My kids would literately eat my homemade pizza recipe every night if I would let them! They tell me its because of the limitless topping possibility, and did I mention it’s easy 🙂 There are many ways you can cook a homemade pizza. We’ll discuss different flours, creative recipes, crust variations, flavor additions, cookware and so much more. Homemade pizza dough is a great recipe for any skill level. Try adding different seasonings to change the flavor, or how about using alfredo instead of traditional tomato sauce.
I’ll put a trendy new pizza party idea near the end, but first lets talk about what cookware to use.
You can use a stone, cookie sheet, deep dish pan, the grill, a casserole dish or the good old oven rack. Each method will cook an amazingly crispy homemade pizza crust, use whichever method you prefer. Stones are great for all pizza crust types, just make sure to pre-heat your stone, keep it well seasoned with oil.
Cooking your homemade pizza dough on a cookie sheet or in a deep dish pan is easy, no pre-heating or seasoning with oil involved. These are traditionally used by delivery businesses and moms everywhere.
Using a grill to cook your dough will give it a nice smokey flavor. Use an already cooked crust. Lightly brush with olive oil. Cook rather quickly. Just be careful to keep the heat down low so it doesn’t burn, until you get the hang of it.
Homemade Pizza Dough
What types of flour and yeast? You can use All-Purpose or Whole Wheat Flour. Sometimes I like to use a mix of both. These recipes are great for interchanging ingredients or doubling to make more. A without yeast recipe is near the bottom of the website.
Tip: Try mixing in a little corn meal to give yummy hidden crunch. Spread some on the underside interesting texture.
Easy Homemade Pizza Recipe that is healthy, light and crispy! Using Active Dry Yeast for a fast dough rise. You'll have enough dough to make a deep dish or regular crust pizza. This homemade pizza recipe can be made into a whole wheat pizza or white crust. The honey gives it a touch of sweetness without over powering the overall taste. Try brushing your crust with homemade garlic butter, yum!
- 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
- 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
- 2 1/4 Teaspoon Active Dry Yeast
- 3/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Cup Warm Water
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Honey
- Garlic Powder, Italian Blend Seasoning, Rosemary
- Add flour, salt, garlic powder, Italian blend seasoning, dried crushed rosemary and yeast in a large sized mixing bowl and stir well.
- Add warm water, oil and honey and mix with either your hands or mixer.
- Cover with a moist dish towel or plastic wrap and sit in a warm spot for 10 minutes. I put mine on top of my stove while I'm pre-heating my oven to 425 degrees. You don't want to skip this step, you want your pizza dough to rise.
- Next roll out your pizza dough to the desired thickness and add your toppings. I like to add more seasoning on top.
- Bake in a 425° oven for 20-30 minutes.
Homemade Pizza Sauce
There are even options for your homemade pizza sauce! You can use traditional tomato or try making your own homemade pizza sauce. Alfredo sauce will give homemade pizza a nice creamy texture. Top it with chicken, mushrooms, bacon and spinach for a yummy homemade alfredo. BBQ sauce, Top it with pulled pork or chicken. What about a taco flavored sauce to use for a taco pizza. Try making a sweet cream cheese mixture for a fruit creation. Makes a great dessert!
Homemade Pizza Crust
Another way to change the flavor is adjusting the thickness of the crust. Roll extra thin for a thin and crispy crust. Cook your homemade pizza in a casserole dish for a yummy deep dish. Try rolling out larger than your pie and adding some mozzarella cheese along the outer circle, fold the extra over to create a yummy cheese filled homemade pizza crust.
Please everyone! Make vegetarian, meat lovers, spicy, fruity; there’s so many options. When you load up your toppings make sure not to over do it. Adding to many will cause it not cook properly.
What kind of cheese should I use?
The great thing about is you can use just about any cheese! Of course you will want to match your topping. My family loves mozzarella, cheddar or a mexican cheese mix for a taco twist…yum! Which comes first the cheese or the pizzazz? Mix it up and do it both ways!
- Simple vegetarian homemade pizza sprinkle a nice flavorful chunky cheese with sliced tomatoes and spinach.
- Meat Lovers Pepperoni, sausage, beef, ham and bacon.
- Pineapple, ham and bacon.
- Chicken, bacon and sliced tomatoes.
Put some veggies to the mix.
- Bell peppers
- Banana peppers
Imaginations can run wild, get creative!
More Types of Pie
While we covered the basics and several different types in this article it would be hard pressed to encompass everything in one web page. Master some of the skills above first or jump right in to the specialty page below for the some of the best homemade pizza you will ever have!
Homemade Pizza without Yeast
Dough without yeast? Yes making homemade pizza without yeast is cake. For some this may be a dietary sensitivity. I use this when I’m in a pinch plus need to make dinner fast. All it takes is about 30 minutes from start to finish. Use whole wheat flour if preferred. Would make a great homemade pizza for kids to make for dinner. All we need are a few ingredients.
- 1/4 Cup Butter, at room temperature
- 1 Cup Milk
- 2 1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour, or whole wheat
- 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- Seasoning Italian Blend, Rosemary, Garlic Powder or Sun Dried Tomato mix
1. Mix together flour, baking powder, salt and other seasonings of your choice.
2. Add in your milk and butter, mix well.
It’s that easy! Roll out your homemade pizza dough, add sauce, some shredded and your choice of sprinkles. Bake at 450° for about 15 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy!
What is a Peel?
An awesome gigantic spatula, that is what a peel is. You have probably seen them around. but not known the name. Peel’s make transferring your homemade pizza dough onto the hot stone, fire grilled brick or home oven a breeze.
Is making pizza homemade Healthier?
Why of course it is healthy. Your the chef. Certainly most of the large retail shops use preservatives, vegetable oil, bleached white floor and anything else they can use to make it taste good cheap. Whole ingredient homemade pizza with olive oil is healthy, authentic and has a robust flavor.
How can I save my dough?
You can easily multiply the recipe above to make a few for a large party. Making extra to cook later during the work week is also a good idea. If you have extra seal it in a air tight back. Forcing out the extra air. Then freeze it. It might not sound as fresh, but I guarantee you its fresher than anything at the store.
Modern Day pizza was created in Naples, Italy and is considered a heritage food.
Homemade Pizza Party
A homemade pizza party is great if your going to have a bunch of friends coming over for a super bowl, a girls night watching survivor or anything really. Putting out chips, dip and the regular munchies gets old. Its actually a new trend in new york city for example. Its fun and easy. Instead of making large pies, make a large batch of dough and roll out 10-12″ individual sized portions. Make a few extra for hungry people or dessert. Cook these ahead of time and store in gallon bags or a small tote. After that go to the specialty page, pick a few fresh ingredients and sauces. Chop and prepare those in separate containers. Your ready!
When its time for the big night fire up a nice grill or oven. Set the buffet out where guest can use the items to make there own flavors. It will only take a few minutes having the homemade pizza dough already cooked. Allowing for a few minutes to chit chat and mingle with each guest individually.
People like sharing there own creations. Just make sure they save room for sweets.