One time, I had a pizza party when my friends and I made (and ate) way too much pizza. We made a sausage and mushroom pizza, a BBQ chicken pizza, a thai chicken pizza, and a dump-everything-leftover-onto-the-pizza-dough pizza. They were all delicious. We opened a couple bottles of wine and felt extra fancy.
Pizza is like a sandwich, a burger, or oatmeal: it’s super versatile and you pretty much put ANYTHING you want on there. It’s a blank canvas that can highlight the flavors that you love. The best part is that it doesn’t take many ingredients to make a flavorful, healthy, and delicious pizza.
You can use any dough that you want, but I highly recommend you go to Whole Foods and buy their pizza dough balls. Each one costs $1.29 and it’s much tastier than the ones at Trader Joe’s. Because the pizza dough is frozen, there is minimal preparation needed for the dough but it’s super easy.
Pizza Dough Prep (2-4 hours before baking)
– Remove dough from container and place into a large bowl
– Wet a clean towel (make sure it’s not one of those towel that sheds) and wring out as much water as you can. Place the damp towel on top of the dough.
– Let the dough rest at room temperature for a couple of hours until it has doubled in size at least. This can take up to 4 hours.
Last weekend, I went to visit a friend, and together we made an amazing margarita pizza. Try out this great and simple recipe:
Margherita Pizza (10”-12”)
Serving Size: 6 big slices
Cost: $0.66/per serving = $4.00 total
1 whole wheat pizza dough ball (defrosted at room temperature for 2-4 hours)
1/2 cup of tomato sauce
1 large tomato, sliced (or 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, quartered)
1 cup of fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
1 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of pepper
1/2 cup of basil, roughly chopped
Preheat the oven at 375 degrees. Place the rack one rung above the middle position and place your pizza stone (if you have it) on the rack while the oven is preheating.
In the meantime, place some flour on a clean counter/working space. I don’t recommend using a rolling pin at all. Use your hands and flatten the dough to about 10-12 inches in diameter. To make a thicker crust at the edges, just leave the edges a bit thicker. Spread the tomato sauce on the flattened dough. Add the tomatoes and cheese. Sprinkle salt and pepper all over it. The salt is really important to highlight the flavor of the fresh tomatoes. Bake until the cheese is browned/melted and the crust is golden brown (20-30 minutes). When it is done, take it out of the oven, and sprinkle the basil right on top of it before serving. It’s best to put the fresh basil on right before serving to avoid cooking the basil too much and causing it to lose it’s bright flavor.
Serve it with a simple spinach salad (spinach, tomatoes, onions, goat cheese, walnuts, and your favorite dressing) and impress your friends with such an elegant and delicious meal.