Even before our honeymoon to Italy, where we had a steady diet of amazing pizza for lunch and dinner most days, we were pizza lovers. My parents can make a mean pizza, so I grew up with an almost weekly tweaking and tasting of this wonderful food. It can also be one of the easiest, most cost effective meals to make at home. This is how we do our pizza at home. Our’s is pretty straight forward, often changing it a bit each time.
Preheat oven to….ummm…about….450? 475? See, I never know. Something high. You can’t go wrong.
ONE- Let the dough (pre-made or homemade) come to room temperature (this way it won’t spring back on you when rolling out)
TWO- Flour a large surface and roll out dough with a well floured rolling pin. Roll until very thin (the dough will always puff up a bit when baking).
THREE- Brush a baking sheet with olive oil and fit dough to pan using fingertips.
FOUR- Sauce: Using an immersion blender, puree a can of whole or crushed tomatoes (It’s easiest to just sit the immerse blender in the can itself). Add some olive oil (about 2 tablespoons) and a pinch of salt.
FIVE- Spread a ladleful of sauce on the dough. Then cover with toppings (we do fresh mozzarella, turkey or regular sausage, peppers, onions, basil, spinach, goat cheese in various combinations; my mom makes a great white pizza with swiss chard and Romano cheese). Drizzle with olive oil.
SIX- Bake until crust is crisp (about 15 minutes). Then, mangiare! Eat!These pictures where taken by my sister, Laura, on our recent vacation to Connecticut.