Home made Pizzas

If you’re ever looking for a yummy dinner to make with your kids or grand kids and don’t want spending the extra hours to make pizza dough from scratch, you can defrost one-pound loaves of frozen bread dough.

While watching three of my grand daughters yesterday, we decided to have a pizza party for dinner, so I set out three loaves of bread dough after breakfast and covered them with saran wrap.

By 3:00 pm, they were completely defrosted and room temperature, which makes them easy to press into buttered pizza pans.

(I don’t butter the very edges of the pans, though, because the dough is very elastic and won’t stick to the edges if they are buttered but instead will pull away from the sides.)

Let the dough rise in the pans on the counter for about an hour. Meanwhile, prepare whatever toppings you want. We made one supreme for the adults, one with pepperoni and cheese, and one pan of bread sticks. It’s super easy, and home made pizza has a lot less fat and salt than those from pizzerias! For all homemade pizzas, preheat your oven to 350° while you’re preparing the ingredients.

First, spread 1/2 cup of your favorite spaghetti sauce (or tomato sauce, or tomato paste) on top. Or, for bread sticks, spread 2 tablespoons of melted butter.

Next, arrange whatever ingredients you want on top. My little gals all have different tastes, so we made one pizza half cheese with bacon and ham, and the other half with just pepperoni.

Whatever else you put on, cover the pizza with a generous portion of shredded mozzarella (or your favorite Italian cheeses). You can add anything else you want, but if you have little ones who really like it plain, it might be good to go just like that.

For our supreme, I precooked the veggies, which were mushrooms and onions. (Peppers are also great, but I didn’t happen to have any). I used to heap tons of fresh veggies on top, but the liquid they released while cooking would make the crust soggy, so I’ve personally switched to sauteing veggies lightly first, except for spinach, which I still add fresh.

This one also had pepperoni, ham, and bacon (precooked to crispy and chopped into bits). Obviously, other favorites include black or green olives, pickled yellow peppers, sausage, and about 50 other possible additions according to taste, including herbs like oregano. Whatever else you do, be sure to add 8 ounces of shredded cheese and sprinkle parmsan cheese on top!

To make bread sticks, coat the dough heavily with melted butter, add a generous coating of parmesan cheese, and season well with garlic salt. After it’s done baking, I coat it again a second time with melted butter and offer spaghetti sauce or melted garlic butter for dipping sauces.

Once your creations are complete, pop them in your preheated oven (350°F.) and bake them for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Give them about 5 minutes to cut and cool down, but I try to set the table and prepare whatever sides I want, so that as soon as they’re out of the oven, we can eat.

Add a tossed salad and some fresh fruit, and you’ve got a first-rate “fun food” dinner that is sure to please even your youngest diner!

So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs” (John 21:15).

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