Nothing is better than homemade pizza.
That was a lot of hyphens, so you KNOW this must be good
Now, I’ve made pizza from scratch before. I’ve used this recipe for dough twice, and it served me well both times. This time, I tried a new dough, and after nearly an hour of rising, it looked like a rock. This was not correct.
So I went back to my tried and true How Sweet Eats and used what I thought was that trusted recipe above. Oh no, no. It was this dough, which is more of a pizza-ish flatbread. So when I rolled it and stretched it out to put on the pan, it looked fine, but after cooking, it turned into a monstrously thick crust. Which was okay, because I have a good relationship with my carbs. Plus, it was whole wheat, so, you know…health food.
Do as I say, not as I do, children. Read on for what I’ve found (through the aforementioned trial and error) to be the most successful way to make homemade pizza:
Homemade Pizza with Zucchini & Shredded ‘Taters
makes 1 ~12 inch pizza
whole wheat pizza dough (If you want a thick crust, use this recipe. If you want a thinner, crispier crust, use this recipe but I advise switching the amounts of all purpose & whole wheat flour.)
~1/2 cup tomato sauce (I used store-bought)
1-2 cups shredded mozzarella
1 medium potato
1/4 cup onion, sliced thinly
2 cloves garlic (optional)
Parmesan cheese, shaved (optional)
1 tsp basil (optional)
cornmeal (optional, but sooo good)
Prepare your dough. This usually involves mixing warm water with sugar/honey, yeast, and a touch of olive oil, letting it sit for 10-15 minutes, and then mixing in the flour. Once the flour is incorporated, mold it into a ball and set it in an oiled bowl with a towel covering it in a warm place for at least 1 hour (but 1 1/2 is recommended).
While that’s going on, prep your toppings!
Shred your cheese. Prepare your tomato sauce if you’re making your own. Mince some garlic, slice those onions!
Shred your potatoes with a cheese grater. Don’t grate off part of your thumbnail
like I did. Put them in a colander with a paper towel underneath and sprinkle some salt over them. Let sit for 15-20 minutes, then wring them out. You want all the moisture out so they become crispy!
While the moisture is coming out of the potatoes, slice your zucchini lengthwise. I first sliced the zuc’ in half so this would be easier. Then put salt & pepper on the slices, along with a touch of olive oil, and grill it or roast it in the oven. Remove before it’s fully cooked, it’s going to get some more lovin’ in the oven later.
By now, your crust may be close to ready. Punch it down, then roll it out with a rolling pin, or even just with your hands. Whatever you need to do to make it fit in a pan like so:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and start layering your toppings. Put down the sauce and half the cheese. I know you see potatoes in this picture….Ignore that. They will be much crispier near the top of your pizza!
Add thinly sliced onions and minced garlic. Then, spread out the shredded potatoes and line up your zucchini. Cover with the rest of the cheese, then sprinkle with salt, pepper, basil, and Parmesan shavings if you wish.
Put in a REAL hot oven for at least 20 minutes. After that, keep an eye on it until you’ve got it at a good level of brown-ness. (this is all real scientific-like)
When the cheese and crust are starting to brown, remove and be in awe of your creation.
Then, bring it to your boyfriend at work and get the Best Girlfriend Ever trophy.
Everyone should give homemade pizza a try! It’s so much fun to make, even if you don’t make your own crust. Most supermarkets sell dough that you can mold yourself…And molding the dough is half the fun!
My roommate and I have both been known to make pizza with our boyfriends, and I can attest that it is a super cute and fun couply thing to do! It’s fun to do with friends too! Have a pizza party TOMORROW. Then tell me about it. Wait no, just invite me. OK, it’s a date.