I have been searching for new fun recipes to try out so that I don't fall into a cooking rut - I know I can't be the only one who feels like I cook the same 10 meals ALL THE TIME- and then it hit me, pizza! Pizza, of any kind, is always a favorite in my house so I was excited to be able to make one with all my mine and Bret's favorite toppings. Plus, it's actually pretty fun to create your own little Italian treat (easy at-home date night)!
With this particular pizza, I didn't have any rhyme or reason with the toppings we chose so feel free to change it up a bit for your taste!
I started with the crust so it could have time to bake a little before I added the sauce and toppings, this is where the "semi homemade" comes into play. I cheated and bought a store bought crust which turned out to be really tasty! I had never used a pre made crust before so I figured I couldn't go wrong with Pillsbury, right?
The rest is simple, just roll out and shape the dough to fit your pan (I floured my pizza pan first to prevent sticking) and bake at 400 degrees for 6 minutes, or until it is golden brown like the picture below. Also, I coated the dough with a thin layer of Extra Virgin Olive Oil before baking it to give it a little crisp and prevent the dough from being undercooked under the pile of toppings!
I put the pizza back in the oven for 9 minutes, the package says 8-10 minutes but I like my crust a little on the crispy side. As always, this can also be altered for your preference. Once you pop it in the oven just wait for your timer to ding and - Voila!
As one of my favorite southerners always says...
Love and best dishes, from my kitchen to yours!"