Homemade pizza is easy to make and there are many different varieties that anyone with an oven and some basic ingredients can do.
I love to eat, and I love to cook, so I want to instill this love of food in my children. Since they are very picky eaters, finding things to cook for them, and with them, is always a challenge, but for kids, pizza is universal. There are so many different kinds of pizzas that you can make at home, with some basic ingredients, and it is a great way to get the family together for cooking and keep them together for eating.
Homemade Pizza Ingredients
You can make just about any kind of pizza that you can imagine. There is no special equipment or ingredients needed, just imagination and a kitchen. When I make pizza at home with my children, we usually go to the local pizzeria and buy dough directly. The dough only costs 3 dollars at my local pizzeria, and it is the size of a large pie when stretched out. If you do not have a local pizzeria, many grocery stores sell fresh or frozen pizza dough, and there are “pre-made” pizza doughs that are already cooked, all you need is to put the ingredients on it and bake. In a pinch, large flat pitas or even english muffins will suffice.
Sauce And Cheese
The classic pizza is made with Marinara Sauce and Mozzarella Cheese, both of which can be purchased in any grocery store. When you are at the grocery store, look around the pasta sauce aisle or section, there are many different and unique varieties of sauce, ranging from garden vegetable to basil to roasted garlic. Any of these sauces taste great on a pizza, it does not have to be marinara sauce. If you are making a classic pizza, its best to get shredded mozzarella, since it is easier to spread out. You can use just about any kind of cheese out there, and each one has a different texture and taste when baked. If you want to try and do something different, you can use pesto or even alfredo sauce instead of marinara.
The standard toppings for most pizzas are pepperoni, sausage, onion, pepper, meatball, and mushrooms, but anything that you can think of that might go well on a pizza is worth a try. I have made pizzas with broccoli, chicken, pineapple, roasted garlic, seafood, bacon, cauliflower, beans, eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, even lobster or crabmeat. The choice is yours, and if you are making the pizza with your children, you can arrange the toppings in fun shapes, like smiley faces, hearts, or anything that might make them smile. Cooking with your family should be all about fun, and pizza is an easy way to make it fun, and enjoyable.
My family and I have made many different kinds of pizzas, especially gourmet types of pizzas. I define gourmet pizzas as pizza that is anything but standard or classic pizza. Pesto and Ricotta with sliced fresh mozzarella and tomatoes is a personal favorite. Cooking magazines like cooking light and food network magazine have articles and recipes for pizza all the time since it is a fun and easy thing to make.
Making homemade pizza with your family is a great way to spend some quality time together, while teaching your children the value and technique of cooking…..plus, you get something great to eat when its all done.