If you’re like me, today your email inbox was flooded with coupons and deals on pizza. Why? Because today is National Pizza Day. And this year it’s on a Friday, which makes it even better. I swear weekend pizza tastes better than weekday pizza.
And do you know what’s better than weekend pizza? Homemade weekend pizza. No waiting for the delivery person. No coupon codes to think about. No arguing over toppings. You make it from scratch top to bottom. Any combination of toppings you want! Extra cheese, extra meat, even anchovies (if that’s your thing).
If you’re short on time, there are pizza crust options such as:
1. Using a loaf of French bread split in half
2. Large flour tortillas or wonton wrappers if you like super thin and crispy
3. No yeast box mixes
4. Vegetable based crusts such as cauliflower or zucchini
But if you have the time, traditional pizza crust is the best. It’s about an hour but totally worth it. And it’s really not complicated, I promise. This fun hands-on project for the whole family may just become a weekend tradition for you. I hope you give it a try. Treat yourself to a Happy National Pizza Day 😊
Easy Pizza Dough
1 Tbsp dry active yeast
1 cup water, warm to 110-115 degrees
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt
3 cups flour
In the bowl of a stand mixer, sprinkle yeast over warm water and allow 5-10 minutes for yeast to bubble and activate. Add sugar, oil, salt and combine with yeast water. Add flour 1 cup at a time until fully mixed with a dough hook. Continue kneading with a dough hook for 5 minutes. Remove dough and place in a well-oiled large bowl covered with plastic wrap to rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size. Remove dough from bowl and gently deflate. Roll out dough or stretch by hand to fit a lightly greased baking sheet or pizza pan. Use half of dough for thin crust pizza or all of dough for thick crust pizza. Brush top of dough with olive oil and pizza sauce. Add cheese and desired toppings. Bake in oven at 450 degrees 12-15 minutes.
Easy Pizza Sauce
1 – 6 oz can tomato paste
1 – 8 oz can tomato sauce
1/3 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp Italian herb seasoning
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp sugar
Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate. It can be used immediately however the flavors improve after a day.