As I have said many times before, life is about balance. We eat lots of salads, veggies, and lean proteins most of the time, but man do we love pizza! James and I firmly believe more is more when it comes to pizza, and I love adding lots of veggies.
You might notice, I have yet to post a dessert on here. The truth is, we don’t really eat sweets in the Burke house. Neither of us has a big sweet tooth, so part of our balance is avoiding desserts. Plus, I really don’t like to bake. Baking is more measured and scientific, and I have always felt cooking is an unrestricted expression of creativity.
When making homemade pizza, you don’t need to be a hero. Almost all grocery stores sell pre-made pizza dough either made by the grocery or made by a local Italian restaurant. You can even get pizza dough from a lot of Italian restaurants or pizzerias. The point is, it doesn’t need to take your hours to kneed dough and let it rise. The pre-made dough I bought just needed to sit out for 1-2 hours in a bowl, and then I could spread it out by hand.
What you need for this pizza:
- 1 ball of pizza dough
- 2 cups pizza sauce (you can make or buy, put to you)
- 2 balls burrata or mozzarella
- 1/4 lb pepperoni
- 1-2 jalapeños thinly sliced
- 1-2 portobello mushrooms cubed
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil for drizzle
- salt and pepper to taste
Follow the instructions on your pizza dough. Mine said allow to rise for 1-2 hours in an oiled bowl covered by a towel.
Pre-heat the oven to 450F.
Spread your pizza dough by hand or with a rolling pin on a lightly oiled baking sheet.
Cover the dough with as much sauce as you like, and then begin layering your toppings. Break up the burrata with your hands, and then layer on your meat and veggies. It is up to you how much or how little you want on your pizza.
Finally season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil.
Bake in the oven for 10-12minutes on the bottom rack (keeping an eye on your pizza the whole time).
Remove from the oven and enjoy! The best part about using all fresh, high quality ingredients is that you don’t get the greasiness of delivery pizza, and you get to put any ingredients you like on it.
This is such a easy and affordable way to customize your pizza and save on some calories you would normally eat when ordering pizza. Plus you can get your kids involved, and it is a fun family activity!