When I was growing up, we had pizzas every Friday night. It was an easy supper for Mom to make and it let us all get involved in the kitchen. Mom made the dough while my brothers and I grated cheese, chopped toppings, and then put it all together. We didn’t really have a pizza recipe; we just created whatever we wanted each week. The pizzas often went into the oven loaded high with toppings—such that I see store-bought pizzas as rather skimpy.
To celebrate National Pizza Day today, here are a variety of pizza recipes for your family to try.
If you’ve never made pizzas yourself, try some of these recipes for pizza dough. If you’ve made basic pizzas, check out the fancier recipes. And if this is your favourite meal, who says it has to be limited to supper? Make it for dessert or breakfast too!
Pizza Crust Recipes
TIP: make a double batch of dough and bake one crust without toppings. Freeze it and pull it out later to make a quick pizza on a busy weeknight.
The girls also like it when I make mini pizzas and let them decorate their own.
DIY Pizza Sauce
In a pinch, I’ve also used just ketchup or salsa as sauce (depending on the pizza you’re creating). Or I spread a can of tomato paste over the dough, sprinkle on some salt, pepper, and oregano, and add the rest of the toppings.
All the Pizza You Can Eat!
Basically, your taste buds are the limit. Experiment with toppings and sauces and cheeses. In my family, the rule was “the more cheese the better.” My hubby prefers less cheese. Homemade pizzas allow you to suit everyone!
More Pizza Variations
Sweet Pizza Recipes
Another way to create a dessert pizza is to make your favourite cookie dough, then spread it out on a cookie sheet. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, depending on how thick it is (check carefully). Then slice it into triangles and serve.
Pizza for Breakfast too!
Mini Breakfast Pizzas Recipes (with English muffins)
What’s your favourite pizza recipe?