Chris has been experimenting with homemade pizza for years. He’s tried homemade dough, store bought dough and ready-made crusts, all the while hoping to find something we’d all love. In the end, it turns out that the store bought dough turns out amazingly well if you follow some simple tricks. The Stow kids beg for this pizza once a week and they insist on it always being “Daddy’s pizza.” Don’t get me wrong, we all love Papa Gino’s now and again, but Daddy’s pizza really is the best. It also makes for some great leftovers for school lunches. We really hope you try this!
- Pre-made pizza dough (available in the grocery store refrigerator case)
- Pizza sauce. I highly recommend Casa Visco Pizza Sauce.
- Mozzarella cheese
- Olive oil
- Corn meal
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- Turn the pizza dough out onto a floured surface.
- Form the dough into a rough ball.
- Using fingertips, pat dough down into rough oval.
- Using a rolling pin or your hands, shape the dough into a large rectangle. If dough resists stretching, let it sit for a few minutes to rest.
- Prepare an 11x17 baking sheet by sprinkling lightly with cornmeal. This will prevent the dough from sticking.
- Transfer the dough onto the baking sheet and gently stretch to the corners.
- Prick dough all over with a fork to prevent bubbles.
- Pre-cook dough in oven for about 10 minutes.
- Remove baking sheet from oven and brush dough with olive oil, paying special attention to the edges.
- Add a thin layer of pizza sauce to the dough.
- Sprinkle with cheese.
- Add other toppings, if desired.
- Bake pizza for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned.
- Transfer pizza to cutting board and allow to sit for a couple of minutes before cutting.
If using fresh toppings like our favorites, spinach and mushrooms, then pre-cook them in a frying pan beforehand so the pizza doesn't get soggy during cooking.