My family LOVES homemade pizza, however sometimes I just don't have the time to make everything from scratch. So a great alternative, which also allows for the kids to get involved, is making individual pizzas using pre-made dough, sauce, etc.
So, here is a super easy and fun dinner my kids like to make.
All you need is....
Pizza Dough - Pillsbury refrigerated pizza crust (it comes in those long cans/tubes) *If they don't have the "pizza crust" I have also used their crescent rolls for the crust
Pizza Sauce - The sauce that comes in a squeeze bottle makes it really easy for the kids to put on the crust and you can refrigerate the leftovers
Shredded Cheese &
Any additional toppings you like (pepperoni, mushrooms, etc.)
How to Prepare:
- Preheat Oven according to the directions on the dough can
- Open the can of crust and roll out onto a cookie sheet
- Let it rest for about 5 minutes or so, to get the chill out of the dough
- Cut the dough in half, if you want to make personal pizzas or leave whole
- Stretch the dough out as far as you can; use your hands or a rolling pin *The dough will bounce back if it is still too cold
- Continue to stretch dough until it is at the desired size
- Bake for 5 min. center rack in preheated oven
- Remove pizza; Add sauce, cheese and any additional toppings *This is where the kids come in and make their own personal pizzas
- Put pizza back in the oven for approx. 5 more minutes; or until cheese is melted. *If it is taking longer than 5 minutes, use a spatula to lift them off the pan and peek under them; you don't want to burn the crust.
- When finished, take out and let cool for a few minutes before cutting.
Pita's work really well too as a crust. I have a Racheal Ray book that I use from time to time as well and we make mini mexican pizza's you use refried beans as the sause on the pita then put whatever you want on it. We ususally do pepperoni and cheese and its actually really good. I like to put jalapeno's on it too but thats me I like hot food. Its super easy you just put them together cook it for 15 minutes on 350 and its done.
You just need to pick something that sounds good and go for it! Julia Child was in her 30's when she learned how to cook. It might be difficult, but make one new recipe a day. I really love chefs like Sandra Lee for easy, convenient recipes. You could also try food blogs. I would stay away from any HUGE cooking websites (Food Network, Epicurious) because they can be so overwhelming!
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