The thought of making home-made pizza has always intimidated me. First, it requires making one part in advance; the pizza dough. Second, I don’t do well with flour. I am not a baker. Third, the mixing and kneading of the dough messes up my kitchen to the extent that I don’t even want to begin.
I noticed, however, that Trader Joe’s has ready-made pizza dough. They offer white or wheat flour dough, and an herb spiced white flour option. They also sell pizza sauce by the jar. And shredded cheese. Before I knew it, I was taking a freshly baked pizza out of my own oven. Scrumptious!
If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s nearby, check the refrigerated section of your grocery store, or ask at your favorite pizza joint.
Once I had the dough at home, I experimented with using all of it at once, and smaller portions. It’s pretty forgiving. It can sit in the fridge for a few days, or go into the freezer. All I needed to do was apply a little flour to my hands and baking sheet, then work the dough until it was flat. I do this by hand.
I set the oven to 425, then add the sauce, and whatever toppings I have on hand. Lately, I’ve been using fresh, sliced mushrooms and green pepper. I can’t wait to try artichoke hearts, olives, and fresh tomatoes.
Topped with a four-cheese blend, or mozzarella, the pizza cooks in minutes. Fast, easy and healthy, I couldn’t be happier.