Like most normal people, 🙂 we LOVE our pizza here at the Frugal Farmer household. Let’s just face it: pizza ROCKS! But it can also be expensive. At our favorite local pizza joint, it’s not uncommon to spend $18-$20 per pizza, and in our big family, two pizzas is the minimum we’ll eat at a sitting.
Being frugal pizza lovers though, we save the spendy pizza outings for special occasions. How then, do we supplement our crazy wild pizza cravings in the meantime? By making pizza from scratch, of course! Both frugal and fabulous, the Frugal Farmer Best Homemade Pizza Recipe will both delight your taste buds and overjoy your pocket book. Here’s how it’s done.
Step One: Make the crust. We have one of two homemade pizza crust recipes we use. When we plan in advance and have time for the dough to rise, we use Bobby Flay’s awesome pizza dough recipe. Oh yeah, baby. Nothing but the best for our family. This chewy, yet moist crust makes for a great pan-type pizza crust, and it’s yummalicious.
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For those spur-of-the-moment pizza cravings, we use this fabulous and easy (no rise time) thin crust recipe. Like the Bobby Flay recipe, it tastes great but it boasts a thinner crust and a quick prep time.
Step Two: Season the crust. Brush the crust with olive oil, then sprinkle it with garlic powder and salt to give it extra flavor. Do this before baking.
Step Three: Determine your toppings. We do two kinds of pizza on pizza nights: a pepperoni pizza, and a veggie pizza.
For the pepperoni pizza: we spread on the sauce (a simple Rinaldi brand spaghetti sauce, usually leftover from the previous night’s spaghetti dinner. More frugal. 🙂 ) . Then we add a thin layer of shredded mozzarella cheese, spread on the pepperonis, add more mozzarella, and a thin coating of Parmesan for even more cheesy goodness.
For the veggie pizza: after the olive oil and spices, we don’t add any additional sauce. Instead, we spread on a thin layer of mozzarella, add our choice of veggies (usually green peppers, red onion, fresh-diced tomato and sometimes baby spinach) add another layer of mozzarella and a thin coating of Parmesan.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Bake until the cheese and the crust are a light golden brown.
15 or 20 minutes later, it’s pizza delight. And for a fraction of the cost of quality takeout pizza. An added bonus: no nasty preservatives or chemicals.
I love me some good old-fashioned pizzeria pizza, but there’s nothing like making and enjoying a homemade ‘za with your family, and sitting down in front of the TV with a good movie. Try our best homemade pizza recipe and see what you think.
What’s your favorite restaurant dish to make at home? What’s your favorite pizza topping?