I am going to share a very important part of my life: Family Night. Ever since I was very little we have always set aside Friday to do something fun as a family. Granted, it gets very loud with all twelve of us. The age range and excitement always makes for a very fun evening. 🙂 Anyways, we watch movies, play games, and for the past two years, we’ve added homemade pizza to the menu. I am convinced this is the best recipe for pizza out there. I make it with my sister, Kasey, and it is always so much fun! Another recipe I enjoy a lot, for a more rushed evening, is homemade frozen pizza. We have done this, and it works really well. Here is the link to the recipe we used.
The amazing thing about this pizza is you can have what ever toppings you feel like having! We have done taco, barbeque, meat-lovers, Alfredo, Hawaiian, and more recently, ranch chicken. Trust me, this was a total hit! I will share more on that one later….
Here is the basic recipe for the pizza crust!
Sheet Pan Pizza Crust
1-3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (divided)
5-1/4 cups warm water
3 tablespoons sugar
15 cups flour
4 tablespoons + 1-1/2 teaspoons yeast
2 tablespoons salt
Adjust oven rack to lowest position at preheat to 200 degrees. When oven
reaches 200 degrees, turn off oven.
Grease large bowl. Evenly coat four 18×13 rimmed baking sheets with 1/4 cup
oil (that would use a total of 1 cup oil).
In large mixer, combine 3/4 cup olive oil, warm
water, sugar, yeast, and salt.
Cover and let stand for 10 minutes so yeast has a chance to work.
While the mixer is running, add flour until dough pulls away and dough is
sticky and not dry.
Transfer to greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap which has been sprayed
also. Place in warm oven to rise for 30 minutes.
On lightly floured surface, divide dough into 4 pieces, and roll to a size
just a bit larger than the sheet pan.
Transfer to sheet pan, pressing dough into corners (dough is very elastic).
Let sit for about 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Using fingers, make indentation all over
dough. Sprinkle each
crust with 1 cup parmesan cheese and bake for 7-10 minutes.
Remove from oven, put on sauce and toppings. Bake 12-15 minutes (with our oven: we put two pizzas in for 9 minutes then swap and cook for another 9) or until golden.
Now, on this lovely ranch-chicken one you see above.
1 cup of Ranch Dressing
1/2 cup of Parmesan Cheese
2 large Diced Tomatoes
Cheddar/Mozzarella Cheese for topping
Chicken for topping
Top pizza with ranch and parmesan cheese. Mix them together on the pizza to make a clumpy sauce. Now, top with mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Add the tomatoes and cooked chicken.
*Note: You could easily make this vegetarian by omitting the chicken and using peppers.
Well, that’s all I have, but I hope you enjoy it! Happy Fiesta Friday!