A family favourite takeaway option and also super easy to put together at home. I’ve included a recipe to make your own dough but this is totally optional. I know a lot of people think homemade pizzas are in the too hard basket because they can’t be bothered making a dough. It doesn’t have to be hard- you can use pre made bases (there’s heaps to choose from at the supermarket) or even wraps for a really thin crust.
Pizza night can be all about getting the kids involved, put out a selection of toppings and everyone can choose what they want.
I also serve pizza with a salad for us adults and a selection of chopped veges/fruit for the kids to choose from.
Pizza bases: makes about 3 regular pizzas.
1 teaspoon yeast
1 cup warm water
400g flour (about 2½ cups)
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
Optional extra: fresh or dried herbs e.g. rosemary, thyme, oregano.
- Add the yeast to the warm water and let it sit for 15-20 minutes to activate the yeast.
- In a large bowl mix the flour, salt, olive oil and herbs (if using) together
- Once the yeast has activated add this mix to the flour and bring together to form a dough.
- Knead for about 5-10 minutes until you have a nice formed dough.
- Place the dough in an oiled bowl so it doesn’t stick, cover and leave it in a warm place to rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour (it should double in size).
- You’re now ready to use your dough! Divide the dough up, roll and top with your favourite toppings.
- Once ready to bake, cook them at 200 ͦC for about 15 minutes or until the bases have crisped up.
- Cut into equal pieces and serve with a salad.
Any combo of toppings works well and it really is whatever you fancy (or have in the fridge). You can mix and match the following toppings: any cooked meats, cooked chicken or seafood, salami, chorizo, ham, spinach, tomato, thinly sliced capsicum, eggplant, courgette, mushrooms, cashews, almonds, blue cheese, feta, haloumi, or keep it really simple with ham, cheese and pineapple.
For the sauce for the base, you can use tomato paste, pizza sauce, pesto or any other sauces you fancy.