Pizza Stuffed Lori

Last night I helped make homemade pizza.

Last night I helped eat homemade pizza.

Last night I went to bed suffering with a belly full of (gluteny) homemade pizza.

But really, it was damn good.

The process of homemade pizza-making can be as simple or as hard as you make it, really. In the case of Lori, I go for simple. Simple means Trader Joe’s provides you with ready-made pizza dough.

This feast-of-pizzas was needing to feed 5 hungry people (boyfriend, Lori, Mama Samaan, Oma and Opa- boyfriend’s grandparents visiting from Germany), so I opted with two regular organic pizza doughs and one organic whole wheat.

The sauce was compliments of the Boyfriend.

The sauce was pretty much this recipe, and included the following:

  • 1 (4-ounce) can tomato paste + 2 oz extra if you have another can (6 oz total)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves

Best. Sauce. Ever.

So, after preparing the sauce, gathering topping ingredients, and prepping the dough, we split the three doughs into two, totaling 6 pizzas. Enough math… let’s look at our creations…

PIZZA 1: Tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, white onions, organic apple-smoked bacon, and freshly cracked black pepper.

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PIZZA 2: Inspired by “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” on the Food Network, Yukon Gold Potato Pizza from Five Points restaurant. This pie included mozzarella cheese, THINLY sliced Yukon gold potatoes, white onions, and cracked black pepper.

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PIZZA 3: Whole wheat dough, tomato sauce, (previously) barbecued eggplant, white onions, and homemade dried tomatoes.

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PIZZA 4: Tomato saucemozzarella cheese, dried tomatoes, mushrooms, white onion, fresh jalapenos, and topped with fresh tomatoes.

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PIZZA 5: Whole wheat dough, tomato sauce, tiniest amount of mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, roasted zucchini and yellow squash, and apple-smoked bacon.

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PIZZA 6: The Classic “Margherita”- Tomato sauce, mozzarella, fresh basil leaves, fresh tomatoes, black pepper, drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Boyfriend's hand drizzling olive oil

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And then we ate… a LOT of pizza…

I’m telling you, these were literally the BEST pizzas I have ever had. Homemade is so much better tasting, cheaper, and more fun. It took about 2 hours to prepare and bake everything, though. And it was about 85 degrees outside, if not hotter. Imagine inside the house with the oven going and wine flowing…

QUESTIONS:

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Have you ever made your own pizza?



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