Friday Night Pizza, Veggie Style
Friday night is pizza night at our house. It hasn’t always been, but when I decided to re-vamp our meal planning to make things simpler myself, Friday night pizza made the most sense. Sadly, pizza is not one of my favorite foods. I like it enough, but to me it is always just a little too much tomato sauce and not enough good stuff. For a while I was picking up pizzas from Papa Murphy’s. I like that the ingredients are super fresh and the pizzas are made to order and then baked at home. I used to get a vegetable pizza that was perfect.
But, my goal in simplifying our meal planning was to avoid take out food as much as I could. I feed a family of 8…take out pizza adds up quickly.
However, I have a very convenient ace up my sleeve. . .does anyone remember what my New years resolution is? (And yes, I’m aware that resolutions are so 2011 and the new thing is a single word for the year…but I can’t think of a single word to replace “quit whining”, so I’m going all retro and sticking to a resolution.)
Yes, friends…over a month and a half in, and I’m still baking! I truly have to credit the no-knead Artisan style of bread I’ve been crafting. I’m super lazy…so if I had to really, truly work at baking bread every day, we would have tanked by January 3.
I’ve discovered that the same bread that I bake into free form loaves works great as pizza dough as well. Which is perfect because
I my kids lost the dasher to my bread machine pizza dough maker. A few times I resorted to buying the dough in the cans (don’t judge), but at $3 per crust, I might as well get some really tasty take out pizza!
So, I’ve been making up pizzas every Friday. The boys like pepperoni or anything without mushrooms, and I have been making a chicken bacon ranch variety. But this week…I made the best vegetable pizza ever!
I started with a whole grain crust. Then I brushed on some ranch dressing for the “sauce”. I added some generous handfuls of shredded Italian cheeses, some thinly sliced tomatoes, sliced zucchini, mushrooms (I had to settle with canned…they were on hand) and a few handfuls of spinach leaves. I topped with some cheddar and parmesan and baked at 400 until it looked delightful!
Chime in! Have you tried to replicate a favorite take out pizza at home? Were you successful? What is your favorite pizza topping combination?