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Tips For A Memorable Pizza Night

by Ethan Stone

Pizza delivery is one of the most common go-to solutions for dinner, particularly on busy nights. Many people believe that homemade pizza is a complex, difficult dish to produce and are surprised to see how easy it can be to produce a great pizza at home. Here are some tips to help you create pizzas that your whole family will love, all without the takeout menu.

Building the Best Foundation

A good pizza depends on a great foundation, which means starting with the right crust. You can make homemade crust using white flour or a mix of white and wheat. As an alternative for quick and easy dinners, check with a pizza shop whose crust you really like; many of them sell their dough upon request, but you have to ask for it, as it isn't usually listed on the menu.

Once you have your crust, stretch it gently into a flat shape using your fingers. Consider stretching it out onto a flat pan covered with a light coating of cornmeal so that you can transfer it to the pizza stone more easily. Then, once the crust is stretched, you should pop any visible air pockets with a fork. That keeps them from bubbling up too large when the crust bakes.

Topping it All Off

A great foundation needs great toppings. Start with your favorite pizza sauce, homemade or commercial. You can even use marinara sauce, if you like. Another great option is just to use fresh sliced tomatoes and a sprinkle of fresh herbs, because the tomato will soften in the oven and the herbs will add great, fresh flavor. Top the sauce with grated or thin-sliced mozzarella cheese and any of your favorite toppings.

Heating Things Up

While you're preparing your pizza, put a pizza stone on the middle rack of your oven. Preheat the oven to the highest setting if you want a crisp crust, or to 400 degrees Fahrenheit if you want a slightly softer crust. Check the pizza every couple of minutes as it bakes to look for any bubbles in the crust. Turn the pizza a quarter turn every couple of minutes as well so that it bakes evenly. When the edges of the crust are golden and the toppings are cooked through, you can pull the pizza out.

Pizza nights are a great way to bring the whole family together. If you'd rather not heat up the house, reach out to your favorite pizzeria for fresh delivery. Otherwise, these tips will help you create pizzas that the whole family will love.