Having my in laws as neighbors can be viewed as both positive and negative. However for us, we all like hanging out together when our schedules allow. Tonight my brother in law and sister in law came over for dinner and a movie. Originally the plan was to make individual calzones but were too hungry to attempt being creative in the kitchen. So instead, I made a big pan of pizza. Here’s how I prepared the pizza:
1 ball of pizza dough (Trader Joe’s)
1 cup of canned whole tomatoes
pinch of salt & pepper
3-4 fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon italian seasoning
shredded italian cheese blend
your choice of toppings
– italian sausage
– chopped onion
– chopped green bell pepper
Allow dough to come to room temperature before rolling out to form the crust.
I used a large stoneware bar pan, which helps make the crust perfectly crisp.
In a blender, combine tomatoes, basil and seasonings to make sauce.
Spoon sauce onto rolled out crust
Top the crust with your choice of toppings.
Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden.
(We prefer our pizzas well done!)
You can use other sauces too aside from the standard tomato sauce. Some ideas include pesto, alfredo, garlic cream, or no sauce at all!