Our FABULOUS Guest Blogger today is Diane from Doofy Dizee. She’s a FELLOW Long Island Mom and loves to save money! Diane’s brand new to the blogging world and she’s off to a really fantastic start. Doofy Dizee is all about her blog adventure to hold herself accountable for cutting costs and losing weight. Diane has graciously taken on the task of helping me bring an amazing series about Frugal Meals to all of you! (We all know by now, I’m just not meant to be in the kitchen or grocery store, I am just meant to eat.) Check her out at Doofy Dizee AFTER you read her homemade pizza post!
Ahhh, I love Pizza. It is the perfect combination of cheese, sauce, bread and goodness. However, it can be expensive, especially if we are talking about those specialty pies. My favorite way to have pizza is to make it myself!
The first component to homemade pizza is the dough. You can either buy it at your local pizzeria (it should be fairly inexpensive) or you can make your own (this is the recipe I use and love). You can even freeze dough to use later. Simply let it defrost in the fridge over night.
Preheat your oven to 400 and then let your imagination take over!
I usually roll out my pizza dough and bake it for about 5 minutes while I think about what I want to top it with. My very easy favorites are:
- “The Classic “ Tomato sauce, a bit of garlic powder and mozzarella cheese
- “The Healthy Italian” Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing, onions & peppers I sautéed in a little oil, and mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
- “3 Cheese Pizza” (to make it sound fancy) Tomato Sauce, dash of garlic powder , sprinkle of parmesan, cheddar & mozzarella cheeses.
After pre-baking my crust, I cover the dough with my toppings, throw the pizza into the oven for 12-15 minutes and voila – pizza at a fraction of the cost.
There are so many fun and easy pizzas you could try – throw leftovers on top, add pineapples and ham for a Hawaiian flair, or top with a ton of veggies for a healthy dish. In fact, the easiest way to please everyone is to divide up the dough & make personal pizzas. Yummy!
Why stop at pizza? You can make my favorite – the Ham and Cheese Almost Calzone. I roll out some dough, top with ham and cheese then pull the dough over the top of the little calzone. I add a dash of garlic powder and throw it into a 350 degree oven for 12 minutes – delicious.
Have leftover chicken cutlets? What about making your own chicken roll? All you need is some sauce, chicken cutlets & mozzarella cheese.
I have used pizza dough to make fresh bread sticks that I cover with peanut butter for the little ones at home. I even used it to make a mini-bagel for my son. I topped it with cream cheese & jelly.