How to Make a Great Homemade Pizza

When most people think about having pizza for dinner they simply reach for the phone. The next time you think about doing that, think about cooking a great homemade pizza in your home. The secret to great homemade pizza relies in three simple things, the dough, the sauce, and the method of cooking. This article will give you an introduction on how to make homemade pizza.

The base of any good pizza is in the dough. Your options for a tasteful dough range from buying it from the grocery store or simply creating your own dough from scratch. Any grocery store will have frozen dough from a number of name brands such as Pillsbury and Tiseos. Some grocery stores will also have freshly made pizza dough available. Another method for the more adventurous is to make your pizza dough from scratch at home. There are a number of great recipes to make a great pizza dough from home but all you usually will need is yeast, flour, Olive Oil, salt, sugar, and water. One of the benefits to making your dough from scratch is you can control what actually goes into the dough and not worry about a bunch of preservatives and artificial flavors that some store-bought brands may have.

The second element to any great pizza is in the sauce. As with pizza dough there is a number of good tasting sauces available at any grocery store. A personal favorite Dan Fratelli pizza sauce, which you can find at some grocery stores. Another option is to make your own pizza sauce at home. The benefit to making your sauce at home is that it gives you the chance to use fresh tomatoes in the sauce. While recipes vary greatly between different pizza sauces, the traditional sauce uses Tomato paste, garlic, and herbs.

The methods for cooking a pizza in your home oven is not as difficult as some people think it is. Buying a pizza stone and pizza peel will give you a much more authentic tasting pizza than using a metal pizza pan. Before you place your pizza stone into your oven it’s a good idea to put a layer or cornmeal on top of it to keep your pizza from sticking, the cornmeal also will add flavor to your crust. The key to cooking the pizza right, is getting it hot fast. So you are going need to pre-heat your oven with your pizza stone inside to 450 degrees. When you have all your toppings on your pizza, use the pizza peal to place your pizza on your pizza stone. In about 10 minutes the pizza crust should start turning a golden brown color and the Cheese will be bubbly and will be ready to take out of the oven. The key to keeping your Cheese from sliding off the pizza at this point is to slice it right away.

If you follow these basic guidelines, you will be able to make the right decisions before you go out and buy ingredients to create your homemade pizza.

Source by Macario Dellucci

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