I was recently in an Italian bakery in the next town over buying some cookies and happened to notice they also sold pizza dough. I’ve actually never made pizza at home using real pizza dough. I’ve used Pillsbury pizza dough once or twice at it’s good for what it is, but never really tasted like your local pizza joint. So I bought a big ball of some pizza dough from the bakery and decided to try it out for the first time. I wanted to make a basic pizza and keep it simple so I bought a jar of Cento San Marzano crushed tomatoes and some fresh mozzarella from my local farmer’s market.
To start, I whipped up a quick sauce using the crushed tomatoes. I prefer to use San Marzano tomatoes any time I make a red sauce, a.k.a. gravy. I started with finely dicing up a 1/4 of an onion and one large garlic clove and sauteing in some good quality extra virgin olive oil. Once that was golden and fragrant, I added the tomatoes, sea salt, garlic powder, some sugar (to help the acidity), and some fresh basil from my garden.
Once the sauce had time to develop its flavors, I started rolling out the dough. That took about three times to get it right! I’ve never worked with pizza dough before so I had some difficulty rolling it out. Once I finally got the shape and size I desired I laid it on my pizza stone and added my sauce. Next I topped it with some of the wonderful fresh mozzarella. I then added some thinly sliced red onion to half of the pizza for my husband. I topped it off with some more basil and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
I baked it in the oven at about 375 degrees for a good 25 minutes. I think it stayed in about five minutes too long. Although it was tasty, the crust was extra crispy and the cheese was a little too hard. It was very quick to make and I actually prefer it to any pizzeria around us. I’d also not use my stone next time as I think that’s what caused it to overcook too quickly. One minute it didn’t looked nearly done, two minutes later, the cheese was browning. But overall it had nice flavors and we enjoyed it!
Overall rating – 4 stars