For a while now, we knew we wanted to make our own homemade pizzas, and were just looking for the right occasion to do it. Along with celebrating my birthday, a friends raise and their job, and the Summer, it’s always fun to cook at home. And it’s always more fun with friends.
We each picked out the proper ingredients like cheese, sauce, oils, and toppings. It can get exciting but can also be pressure packed to make a good pie.
As I was reminded, it’s always better to keep it simple. It’s also good to be creative. Most importantly, it’s about having fun and learning from mistakes and experience along the way. As I learned here, less is always more.
Here are the results of round one :
Mine was a pesto base with cheese, mushrooms, olives, peppers, onions, and sun-dried tomatoes. This was an adventure and maybe not the best one. The ingredients were fine but the whole didn’t equal the sum of its parts. The tomatoes didn’t need to be included and I picked those off the pie and ate them on their own. I think a pesto base is great. I adore pesto. But just didn’t work here. I was able to finish it, but it was a minor struggle.
My friends kept is simple for their first entries.
A basic cheese was made with pizza oil, and the results were better. This was in the similar style to a white pizza. You can see the cheese baked in the dough like a professional would make. I got to try a piece and thought it was fantastic.
The final creation for the first go around was a tomato sauce base with cheese, peppers, onions, and chopped pepperoni. This turned out very well, as this was also kept simple. The pepperoni pieces were a great add-on, as you’ll read about in our second set of masterpieces.
For round two, it was a combination of being creative and keeping it simple. I chose the latter.
I learned quickly from my first undertaking to get back to basics. This time I used tomato sauce, cheese, pepperoni, and fresh basil for my pie. The basil was growing by the kitchen window, and was found upon instinctively while we were making our meals. I was happy with how mine was looking, but the basil really put it over the top. After mine came out of the oven, I was pleased. The shape of both of my personal pizzas weren’t the best, but that will be learned with experience, patience, and repetition. But overall I was heartened with mine.
One of my pizza pals had a similar pie for theirs except no pepperoni. And he put the cheese on first, then the sauce (and a lot of it), and basil. He was happy with that one.
And finally, my other fellow pizza pal turned hers into a calzone. How cool is that? This is a perfect case of knowing to be creative, but to also keep it simple and yummy. She was pleased with hers as well.
We will be doing this again, either to celebrate, or for no reason at all. It’s good to change it up a bit, and see if our meals can measure up to the outside pizzerias. I was happy with this and can’t wait to do it again!
Keeping it simple, fundamental, and then taking the right chances is the way to go.
Have a great day!