Last week I posted my recipe for homemade pizza dough so this week I am posting about the pizza I made with that pizza dough. Like I mentioned in that post, I am not a huge fan of pizza but when I do eat pizza it has to be homemade. Although as I was uploading pictures for this post I realized that my “homemade” version of this pizza really isn’t a truly homemade from scratch pizza. Maybe next time I’ll actually make my own pizza sauce or attempt to make my own mozzarella cheese, but for now I’ll just use what I can get from the supermarket.
If I do make pizza I like it to have everything on it, not just pepperoni, but all the good toppings. Here’s what I used for my supreme pizza:
Caramelized onions, spinach, green pepper, mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, black olives, sausage and pizza sauce.
I had caramelized an onion the day before I made this pizza and used the leftovers. This was by far my favorite part of the pizza, it added a whole new level of decadence and I can guarantee caramelized onions will be on every future pizza I make.
I sliced up about 5 mushrooms and then sauteed them just a few minutes so they would be slightly cooked before I added them to my pizza. I wish I had added more mushrooms because whenever I bit into one it was so delicious and there just weren’t enough of them to satisfy my palate.
Roll out your pizza dough leaving the edges slightly thicker, then lay some parchment paper onto a large cookie sheet and lay the pizza dough on it. You can spray the pan if you want but I like using parchment paper because when the pizza is done I can lift the pizza out super easily and then cut it.
Start by spreading on a good amount of pizza sauce followed by a good amount of cheese. Don’t worry, you’ll add more cheese at the end.
Then begin layering on your toppings… As I was writing out this blog I realized that a few of my ingredients were different. I put pepperoni on my pizza but didn’t show that in my ingredient list, and I completely forgot to add on the spinach. I never realized that as I was making my pizza
I bought plain sausage and cooked it up with great spices like oregano and garlic then added it on top of the pizza along with half a can of roughly chopped black olives.
Add the mushrooms and caramelized onions and then sliced up large slices of green pepper and lay those on top.
On top of all those layers add more mozzarella cheese. Now your pizza is ready for baking!
Bake the pizza at 425* for about 15-20 minutes. To be honest, I forget how long I had it in my oven but I’m pretty sure it was between 15 and 20 minutes. Your oven can even be heated up more to 475* but it was trying to keep my oven as low as possible in this heat. I used to think I needed to bake my pizza at 350* but I realized that was way too low of a temperature and the reason why my crust never got quite as brown as I wanted.
I do love how versatile a pizza can be, add whatever pizza toppings you like: roasted peppers, arugula, goat cheese, artichoke hearts, pesto sauce, etc, etc. This was by far one of the better pizzas I’ve ever had in my life… go experiment and have fun!