Except during the fall football season, Friday night at our house means “Pizza Night.” It’s a great weekly celebration of the weekend. We make a couple of pies, spread out a blanket, and pop in a family favorite movie or a recent find from the library. We stay up a little later, snuggle up, and relax as a family. Some nights my husband and I use this time as a way to have a “couch date,” which means no littles allowed (mostly). We talk and laugh at stuff we find on the internet. Saves on gas and babysitting.
Making your own pizza is a simple way to save some cash on dinner (no tip money needed for the delivery guy), plus you can use up some leftovers as well.
Our go-to crust recipe: adapted from Money Saving Mom (here).
1 T of active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1 tsp sugar
2 T oil
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups of flour
Dissolve yeast, sugar into warm water. Add oil to the mixture, and let rise for 10 minutes. Add salt and flour. Stir together until just mixed. Dump out the dough on a floured surface and knead for a couple of minutes (until dough is no longer sticky). Roll out the dough and place on a greased pizza pan. Add toppings and bake at 450 for 12-15 minutes, until crust is golden.
*If the dough feels stiff instead of soft while kneading it, stick it back in the bowl, cover it and let it sit in a warm place for about 20 minutes. It will soften and rise and be easier to roll to shape.
Some of our favorite flavor combinations:
Barbecue Chicken Pizza: spread out barbecue sauce, cubed cooked chicken, red onions if you like, and top with mozzarella or Monterrey Jack cheese (or both!).
Traditional Pepperoni and Cheese: I layer my red sauce, pepperonis, and a mixture of mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. My 4-year-old’s favorite.
Chicken Pesto Pizza: spread your favorite pesto (either from the jar or homemade), topped with Italian seasoned chicken or leftover grilled chicken and topped with a mixture of mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Please add some black and green olives for me – my weird family won’t let me.