Semi-Homemade Pepperoni Pizza
Semi-Homemade Pepperoni Pizza
Pizza has always been one of my favorites. It’s true what they say! “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” This is very true because my son loves pizza as well! I got the kiddos to help me with this recipe because they love pizza, and pizza is such a fun thing to make if you are teaching your kids how to cook. I love knowing that when I make this recipe, there will be none of the “I don’t want this!” arguments regarding what we are going to eat! Another fun idea is to serve this pizza with a mini salad bad. You can give everyone in your family a small bowl of lettuce and let them make their own yummy salad! I try to keep it simple by just laying out cheese, croutons, vegetables and a few salad dressings. These are the types of meals that I love serving to my kiddo! It allows him to use his own creativity in the kitchen. I also love to make this pizza when he has his friends over!
Pizza is kind of a big deal in our home! We normally have pizza once a week, but my favorite is this homemade pizza. I love the simplicity of this recipe. The crust is made from frozen bread dough which makes this recipe a lot easier. Although, you do still have to wait for the dough to rise. You can do this by putting the dough in the fridge overnight, and then lay the dough into a greased bowl, cover, and sit in a warm place to allow it to rise. You want the dough to double in size before you begin working with it. To take this pizza to the next level, I’ve added a thin layer of garlic butter. I like to apply this garlic butter mixture a few times while the pizza is cooking. And, once the pizza is finished cooking, I add one more layer of this buttery, garlic goodness to the pizza. I’ve been told by a few people that my pizza is the best and that I should deliver. I’m a little embarrassed to share this recipe as I feel some people may laugh when they realize that I am not spending all day in the kitchen when I made these pizzas. That’s how truly simple this recipe is! Now, you can add any toppings that you would like for this, but I thought a traditional pepperoni pizza was in order. Keep in mind when making this pizza that you don’t have to stick with just pepperoni as a topping! I’ve added toppings such as bacon, cheese steaks, peppers, and onions. Make it yours!
- 2 loaves Frozen Bread Dough
- 1 15 oz Can pizza sauce ( Our favorite is Contadina)
- 1/4 Stick butter
- 1/8 tsp. Garlic Powder
- 4 Cups Shredded Mozzarella cheese ( We like a lot!)
- Allow dough to thaw and rise according to bread dough packaging. Place half a cap full of oil on a half sheet sized cake pan. Put some oil on your hands and begin to press the dough into the pan. (Here's a little tip: If you're having trouble with this put your pan with the half-pressed dough in the oven for about 1 minute, NO LONGER, take the pan out and the dough should be a little easier to work with. I normally have to do this about 2-3 times.) Make sure to pinch dough to sides of pan so you have a nice crust. Melt butter and add 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder, mix well. Spread a thin layer of butter all over the crust on using a basting brush. ( I like the rubbery ones). Add sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. Bake pizza @ 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes basting the crust only with the butter mixture twice. A good way to test if your pizza is done is to get a spatula and gently lift the pizza. You will want to have a nice golden brown crust. When pizza is done baste one more time before cutting and serving.