Friday, January 28, 2011

Smitten Over Our Oh So Yummy Pizza Party

The weekend before last John and I spent our Saturday night making our very first homemade pizza. Or as I like to put it -- we had a PIZZA PARTY! I love how in elementary school (or probably junior high/high school too) when the school provides pizza for a class it's not just "a lunch involving pizza" but a PIZZA PARTY! All you need is pizza to make it a party! Kids never say they're having a "spaghetti party" or "sloppy joe party" or whatever. It's a PIZZA PARTY! No ifs, ands, buts or substitutions!

I was inspired to make homemade pizza crust after reading this post on Food Lush. John and I had previously made pizza at home years ago with a Boboli pizza crust but that doesn't really count. John wasn't too pumped about the pizza-from-scratch idea at first, suggesting that we instead get a Boboli crust or simply call our favorite pizza place. I kinda got where he was coming from in that Me N' Eds pizza is so dang good. And they've got a $10 large pizza special going on ... So easy, so delicious. Just give them a call -- and 20 minutes  & 10 bucks later a fresh, yummy pizza can be yours. It's just that simple!

BUT -- like the saying goes, good things come to those who wait. Our first try at homemade pizza turned out to be a delicious success & was totally worth the extra effort!

We used Smitten Kitchen's wine & honey pizza dough recipe (an update to her "really simple pizza dough"). Since we were going the homemade route I figured we should go all the way and make our own sauce too. We used  Smitten Kitchen's "moderately easy tomato sauce recipe" -- and I'm so glad we did! 

Click here for the Smitten Kitchen recipes we used. Because John and I like lots of pizza (and leftovers) we doubled the recipe for the dough and made one and a half recipes of the sauce.

Here's what you'll need to make the dough: warm water, white wine, active dry yeast, honey, salt, olive oil, flour, cornmeal & basil. If you're making homemade pizza sauce you'll need: olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, white wine, sugar & salt. Don't forget mozzarella & toppings! And ranch for dipping!

While we waited for the dough to rise we made the sauce.  Note to self -- next time start cooking WAY earlier. Yes, the clock on the oven says 9:36 p.m. John wanted me to use a different picture so you guys wouldn't see what horrible night owls we are, but I keep it real, yo!

After waiting about an hour & 20 minutes, we thankfully discovered the yeast had done its magic and the dough has risen. Huzzah! Time to roll that baby out. If you can't find your rolling pin, improvise with a bottle of wine.

Oh, hi. I was there too, along with my greasy hair, sports bras & wooden spoon! CUTE, huh?!

 Spread the sauce on!

Add mozzarella & toppings of your choice. Our pizza featured olives, pineapple, tomatoes & red onions. 

Ready to pop into the oven! 

10 minutes later ... Done!  

Don't forget the freshly grated Parmesan!

Soooo yummy! And we were so happy we had leftovers for the next night! 


John and I loved our pizza so much we're going to make it again this weekend! I can't wait!

Have you made homemade pizza before? Leave a comment and tell me your go-to toppings for your favorite pizza!


Tristan said...

that looks amazing..sooo yummy!!

my hubs can no longer have pizza :( no fun.

Alyssa said...

Wow I am super impressed that you not only made the dough, but the sauce too!! We've made quite a few homemade pizzas, but I've never done or wanted to do the sauce, haha. Maybe we'll try it next time!

One time Steph & Cale came over and we made two different pizzas, we called them our "guy" and "girl" pizzas. The guys' was full of meat and manly ingredients and ours had stuff like olives and artichoke hearts :)

Hillary said...

your pizza looks seriously yumnmy! I love making homemade pizza. I usually do green peppers, pineapple, goat cheese, and caramelized onions on mine.

Trysha said...

Oh that looks so yummy!
I love hawaiian pizza. or even better, bbq hawaiian pizza with bbq sauce instead of marinara, lots of pineapple and red onion. i'm hungry

Sarah said...

That looks delish!
I love pizza parties, what's funny is that Jon and I only make home made pizza on Friday or Sat night. it doesn't seem nearly as fun on a week day does it?

Lauryn said...

I loooove homemade pizza! It's so much healthier than take out. This one looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

oomph. said...

this looks so yummy! i'm always hesitant to make my own because of the making-your-own-dough/crust part...but i guess if you someone to help it makes it easier!

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