Pizza night is all about the easy and cheesy around here. Well, not always the cheesy - after all, pizzas made individual style can have whatever you want (or don’t want) on them. That – and the imperfection of it all – is the beauty of it!
Yield: 3-4 individual pizzas
1pound16 ounces pizza dough, homemade or store-bought
1/4cuppizza sauce of your choosingor olive oil
1/2cupfreshly grated mozzarella cheesecan also use a non-dairy cheese substitute, cashew parmesan, or nothing at all
Coarse sea saltoptional
Fresh veggies like sliced heirloom tomatoesI like those in lieu of sauce, mushrooms, green peppers, zucchini, summer squash, corn ... basically, the sky's the limit
Meat like Canadian baconproscuitto, pepperoni, or sausage
Olivesartichoke hearts, pickled peppers ... seriously, whatever you want
Fresh basilchopped fresh rosemary or other fresh herbs
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, or whatever your dough package or recipe recommends. We like to go with the highest heat possible for pizza. Oh, to dream of a wood-fired pizza oven.
Cut your dough into three or four pieces, depending on how many individual pizzas you're making. Stretch the pizza to form a circle or something close to it (the more misshapen the tastier, it's a proven fact).
If you're using sauce, spread it on now. I sometimes like to omit the sauce and brush a little olive oil on instead. For the pizza photographed, I used olive oil with some thinly sliced heirloom tomatoes. So good.
Add desired toppings, and then sprinkle with some cheese - a little or a lot, your choice! For my guy's, he likes to barely be able to see the toppings he's covering. For mine, I usually omit the cheese or add a sprinkle of non-dairy mozzarella. Our daughter likes a light sprinkle of cheese. And that's it.
Bake until golden brown on the edges and the cheese is bubbly, 5-10 minutes. Cut into slices, serve, and enjoy life!