I love making my own pizza. Besides saving a lot of money, the taste and freshness goes beyond anything you can find for takeout, but there is also the possibility that only the pizza makers from my area suck. Oh well, I am definitely happy with this situation to be honest. For a long time I thought making pizza is too complicated for a non-professional, a dish better left to those that really know their stuff, but I was sorely mistaken. You don’t need to have a stone oven, though it would be nice, your regular range is more than sufficient as long as its temperature can go high enough. Normally you would need around 500° F / 260° C but all new ranges can go even higher, so if you have an old model, stick to pizza delivery or get a new one.
I am not a baker nor a professional cook, most of the stuff I do are things that I learned with my wife from magazines and internet and we struggle or stumble every now and then, but most of the time we get to make amazing things. For example, another myth when I grew up was that pizza is all about the dough, which requires higher baking knowledge and perfect ingredients to get good results, which is way far from the truth. Few years ago we gave our shot and we realized is so easy, you could probably ask your kids to make it and they would get it perfectly each time.
Anyway, start with my pizza dough recipe from here and enjoy another one of my creations and let me know what you think.
- ¼ cup mozzarella, shredded
- ½ sweet red pepper, sliced the way you want it
- ¾ lb chicken breast, fried or bbq (you can add more if you want)
- 3-4 tbsp of sweet chili sauce
- 4-6 mushrooms, sliced
- 1 oz or less of sun-dried black olives
- pinch of salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 500° F / 260° C.
- Roll out the pizza dough and don't use cornmeal (that's gross), instead drizzle a bit of olive oil then place your dough on the pan.
- Spread sweet chili sauce all over the dough then sprinkle shredded mozzarella.
- Cook your chicken the way you want it, in a pan or on bbq. If you use your grill throw the mushrooms inside as well to give them a bit of smoky flavour. Evenly spread all ingredients starting with chicken, mushrooms, olives, etc.
- Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and crust is puffy-golden (I got a bit of charring on mine but it was great).