Economical, crowd-pleasing, and fun-to-make, homemade pizza is a great option for dinner after a busy workday, and it's an easy way to include the kids on a fun weekend project. There are myriad choices for toppings: spicy sausage and ricotta, good old tomato, mozz, and basil, or perhaps, even some stir-fried vegetables for an interesting twist, just to name a few examples. It's not even necessary to make dough from scratch, eliminating a messy cleanup and saving time. Although if that's your heart's desire, we have some tips to offer on that as well.
Pizza can also be grilled; perfect for when you feel like taking all the cooking outdoors and leaving the kitchen untouched. Once you get the technique down, it isn't difficult and doesn't take very much time. Plus, it gives pizza a nice little char and a mouthwatering aroma.
And there's good news, too, for cooks who want to make pizza the old-fashioned way: Despite what the latest, trendy, coal-fired/wood-fired/charcoal oven-powered neighborhood pizza joint wants everyone to believe, perfectly good homemade pizza doesn't require a fancy 900-degree oven. Armed with a little basic advice, you too can make perfectly good pizza at home.
So what are you waiting for? Grab some dough, work it, spread the sauce, and pop it in the oven. Chances are, the delivery man is about to get very lonely.