Back when we lived on the Upper East Side (about 5 years ago!) , we would make our own pizza once a week (with store bought dough of course). We had the whole routine perfected and knew exactly what the pizza needed each time. Since then, it has a been a rare occasion to have a make your own pizza night and we missed it! On New Year’s Eve, we brought the recipe back. The new pizza needs some work but it’s still very delicious! It would be fun to have a make your own pizza party where everyone has their own dough and adds their favorite toppings; you could slice into little pieces to taste test them all!
For a pizza from scratch, you would ideally make your own dough. However, we don’t have time for that so we usually buy our dough at the local grocery store or pizza shop!
One package dough
Pizza Sauce (I like the Trader Joe’s tomato and basil marinara)
Cheese (we usually use a mixture of cheddar and Muenster but you can use your favorite! We’ve also done fresh mozzarella which is delicious – just make sure you place on paper towels first to dry out. Otherwise the pizza will be soggy)
- Take pizza dough out of refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. If you are using a pizza stone, keep in oven while it heats.
- Lightly coat the baking sheet with olive oil.
- SPECIAL STEP* Sprinkle sugar and cornmeal over olive oil. (It carmelizes on the bottom of the crust and it’s sooo good!)
- Put flour on hands and take dough out of bag. I like to stretch the dough with my hands but I’m sure you can roll out if you sprinkle flour on a work surface.
- Once dough is in a rectangle shape, spread on baking sheet. Try to make the crust as close to the edge of the baking sheet as possible.
- Spoon sauce onto dough.
- Sprinkle cheese over sauce.
- Add desired toppings. We love the classic cheese pizza but have also used pepperoni!
- Bake in oven for about 25 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and bottom of crust is brown (you can check by taking a spatula to the side of the pizza and lifting up). Another option is to transfer the pizza from the baking sheet to the pizza stone. This creates a crispier crust from our experience. It will a shorter cook time, around 8-10 minutes.
- Once you remove the pizza from oven, cut into pieces immediately.