Feb 28 2010
Store bought pizza dough is the perfect option for those nights when cooking an entire meal from scratch just isn’t feasible. Pizza dough purchased from your local grocery store is affordable, quick and extremely versatile. Unlike take-out, you can personalize your pizza exactly to your liking. If you’re craving vegetables, pile the on. If you’re in the mood for some protein, spicy buffalo chicken might be a nice touch. You also have free rein when it comes to choosing a cheese. Fresh mozzarella, parmesan or even goat cheese are delicious and indulgent options.
The first step when making a delicious pizza is to roll out the crust. Cover your work surface lightly with flour to prevent the dough from sticking to the surface. A cutting board, wood surface or even granite all make ideal surfaces for preparing the dough. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to the desired thinness.
Typically, preheating the oven to approximately 400-450 degrees Fahrenheit will be appropriate for optimal baking. If you have a pizza stone available you can use that, if not a regular metal baking sheet will work fine.
After rolling out the dough, you are ready to add your toppings. Place the dough on the baking sheet before you apply your toppings (it will be easier to maneuver this way). Using a pastry brush, liberally apply olive oil to the entire crust so that the crust will become crispy as it bakes. If you are sticking to a traditional pie, add the sauce first and pile the cheeses on top.
When you are done applying your toppings of choice, place the baking sheet or pizza stone into the oven and let it bake for about thirty minutes. When the crust is medium-brown and the cheese is melted, you are free to take the pizza out.
Let the pizza cool before cutting it to prevent a mess and to allow the flavors to marry. Serve and enjoy your wonderful and healthy meal!
-If you are not planning to use the dough within two days, freezing it is the best option.
-Before rolling the dough, be sure to let it come to room temperature to make it easier to work with.
-Don’t overcook your pizza! When the crust begins to brown, it’s ready!
-Using a pizza stone makes a big difference! They are relatively inexpensive and vastly improve the quality of your pizza!