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When you make homemade pizza, you can feel good about feeding it to your family. This homemade pizza with hand-tossed crust is to die for. And there are so many ways to enjoy the flavors of pizza!
Hand tossed pizza
When I make homemade pizza, I use the Pioneer Woman’s Favorite Pizza Crust Recipe. I make it exactly as she directs except I use freshly milled whole wheat flour. Pioneer woman knows what’s up!
Once you have her pizza dough made, divide it in half and get to stretching. I like to roll the dough ball out a little with a hand roller and then pick it up and stretch it. Then turn and stretch until the middle of the dough is thinner than the edges.
It takes some patience to stretch the dough without tearing it. You’ll get the hang of the hand-tossed crust in no time.
Garlic butter for pizza crust
For garlic butter sauce, melt a tablespoon of butter and add half a teaspoon of Italian seasoning and a grated clove of garlic. Mix it together and spread it on the crust with a pastry brush.
For the kid’s pizza, I use traditional pizza sauce. It takes one cup of Easy Roasted Tomato Sauce, 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning, and a clove of grated garlic. Mix together and toss it on the pizza and spread it around.
I love to make this pizza sauce with San Marzano tomatoes, but any tomatoes will work. If you have sauce tomatoes, it doesn’t take as long to cook it down but any regular tomatoes you grow are fine. If you don’t have an abundance of homegrown tomatoes, cans of tomato sauce can be made into a great pizza sauce too. San Marzano tomatoes are my favorite sauce tomatoes to grow. Yum!
Pesto makes a wonderful pizza sauce as well. Its fresh flavor will permeate your whole pizza. Here’s my recipe for Homemade Pesto Sauce without Nuts.
Any of these pizza sauces would make a wonderful dipping sauce for chicken wings, breadsticks or even the pizza itself. Give something new a try.
I’m not a big tomato sauce pizza fan, I like the other kinds of sauces and I don’t like traditional toppings like pepperoni or sausage. I like organic caramelized onions, free-range bacon, and organic mushrooms.
For my organic pizza this time, I loaded it with mushrooms and goat cheese. Then I sprinkled some mozzarella on top. I topped it with a sprinkle of sauteed onions and crispy bits of bacon. For the last topping, I sprinkled a bit of parmesan cheese.
This pizza was amazing. The best and most decadent bite of pizza I have ever tasted in my life, hands down. Talk about a decadent homemade pizza!
For the kid’s pizza, I started with san marzano tomato pizza sauce. Then I sprinkled the pizza with some dried greens that I made earlier in the summer to boost the nutritional content of the pizza.
This green powder looks like herbs and taste great, even to kids that would otherwise not eat greens. I’ve been sprinkling them in a lot of dishes to make them even healthier. I love hiding vegetables in food to increase the nutrients. This dish is on our picky eater food list too.
Next, sprinkle the pizzas with shredded mozzarella cheese. Top the homemade pizza with pepperoni. You can even use fresh mozzarella or even make your own homemade mozzarella cheese!
Bake the pizzas at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and slightly golden. And try it with a spoon of this chimichurri sauce over the top. You’ll love it!
It’s not difficult to make hand-tossed pizza crust for homemade pizza. Give it a try.
And for more pizza-flavored kid meals, check these out:
- Pepperoni Pull Apart Bread
- Pepperoni Meatball Roll Ups
- Toaster quesadillas
- Air Fryer Garlic Bread Pizza
- Easy Pepperoni pizza cups (only 4 ingredients)
- Pepperoni pizza pasta bake
- Spooky ghost pepperoni dip (is yummy even without the Halloween flair)
- Air Fryer Pizza Wontons
- Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara Sauce
- Air Fryer Pita Pizza
- Pepperoni Cream Cheese Roll Ups
- Pepperoni Pizza Rolls Recipe