How to Make Homemade Pizza That Tastes Better Than Delivery

Listen up dudes. We know each other. We’re all kind of lazy when it comes to food. But what if someone collected three different pizza recipes that we could make, in our own home, in no time at all, that not only taste great but impress ladies? Is that something you might be interested in? Click the link already, I’m starving!

I don’t know much about men. Honestly, I know the stereotype is supposed to be that you are blindingly simple, but I can’t seem to figure you out on any sort of deep level.

I have, however, found three things to be true of almost every man I’ve met:

You like beer.
You like activities where small objects fly through the air and people in uniform run around a designated space and compete to control its whereabouts.
You like pizza.

This knowledge has actually gotten me surprisingly far.

As a rule, I believe in finding what you are good at and excelling in that arena, which is why I am not going to instruct you about beer and I am definitely not going to even attempt to talk about sports.

But I do know pizza. More specifically, I know how to make it and I don’t understand why more people don’t. Fresh pizza is easy, inexpensive, and consistently popular amongst guests (ahem…and dates). Believe me, if you always have a ball of pizza dough in your fridge you will never, ever go hungry. You will also save money and impress your friends. Oh, and I know I’m not the only woman who finds kneading dough unbelievably attractive.

So get in your kitchen already. Let’s start with the dough; this recipe is enough for 2 large thin-crust pizzas or 4 smaller ones.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 packet dry active yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil plus more for the bowl
  • 1 tsp salt

Directions

Combine water, yeast and sugar and set aside in a warm place until it begins to foam (4-5 minutes). Meanwhile combine salt and flour in a bowl. Slowly stream in the yeast mixture and add the olive oil. Stir until the ingredients come together into a soft dough. Turn out on a floured surface and knead (flattening and folding the dough over and over until it becomes elastic) about 20 times. Set aside in an oiled bowl, covered with a dish towel for 20-30 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.
There. That wasn’t so hard was it?

First let’s talk about the basic elements of pizza. You need dough (you’ve got that covered already), sauce (or something similarly textured, like ricotta, as in the following recipe), and in most cases, cheese. Toppings are optional, but highly recommended. If you have a pizza stone, great. If not, a regular pizza pan (about $5 at most well-stocked grocery stores) will do just fine. Even a cookie sheet will do. Below you’ll find my favorite ways to make pizza at home, but have fun experimenting with your own combinations.

(By the way, there are many, many other cool things you can do with pizza dough.)

Salami Pizza

This is a great pizza for those who love meat on their pizza but want an air of sophistication. I like to use green heirloom tomatoes in this recipe because they contrast so beautifully with the pink salami.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 recipe pizza dough
  • 8 slices salami
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 small heirloom tomato, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp olive oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Lightly dust a pizza pan or baking sheet with flour.
Heat olive oil in medium frying pan over medium heat. Add onions and allow to caramelize, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

On a floured surface, roll pizza dough out into a 12” circle. Transfer dough to pizza pan or baking sheet.

Using a rubber spatula or butter knife, spread the ricotta over the dough, leaving about 1” edge for a crust. Spread out the salami slices evenly throughout the pizza. Scatter the caramelized onions and tomato chunks in between the salami slices. Sprinkle the whole thing with the Parmesan and a sprinkling of freshly ground pepper.

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is browned in spots.
Cut into wedges and serve.
Serves 2-4

Fig Pizza

Figs are nature’s sexiest fruit. I use fresh ones when they are in season and dried ones when they are not. Both versions are delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 recipe pizza dough
  • flour for rolling and dusting pan
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small bunch basil leaves, chopped
  • 4 fresh figs, sliced
  • 1 small white onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup fontina or mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 475 degrees F and lightly flour a baking or pizza pan.
Heat olive oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Add onion slices and allow to cook slowly, stirring infrequently, until they caramelize. This should take several minutes.
In a small bowl, combine tomatoes, garlic, basil, salt and pepper. Set aside.
Roll dough out on a floured surface into a 12” circle. Transfer to pan. Top with tomato mixture, followed by the cheese. Top with fig slices and caramelized onions.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until crust is crisp and cheese is melted and brown.
Serves 2-4.

Pesto-Goat Cheese Pizza

This recipe couldn’t be easier and it’s a great alternative to traditional tomato-based sauce pizzas.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup prepared basil pesto
  • 1 cup fresh goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 recipe pizza dough
  • Flour for dusting

Directions

Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Dust a clean, flat surface with flour. Using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough out into a 12” circle. Spread the pesto evenly over the dough, leaving a 1” border pesto-free and sprinkle the goat cheese evenly over the top of the pesto. Transfer the pizza onto a floured cookie sheet, pizza pan or a hot pizza stone. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the crust is golden-brown and the top of the pizza is browned in spots.
Serves 2-4.

Gabi Moskowitz is a San Francisco-based food writer, caterer and cooking teacher. A Santa Rosa, CA native, she has been cooking since childhood and can be found taking in the delicious offerings of Northern California’s restaurant scene—from hidden hole-in-the-wall gems to fancier fare. Read more from Gabi at BrokeassGourmet.com.

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  • http://www.jackbusch.com Jack Busch

    P.s. I made this last week and it was awesome. I think I used way too much olive oil but it made it greasier (and better, in my book). I don’t know why I’ve had such poor luck with pizza crust before, but this really worked out for me.
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  • http://www.papajohnsspecials.com/ Silvi

    Cool receipts! I like pizza, though I am a woman. But I agree, that all men like pizza, especially with beer. My husband likes pizza too, especially my homemade pizzas. I think, on this week-end I’ll surprise him and make a pizza by one of the receipts above.

  • emer@everyday-vegetarian-recipes

    I have to agree. Homemade pizza is one of the yummiest, easiest meals there is. We even manage to make it our lazy Friday night romantic dinner. Ingredients for the best, laziest and yummiest romantic Friday night dinner: homemade dough and sauce from the freezer, some easy yummy toppings, green salad, candles, red wine (yes sorry got to be red wine with pizza. even my beer loving husband agrees with me on this!) And there you go! I’m vegetarian so we do lots of great veggie pizzas. Recipes here These look good. I make a similar version which are vegan. If you omit the egg, they will still bind well because of the rice. You just need to shape them into burgers rather than putting the mixture straight into the pan. http://www.everyday-vegetarian-recipes.com/vegetable-pizza-recipe.html

  • debbey

    hello,
    I am an Indian ,i love pizza with different toppings. I make my own pizza dough at home but i donot know how to store fresh pizza dough in refrigerator or in freezer. can u please guide me about this.

  • http://Gmail kortney

    my pizza’s are always turning out really thick how can i prevent this from happening???????

  • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

    Kortney, Try rolling the dough out thinner, or using more water.

  • http://www.Milanos3.com tony

    Use more water!Let pizza dough rest for a 15 min. then put it in oven on
    450!12-15 min.Yammy!!!!!!!!!!

  • Luigi

    The Italian pizza is really too good a dish. I often eat in Naples and I wish you too could taste all the day. congratulations for your recipe is fabulous. I am a food technologist and I wrote an article where I explain one of the secrets of the most difficult to control: the rise. If you are interested in my article is http://gomestic.com/cooking/how-to-make-pizza-original-italian-recipe/ Hello everybody Luigi

  • Luigi

    The Italian pizza is really too good a dish. I often eat in Naples and I wish you too could taste all the day. congratulations for your recipe is fabulous. I am a food technologist and I wrote an article where I explain one of the secrets of the most difficult to control: the rise. If you are interested in my article is gomestic.com/cooking/how-to-make-pizza-original-italian-recipe/
    Hello everybody Luigi

  • http://www.pizzahomechef.com PizzaHomeChef

    You can combine all the dry ingredients at the beginning. If you add cooler water, the dough will take longer to rise, which will give it more subtlety and in some situations may be better timing if you’re making it a bit ahead of time.

    Also, you don’t need the sugar or olive oil.

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  • Bbbg7

    Love it Love it Love it the details and the taste!

  • Tim

    Nice, but if this is for guys, why not make a simple pepperoni pizza recipe?

  • snail roach

    I’m a guy, but i’m a women on the weekends. So I couldn’t really relate to this since I read it on a Saturday. But the pizza was delicious either way.

  • Ivana Pavita Rani

    Thankyou , This very help me ^_^