Gluten Free

Semi-homemade pizza

I know, I know it sounds funny that I call it semi-homemade but that’s the truth. Since I did not make the pizza dough myself I don’t consider it completely homemade. I bought the pizza dough at the store and obviously all the ingredients were store bought. I just combined them to make the pizza so that’s why I’m not going to say that it’s completely homemade. It is on my list to learn how to make dough though so if anyone out there knows a good recipe feel free to shoot it over to me!

First things first if you are going to make a pizza you need a good pizza pan. Once you have that set and ready you need to make sure to spray the pan with a non-stick spray or whatever you have in your pantry to keep it from sticking. I grew up in a family that owned a pizza place back home so I am pretty good at making pizza and knowing how I like it.

Second step is obviously to make sure you have a good dough. This is the one that I purchased and it was actually really good and came out nice.pizza dough brand

Once you’ve got that settled you need to make sure to spread the dough out on the pan. Tip if you have some gluten free flour spread on your hands to prevent the dough from sticking to them while you are trying to spread it out on the pan. Also when you spread pizza dough spread it out by using the lower side of your palm where your thumbs are not your fingers. That’s just how we all were taught to do it in the restaurant. It should eventually look like this or similar depending on the thickness you want your pizza to be I used a standard 12 inch pan.

pizza dough

I don’t have a picture of it but before placing the ingredients onto the pizza it suggests you should pre-bake the crust for 4-5 minutes. I did not and it turned out just fine but you always want to make sure that you poke the dough with a fork to prevent the dough from bubbling up. The holes allow the dough to breathe.

pizza ingredients
These are the ingredients I used, Pam coconut cooking spray, Kraft 5-cheese italian blend, ragu pizza sauce (gluten free), and Stop and shop pepperoni
pizza pre-baked
Pizza before it goes in the oven. In our restaurant we always spread the sauce to the very edge of the pizza to give it that extra crunch.

Once you have it prepared stick in the oven for 15 minutes if you pre-baked the crust and I did it for 19 without pre-baking the crust. It turned out just fine. Now the 19 minutes of baking it did make it turn out more dark on top but I like my pizza more well done so really just time it however you like your pizza. You know how you like it. That’s it once the baking is over it’s time to enjoy your pizza!

pizza completed
This is how mine came out. I like it more done as I said so that’s why it is darker looking.

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