Thursday, March 31, 2011


Here in the Amato household we have a weekly pizza tradition.  We love making homemade pizza!  It never comes out the same twice - which makes it awesome.  That being said, we have perfected the pizza making down to a science!

Start with Trader Joe's white flour premade pizza dough.  We've tried the wheat but never like it as much.  We typically have a few in the fridge or freezer at one time so the 1st step is defrosting a dough.  1 dough = 1 pizza.  After the pizza is thawed overnight you put in a bowl with some flour to come to room temperature.

I know this TJ's dough isn't organic - but it's our favorite (plus they don't offer an organic version!).  We typically put mostly organic toppings so it's 'semi organic'!

Roll it out into a flat dough.  Do so on a lightly floured surface.  I like the rolling pin, Tony likes the hand gravity method.  (letting gravity stretch it down as you hold it vertically)  We always go with a rectangular shape since thats what our baking sheets are. 

Note: flipping above your head is optional.  Yes my lovely husband did work at his parents pizza shop for many years.  Hey it's named after us! 

flipping optional

So once you roll the dough out to about 10"x 14", sprinkle a little cornmeal over the baking sheet and brush off excess flour on dough.  Then lay the dough on the sheet and bake for 7 minutes at 450F.  Yes.  Bake the empty pizza dough!

baked dough
Once that's ready take it out and let is sit for a few mins while you get your toppings ready.  This is where the fun starts!  Oh, forgot to mention that the dough will typically create some large pockets that puff up - just slam them down. 

We like to usually start with tomato sauce - we use what most people call 'spaghetti sauce'.  If it's in a jar & tomato based, flavored with cheese, mushrooms, bell peppers it's been a base for our pizza.  There is no need to buy special "pizza sauce" in cans. 

Then add toppings.  Options we've done and recommend include the long list:

{mozzarella, parmesan, cheddar, goat cheese, bell peppers, roasted peppers, sliced tomatoes, mini heirloom tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, fresh spinach, mushrooms, chicken, sausage, fake sausage, mango salsa, artichokes, pineapples, caramelized onions, garlic, sprouts, broccoli, olives, zucchini, asparagus, rosemary, basil, bbq sauce, black beans, corn, red pepper flakes and more!}

After you select your toppings, sprinkle the cheese last.  Then comes the secret ingredients... okay well not secret for long.  Olive Oil & Salt!  Put a little of both at the very end before it goes into the oven.  Then bake for about 12 minutes.  Depending on your oven. 

Let cool and slice - you're choice of square or triangular pieces.

an experimental (aren't they all...?) pizza with spinach artichoke dip as the base.  It was yumm!
Hey you like the dip, why not on pizza!  We put tomatoes and peppers on top with mozz.
the typical final result - a yumm fest.


  1. yah! thanks for posting this :) the pizza looks SO tasty!! xoxo jcd

  2. That all looks (and sounds) amazing!


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