Caitlin’s Kitchen: Pizza

Ryan and I observe Pizza Friday almost every Friday night to celebrate the end of the work week. It’s a fun tradition that gives us the opportunity to unwind and cook together. I joke that we seem like such ‘old people,’ as I think back on a time in my life when Friday night was the night to go out. The reality at the end of the week, however, is that we’re exhausted. Most of the time, a pizza, some wine, and a movie is the most favorable option.

When it comes to pizza, we try to mix it up. I think it’s neat that there are so many options and ingredients you can play around with. We’re pretty good about meal planning, so most of the time we are utilizing leftover meat or vegetables from the days before. Although, we do have a few ‘fan favorites’ that enter the rotation a bit more frequently.

The best dough to work with is fresh and store-bought. We’ve definitely gotten better at rolling it out since the first time we tried and we’ve picked up a few tips from people along the way. For example, my dad suggests working with the dough at room temperature. Also, my friend Nakita always pre-cooks her dough at 400 degrees before topping it. She uses cornmeal so that it doesn’t stick to the pan and nukes everything at 500 degrees for the last three to five minutes of cooking.

I’ve written out a few of our favorite pizza recipes below in hopes that they’ll inspire you to make something a little different next time you’re craving a good slice. Maybe it’d be worth making Pizza Friday a tradition in your house.

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Roll out and pre-bake your dough at 400 degrees fahrenheit for ten minutes. Allow dough to cool for a minute before topping with blue cheese dressing, blue cheese crumbles, buffalo marinated chunked chicken, chopped shallots, and scallions. Cover with mozzarella cheese and bake for ten minutes before increasing the temperature to 500 degrees fahrenheit for a final five minutes. Let cool and drizzle with buffalo sauce before serving.

Barbecue Pulled Pork Pizza

Roll out and pre-bake your dough at 400 degrees fahrenheit for ten minutes. Allow dough to cool for a minute before topping with barbeque sauce, sauteed onions, sauteed mushrooms, and pulled pork. Cover with mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with fresh, chopped basil before baking for ten minutes. Increase the temperature to 500 degrees fahrenheit for a final five minutes. Let cool and serve.

Chicken Pesto Caprese Pizza

Roll out and pre-bake your dough at 400 degrees fahrenheit for ten minutes. Allow dough to cool for a minute before topping with pesto, shredded mozzarella, and large pieces of mozzarella. Add thinly cut tomato, garlic, chopped chicken, and sprinkle with oregano. Bake for ten minutes before increasing the temperature to 500 degrees fahrenheit for a final five minutes. Let cool and drizzle with balsamic glaze before serving.

Fig and Goat Cheese Pizza

Roll out and pre-bake your dough at 400 degrees fahrenheit for ten minutes. Allow dough to cool for a minute before topping with fig spread, caramelized onions, goat cheese, and parmesan. Bake for ten minutes before increasing the temperature to 500 degrees fahrenheit for a final five minutes. Let cool and top with arugula and balsamic glaze before serving.

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  1. Barbara Eyster wrote:

    Now I’m hungry 😋

    Posted 6.9.19 Reply

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