Make Your Own Pizza Night: The Ultimate Guide
While the love for pizza is universal, Americans are among the crazy pizza fans. Do you know 94% of Americans order/eat pizza at least once in a month?
Fun Fact: Pizza lovers in the US alone devour 100 acres of pizza a day. That’s not all – 350 hot pizza slices satisfy the cravings of the real pizza lovers every second. This is just a glimpse of the love that Americans have for pizza. October is the official pizza month to celebrate the crispy, hot pizzas.
You are craving for a hot creamy pizza, but no pizzeria near you is delivering. You can still satisfy your craving. Wondering how? The answer is a no-brainer. If pizza makes you happy and brightens up your mood, you can have a pizza night at home with your friends who share the same love for pizza as you do.
How to Make Your Own Pizza Night
So the recipe is quite simple, and the results will be delicious and appealing. What can be more satisfying than enjoying home-made, crispy, stuffed pizza with your friends?
Make a Pizza Dough
Whenever I plan a pizza night at home, I use my regular recipe of dough, which you can see at the bottom of this article. It’s best to give your dough some time to rest so that it can rise evenly. This is why you need to make your dough first. The recipe mentioned here serves four people. So if you have more eaters like us, you can use the ingredients in double quantity than mentioned.
When we make the dough, I cut it in nine pieces of the exact size –one dough piece per person. Make sure your friends help you in the process and not sit there idle.
See the recipe of topping at the bottom of the page. The topping is the first thing that attracts a pizza lover’s attention, so make sure your pizza has a mouth-watering and tempting look.
Before start preparing the hot cheesy topping, it’s best to have all the ingredients of the topping on the slab. This way, you will never forget something to use because so many people are working together.
Or, you can make the whole topping and invite everyone, which will make less mess in your kitchen. But it will not be as fun as you will have working with your friends.
Shape Your Pizza
I had three friends working with me, and all of them went crazy while assembling the pizza. It looked as if three children were making their favorite pizza. They made different dough shapes like heart and square, to add some spice to our pizza night.
You can choose to put less topping or go wild and cover the whole dough with it. I personally love thick cheese layers and usually cover my pizza with mozzarella.
We had made our pizzas in batches because of the small oven I have. We cherished our pizza together on the dining table while chattering. Oh yes, to sweeten our taste buds, we also had ice cream. Crispy pizza with generous topping and friends’ company will make it a cherished memory.
INGREDIENTS for Your Pizza Night
- 1 and 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1tbsp yeast
- 1 cup of water (120 degrees)
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1/4 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tbsp pepper
- 1/2 tbsp salt
- 1 and 1/2 pepperoni slices
- 1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
- Take a large bowl and mix the first four elements.
- Add water and oil, and mix them well to make the dough.
- Put the dough onto a floured surface and knead it for 2 minutes.
- Put it into a bowl and cover it for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, mix the first five ingredients of the topping in a bowl.
- Now, take out the dough and make shapes you like.
- Cover the dough with topping and put pepperoni slices.
- Sprinkle mozzarella and Monterey jack, and parmesan on it.
- Add another layer of pepperoni and again put cheese on it.
- Bake it for 30 minutes on 400 degrees until it gets light brown.