It’s not delivery. And it’s not DiGiorno but it is frozen pizza.
Frozen pizzas have their appeal – they’re a cheap way to have dinner on the table in 15 minutes. They also have severe drawbacks – the toppings aren’t fresh and a lot of times, even a single slice can be a hidden sodium bomb. With some prep work on a rainy weekend afternoon, you can prepare your own frozen pizzas for those busy days when you need a cheap lunch/dinner on the table in 15 minutes.
To start, you need a good pizza dough. I like this one (yields enough for 4 8-inch pizzas) and this one (two pizzas). Then you need to decide: do I just want to have a frozen crust ready to add some fresh toppings later on or do I want to build a complete pizza with standard (aka, freezable) toppings?
Homemade Frozen Pizza
Make your own homemade frozen pizzas - a fresher and healthier option.
- 1 recipe of your favorite pizza dough (this one is my favorite)
- Pizza toppings of choice
- Prepare your pizza dough recipe through the point where you need to shape the dough. Preheat the oven to 500. Sprinkle one or two baking sheets (depending on how many pizzas you're preparing) lightly with cornmeal. Divide the pizza dough into two or four equal pieces (if using one of the recipes above). Stretch each dough round into a 7-8 inch round and place on the prepared baking pans. (I take a gallon freezer bag and lay on top of the rounds to test that they'll fit inside.) Bake the crusts for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
- To freeze the crusts naked: Place the cooled crusts on a baking sheet in the freezer. Freeze through and then place in separate gallon freezer bags. For storage, stack them horizontally or "file" vertically.
- To freeze complete pizzas: Transfer the cooled baking pans to the freezer to freeze through. Top the frozen crusts with the sauce, cheese, and freezable toppings of your choice (if you want to use fresh vegetables or other freezer-unfriendly toppings, I recommend freezing the crusts naked or only with sauce/cheese; then add your veggies before putting into the oven on the night-of). Place the baking pan back into the freezer and freeze. Once frozen through, store the pizzas in separate gallon freezer bags.
- To cook: Preheat oven to 425. Place the frozen pizza on a pan in the top 1/3 of the oven. Cook for 12-15 minutes, until toppings are bubbly and crust is golden brown.
Yields: 4 small pizzas
Estimated time: 30 minutes