Ever since we paid $25 for a lackluster large no-cheese boring basil pizza at a pizzeria last year, I have taken great joy in making my own pizzas from scratch. For $25, I make my own dough, my own sauce, decide my own toppings (and cook them the way I like), and I get to use Daiya cheese. Oh, and I can probably entertain as many people as I want within that budget. Glorious, glorious pizza.
I’ve tried only a few different pizza doughs, but Martha Stewart’s cornmeal crust is my favorite. It has a great texture and isn’t too bready. As far as toppings, pizza is a great way to clear out your fridge or pantry. This time, I used sundried tomatoes (soaked in water for about 30 min first) and fresh basil. On another pizza, I used colorful peppers, shallots, and black olives. (I always sautee peppers, onions, and mushrooms before putting them on the pizza so as not to dry them out, so be sure not to skip that step.) On another, onions, mushrooms, and olives. Any way you serve it up, they’re delicious.