July 18, 2012

How to Make Homemade Frozen Pizzas

I do not keep much processed food in the house. For the most part it's expensive and unhealthy, and I like to cook anyway, so most things get made from scratch.

Frozen pizza was one of the only exceptions to this rule. Cooking on weekends (when I'd rather be doing something else) is never fun, and it's sooooo easy to just throw a pizza in the oven and call it a day.

It only occurred to me about a week ago that it was probably possible to make homemade frozen pizza. I Googled. And sure enough, it's possible.

For this mission, should you choose to accept it, you shall need 2 el-cheapo pizza baking pans. I got mine for a buck each at a dollar store. You'll use these to bake the pizza crusts on, and to store the finished pizzas nice and flat in the freezer. 


Homemade Frozen Pizzas

- Pizza dough, homemade or store-bought*
- Pizza sauce, homemade or store-bought*
- The usual suspects - grated cheese, pepperoni, pickled pigs feet, olives, whatever you like on a pizza.  Joking on the pigs feet.

* I make my own dough and sauce. If you'd like to do the same, the dough I use is similar to this one. For the sauce, I cook a few cloves of garlic in 2 tablespoons olive oil until fragrant, add 2 tablespoons tomato paste, and 1 (15 ounce) can crushed tomatoes. Add salt and pepper, and a few pinches each of thyme and oregano. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until thickened. Add fresh basil if you like. 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil 2 pizza baking pans and sprinkle them with a bit of cornmeal if ya like. It's fancy.

Divide the dough in half and smush into the baking pans. Prick the dough all over with a fork to keep it from rising too high. Place in oven, bake 8-10 minutes to just cook the dough through. Set aside until completely cool. 




Top each pizza with the desired amount of sauce - go easy on the sauce! If you use too much, the crust will be soggy after it's baked. Leave a 1 inch border around the edge. Top with cheese and other toppings. For these, I used pepperoni, mushrooms, and thinly sliced onion.




Leave the pizzas on the pans and wrap the whole shebang in several layers of plastic wrap. Store in the freezer.

To cook, bake in a 425 degree F oven for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and starting to brown on the edges. (How long you bake the pizza will depend on how long you preheated the oven, how may toppings there are, etc. But 20 minutes is a good starting point.)


Deeeeeelicious.


6 comments:

  1. we have a (homemade)pizza night every week...minus in the summer months. I have never made frozen pizza...it makes sense! thanks!

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  2. I have never thought of making homemade pizza yourself. What a brilliant idea! I'll be sure to try it out and feature it on my blog and refer back to you. Thank you for sharing! :)

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    1. Thanks! Let me know how it turns out!

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  3. I had to feature this article on my blog's FB page -- awesome description and LOVE the metal pan idea. I tried just freezing crusts at first. However, sticking paper plates in-between the crusts resulted in a type of massacre... pieces of paper plate sticking all over the dough. It makes me flinch when I think about it, LOL. (Sorry to get "emotional" but it's a lot of wasted time in the kitchen when massacres like that happen!)

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    1. Thanks for the feature! And I totally get the Dreaded Kitchen Meltdown Avoidance Measures. I get cranky as hell when I screw up and waste ingredients.

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    2. Dreaded Kitchen Meltdown Avoidance Measures:
      I can't figure out if that's a better title for a reality Food Network show or an e-book...? Perhaps it'd be better turned into a book, turned into a TV series, ala the likes of The Walking Dead on AMC. (Can you tell the finale was last weekend? I have to quit bringing it up. Well, at least gimme this week, I s'pose...)

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