Sunday, July 21, 2013

The frozen pizza horror!!

Frozen pizza is one of those things that you love and hate all at the same time. Its convenient but never as good as you want it to be. It is also full of unnecessary sodium and unpronounceable ingredients. Enter in the home made frozen pizza.

What? Don't worry it is way better than the store bought kind. Best part is you can top it whatever way you like. I like to load mine up with vegetables and garlic.

I just take a Sunday and make a bunch of these to stick in my freezer for those days when you really don't feel like cooking:

Pizza dough (Either store bought or homemade, I use my whole wheat recipe)
Sauce [Store bought or homemade(recipe at the end of post)]
Toppings (make sure any meats are fully cooked)
Cheese (pre-shredded or fresh mozzarella/ whatever is on sale)

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2. Divide and roll dough out into the size pizzas you want to make. (I usually opt with a small personal about 6" diameter)

3. One at a time bake dough in the over for 4-5 minutes. You just want it to start cooking. If it starts browning remove right away.

4. After you pizza dough has cooled, top the way you would a normal pizza.

5. Using cookie sheets place the uncooked pizzas in the freezer and allow them to freeze completely (about 5 hours)

6. Once frozen double wrap you pizzas in plastic wrap and seal in a zip lock bag.

7. To cook pizzas, preheat your oven to 425 degrees and cook pizzas from frozen for 15-20 minutes or until done.

8. Remove, slice, and enjoy!

Quick Pizza/ Pasta Sauce

2 coves of garlic crushed
1 tbsp olive oil
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1 can crushed tomato
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 tbsp Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp chopped or dried basil
( all these measurements are approximated adjusted to your taste and what you have)

1. In medium sauce pan, heat oil on medium heat.
2. Add garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for a minute or so. DO NOT LET THE GARLIC BROWN. It will taste horrible.
3. Add tomatoes, salt, and sugar and simmer.
4. Add cheese and basil a couple minutes before you are ready to eat.