Sunday, February 6, 2011

Family Pizza Night

Photo: Matt   Food Styling: Jason

A few moms I know have Family Pizza Night every Friday night with their families.  They make delicious homemade pizza and throw in a movie to have a fun, relaxed night as a family.  I think the tradition is a great idea, and so I have jumped on the Family Pizza Night bandwagon.  Here is an enticing Pizza Margherita for you and yours to enjoy! 

Pizza Margherita

Homemade pizza dough (recipe below)                  ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
4 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced                                2 Tablespoon parmesan cheese, divided
2 Tablespoons olive oil                                            1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
½ teaspoon garlic salt                                              ½ cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves

Preheat oven to 450.  Place your pizza stone in the oven to preheat for 10 minutes.

Roll dough out into 2 round crusts.  Place onto heated pizza stones.  Spread a light layer of olive oil over both.  Bake for 5-8 minutes (depending upon oven) until lightly browned.  Remove from the oven.    

Arrange tomatoes evenly onto the pizza crusts.  Drizzle olive oil over tomatoes; then evenly sprinkle garlic salt, pepper, and 1 Tbsp. parmesan cheese over pizza.  Bake pizza for 8-10 minutes.  Keep an eye on it.  Remove from oven.

Sprinkle each pizza with mozzarella, the remaining 1 Tbsp. parmesan, and basil leaves on top of pizza.  Bake for an additional 3-5 minutes, allowing the cheese to melt. 

Note:  All ovens are different, so just be sure to keep an eye on your pizzas to make sure they don't burn.

Homemade Pizza Crust (makes 2 pizza crusts)

cups lukewarm water
1 dry active yeast packet (¼ oz.)
½ teaspoon sugar
3 cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
Olive oil

                Combine water, yeast, and sugar.  Let stand 10 minutes.  Add flour and salt.  Mix and knead for about 10 minutes.  Place in a greased bowl and cover.  Let dough rise for 30 minutes.  Roll out pizza dough into two thin crusts.  Place on heated pizza stones. 


  1. OMG, this is the best Pizza recipe ever. Janna is the best ever, I hope she becomes the president some day. Not necessarily of the United States, but maybe a homeowners association or something.

  2. Janna, I roasted 2 whole chickens with total success!!!! The family loved it! Thank you Thank you Thank you!! I then made the chicken broth, very easy & delicious! Still enjoying the leftovers. Can't wait to tackle your pizza recipe. I feel like Julie & Julia! Kara

  3. Starting this in about one hour! Assuming I stop feeling so sick :( Going to sautee some portabella for a side :) YUM!

  4. Oooohh this recipe looks so yummy! Must try this!