Saturday, May 16, 2009

Homemade Pizza

Homemade Pizza is definitely one of our favourite family "make your own" dinners. Not only do we get to choose the toppings that we each individually want but we also have a lot of fun together preparing, cooking and eating the pizzas.

Definitely a great way to get the kids involved in cooking especially when it's what they want! My kids thinks it's ace to be in the kitchen, can't you tell? For more photo's of my kids in the kitchen pop over here.

We always start off with a simple pita bread base instead of pizza dough, which of course keeps it lower in fat and also thin based, as for the toppings the suggestions are endless. Toppings that we have used have varied depending on our moods at the time and range from the simple to the extravagant. And that's the beauty of making pizza at home - it's totally dependant on your taste buds at the time.

My pizza tonight consisted of a tomato salsa base, grated mozzarella cheese, mild salami, bacon, chicken, pineapple, capsicum, mushrooms, onions, grated tasty cheese, boccocini cheese slices and some chilli sprinkles - I guess a little Mexican style theme happening there.

Naturally we made four pizza's - one each.... and all very different!! Noel's in the background (mine is the front one) was a BBQ sauce base, ham, hot chilli salami, ham, prosciutto, onions, pineapple, cheese, oregano and chilli. (And his was good too.)

Toppings we have been known to use are:

  • tomato paste
  • BBQ sauce
  • tomato salsa (great for a Mexican style pizza)
  • ham
  • salami (mild and hot)
  • chicken
  • bacon
  • prawns
  • mince
  • prosciutto
  • pepperoni
  • chorizo sausage
  • prawns/shrimp
  • tasty cheese
  • mozzarella cheese
  • boccocini cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • onions
  • mushrooms
  • tomatoes
  • sun dried tomatoes
  • capsicum red and green
  • olives
  • pineapple pieces
  • baby spinach
  • artichokes
  • roasted pumpkin
  • egg
  • fresh chilli
  • fresh herbs
  • jalapenos
  • dried herbs such as crushed chilli, oregano, etc.
  • crushed garlic
  • To be totally honest with you - there is no set range of toppings you can put on a pizza. You are eating it so what ever you want goes..... right?


As you can see the kids started eating their pizzas before I could get full photo's...... I really don't mind as it shows they were ready and waiting to devour their creations..... lol!! (I can't even remember what went on theirs!)

They were definitely a hit (again) they had a large (8 slices) pizza each and there was only a couple of slices of each left for lunch the next day..... homemade is definitely better than takeaway!!


Will have to try the Big Mac Recipe soon, my friend Donna (My Tasty Treasures) posted it recently but to be perfectly honest we both owe the recipe and newfound inspiration from Chubba girl.

1 comment:

Lara said...

Every Friday night is pizza night at our house and I'm always looking out for fun new ideas to try. My kids also really love to help in the kitchen. I'll have to try some of your yummy looking ideas this Friday. :)