Regardless of age, there's virtually no one that
doesn't appreciate a good pizza at least every once in a while.
Pizza has been referred to as a classic food
staple of college life, as well as a common meal served at casual functions like birthdays, family
reunions, and sleepover parties.
What makes pizza so appealing to so many people is
that you can get pizza in just about any variety you want.
There are even celebrity chefs that make it their
mission to add a luxury quality to pizza. Like hamburgers, pizza is more about the toppings than
the actual base.
If you're looking for something to really get you back in the
kitchen, making your own pizza is definitely a project you'll want to look into. Indeed, you will definitely find
pizza making both fun as well as challenging. Like other baking tasks, making pizza is a mixture of art as well as
If you really are serious about making pizza, there are a few
things you need to know to really pull off a great pizza that you can serve for just about any occasion.
First, you want to make sure that you have all the ingredients you
need for a good pizza in advance. For example, if you're trying to make a classic American-style pizza, you will
need to make sure that you have low moisture cheese that won't burn at high temperatures, such as mozzarella,
provolone, romano, and feta.
Note that feta is very salty, so if you're trying to keep your
sodium levels low, you may want to skip this Greek cheese completely. The sauce on a pizza is just as important,
but you don't have to be limited to a red sauce if you don't want to. While marinara sauce is something that's been
held as the standard, people have been using new sauces like pesto and melted herb butters.
Next, you will want to make sure that you focus on the dough as
well. The dough will be the foundation of the pizza that you will ultimately serve, so it pays off to focus on
building the right dough. If you're doing a basic hand tossed pizza dough, then you will need to make sure that you
master the art of mixing and kneading the dough. If you want to get the authentic homemade quality of pizza-making,
you will need to make everything by hand. However, there are stand mixers that can actually mix and knead the pizza
dough for you.
Finally, once you have the dough prepared and rolled out, you will
need to make sure that you have the right baking tools. A good pizza screen or pizza stone will ensure that your
pizza bakes evenly, if you're using a traditional oven, and not a conveyor pizza
oven. It goes without saying that you'll want to still make sure that you have your pizza toppings in
place before you actually put the pizza into the oven.
All things considered, pizza is both easy and challenging all at
the same time. If you really take the time to prepare the pizza with love and care, you'll find that you'll have no
trouble at all making a tasty pizza that your whole family will love!