Forget Take-Out … Thirty-Minute Pizza with Homemade Crust

Two versions of Thirty-Minute Pizza –  Thin OR Thick Crust !!

Yup – takes about 30 minutes!  You make the pizza crust, let the dough rise for 10 minutes, add your favorite pizza toppings and you’ll be eating hot, fresh, delicious homemade pizza in less time than it takes to wait for delivery!  

Having a party which includes children?  Prepare dough ahead and let each child make their own individual pizzas.  They’ll have a great time!

Here’s my Latest Thing – invite The Girls over for a night of wine & fresh pizza. Soo much fun!

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From our last party…fresh mozzarella, sauteed red peppers & onions, pepperoni and arugula   

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Meatball Version – Got leftover meatballs & sauce….?     

My Grandchildren’s Version – Each put on exactly what they wanted on their half of the pizza.  And just look at those flying hands!  

Fresh Mozzarella and Fresh Basil – The first Thirty Minute Pizza I ever made.

Follow this link to ‘Popover Pizza’ a.k.a. ‘Upside Down Pizza’, which was one of my twins sons favorites when they were young!

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For the meatball pizza I used whatever I had in the fridge; some meatballs, spaghetti sauce and various cheeses.  Once my pizza was fully ‘fitted out’, it was popped onto the lowest shelf in the oven. After 14 minutes I was happily stuffing my face with hot, delicious pizza. And, get this, I’m not usually a big pizza fan.  But I’ve been known to have three pieces of Thirty Minute Pizza.

Recently I doubled the pizza crust dough recipe, put the dough in two large resealable plastic bags and refrigerated them. Actually, I made the dough two days ahead, so on the night of the party, the dough had risen so much that the bags were near to bursting.

My plan was for each of the four ‘kiddos’ who attended the party to make their own individual pizzas.  And it worked like a charm.  I gave each child a small piece of parchment paper, a hunk of dough and some ‘pizza fixings’. The mini individual pizzas, still on the parchment paper, were placed on a cookie sheet and baked on the lowest rack of the oven for about 13 minutes. The kids had a great time making their pizzas AND they actually ate almost all of them – which was pretty unusual since they usually eat like birds..    ; o )

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Thin Crust Version – note cooking time is slightly less than Thick Crust Version !

To double the Thin Crust Version – do NOT double salt. Use 1 tsp. ..  double all other ingredients

Oven at 425F     Bake on lowest rack for 12 – 14 minutes.

Ingredients and Method          

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour   – plus a bit extra when kneading the dough
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp. quick rise (or bread machine) yeast – OR 1 packet
  • 3 Tbs olive oil    ++  I used olive oil infused with basil
  • 1/2 cup very warm water   –  120 to 130 degrees    ++  Water should feel very warm..but not quite hot.

Sauce & Toppings of Your Choice!

  • pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce or  etc.
  • meatballs, cut in half or thirds
  • pepperoni
  • cooked ground beef
  • peppers, onions etc.
  • fresh mozzarella, grated mozzarella, grated Parmesan, grated Romano etc .  OR – pepper jack cheese, grated 5-cheese Italian mix…. whatever you have
  • Don’t be afraid to try things like ham and slices of canned pineapple etc. YUMMY!
  • Or make a White Pizza with Alfredo sauce & cheese.   Or mix it up and add sliced tomatoes and fresh basil.

Method

In a good-sized bowl place 2 cups all-purpose flour, 3/4 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. sugar and 1 packet quick rise (or bread machine) yeast, which equals 2 1/4 tsp.  Mix dry ingredients with a fork.

Add 3 Tbs olive oil and 1/2 cup very warm water   –  120 to 130 degrees  ++  Water should feel very warm..but not quite hot.  Mix ingredients together with a large spoon.  Towards the end it might seem as if there’s not enough water but just keep mixing in the rest of the flour and it’ll turn in a really nice dough.  ++  Dough will be a stiff.

Sprinkle a little flour on the counter or a clean dish towel.  Knead dough for about four minutes. Dough should be nice and elastic by this time.  Place the bowl you were using over the ball of dough and let rest for 10 minutes.

++   You’re going to find this dough easy to work with.  Because the dough is warm and fresh, it won’t keep shrinking back every time you try to form the it.  

After letting dough rest, I suggest using your fingers to press dough into shape.  Add whatever toppings you wish.  Bake pizza at 425F – ON THE LOWEST SHELF OF YOUR OVEN – for 12 to 14 minutes, or until bottom is slightly browned and the crust is just a bit brown.  ++ I cook the Thin Crust pizza for about 12 minutes but ovens differ.

++  I like to use a 11 1/2 inch nonstick pizza pan with holes on the bottom because it makes a crisper crust.  You can also use a cookie sheet.  If your cookie sheet isn’t nonstick, I recommend using parchment paper – it makes it much easier to remove the cooked pizza.

Thicker Crust Version – note cooking time is slightly different !

To double the Thicker Crust Version – do NOT double salt.   Use 1 tsp. ..  double all other ingredients

Ingredients and Method          

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour   – plus a bit extra when kneading the dough
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp. quick rise (or bread machine) yeast – OR 1 packet
  • 3 Tbs olive oil    ++  I used olive oil infused with basil
  • 2/3 cup very warm water   –  120 to 130 degrees    ++  Water should feel very warm..but not quite hot.

See TOPPINGS & METHOD above

++  Bake on lowest rack of oven set at 425F – for 12 – 15 minutes.  

++ I cook the Thicker Crust pizza for 15 minutes but ovens differ.  The pizza dough should be slightly browned on the bottom and the crust will just be a bit brown.  

++  I like to use a 11 1/2 inch nonstick pizza pan with holes on the bottom because it makes a crisper crust.  You can also use a cookie sheet.  If your cookie sheet isn’t nonstick, I recommend using parchment paper – it makes it much easier to remove the cooked pizza.

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Pizza Bread Swirls – with Pepperoni, Red Peppers, Onions and Mozzarella

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Great for dinner, a snack or as appetizers!!  

The days and nights are getting colder and it’s pretty cool right now inside My Yellow Farmhouse, so I simply placed my leftover Pizza Bread Swirls in a zip-lock bag and left them on the counter.  Those of you who, like me, sometimes eat pizza for breakfast will be happy to know these were still soft and delicious the next day.

A new recipe often starts as a small nugget of an idea which percolates in your head until you think, “I’ve Got It.”  Then, as people used to say, ‘The Proof is in the Pudding’ – meaning “What does the final product taste like”?  It’s great pleasure when the final product tastes even more delicious than you had imagined!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 to 1 1/3 lb. purchased pizza dough     ++ “A Little Help from My Friends” !
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1/2 cup red pepper
  • 4 Tbs. tomato paste  ++  I use ‘Hunts’ with basil, garlic and oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasonings  ++  Oregano can be substituted but the flavor won’t be the same
  • 1 pkg. (6 oz.) sliced pepperoni  — DIVIDED – – 3/4 cup chopped — rest left in slices
  • 3 Tbs. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) Whole Milk shredded Mozzarella
  • olive oil… to brush on stuffed & rolled bread
  • chopped fresh basil leaves – about 1 Tb. —-  to sprinkle on baked Pizza Bread Swirls

 ++   “How to” photos can be found at the end of the recipe    ++

Preheat oven to 375 F       Bake for 30 – 35 minutes      Yield – 12 Pizza Bread Swirls

Use a large cookie sheet lined with parchment paper     

  Method          

  Forming the Pizza Roll 

Remove pizza dough from packaging and place in a large bowl.  Spread 1 Tbs. olive oil on top of dough.  Flip dough over.  Cover with a dish towel (tea towel) and allow dough to come to room temperature, about an hour or so if you have the time.  It’s much, much easier to roll out pizza dough when it’s more elastic and pliable.

Meanwhile prepare filling;  pour 1 Tbs. olive oil in a medium skillet. Add 1/2 cup chopped onion and 1/2 cup chopped red pepper. Cook, stirring often, until veggies are softened.  Add 1/2 tsp. Italian seasonings, 4 Tbs. tomato paste with basil, garlic & oregano and 3/4 cup chopped pepperoni.  Cook, stirring, for 4 – 5 minutes.  Set aside.

Sprinkle a bit of flour on a dish towel.  ++ I like to spread the flour around with my hands so most of the surface is covered with flour – the dough sticks less!  Roll out dough until you have a rectangle approximately 12″ wide by 14″ long.   ++ I flip the dough over about half way through the rolling process so both sides are slightly covered in flour and the dough doesn’t stick to the dish cloth.  

Divide onion/red pepper/pepperoni filling approximately in half – spread filling evenly over dough.  Place rest of pepperoni slices evenly over filling.  Sprinkle with 3 Tbs. grated Parmesan cheese and entire (8 oz.) bag shredded Mozzarella cheese.

Beginning at one of the long ends of dough, roll dough towards opposite end.  ++ The roll doesn’t have to be super tight… just tight enough to hold together when you cut it into sections.

  Cutting and Baking the Swirls

Turn roll so seam is on the bottom.  Brush with some olive oil.  Cut roll in half – then cut each half into 5 pieces, which gives you 10 pieces total.  ++  Use a sharp knife and cut slowly with a downward sawing motion.  I did a rather rotten job of cutting the swirls into equal sizes but they were fine!!   ; o )

Using a spatula – or your hands (which I do) – place swirls on a large cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake in at 375(F) for 30 – 35 minutes.  ++ To check if the swirls are done, use a fork & lift up the middle of one.  If looks cooked – they’re ready.  

Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and some chopped fresh basil.  ++ I highly recommend using some fresh basil – it really adds a whole other level of flavor     Enjoy  !!

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