What can be better than a family pizza party? Instead of ordering pizza, make your own. Kids of all ages can help make their own pizza pies. Use these tips to make homemade pizza with your family.
Start with the base of the pizza — the crust. You have several options for making the crust. You can make it from scratch with your kids. They’ll have fun kneading the dough and watching it rise. You can also get pizza crust mixes where you add water to powder to make the dough. For an even easier option, buy a tube of premade pizza dough. You’ll find it with refrigerator biscuits.
You can also use crust options that are already baked. Pitas work well. They are the perfect size for individual pizzas. English muffins also work well. You can sometimes find individual sized prebaked pizza crusts that you can just top.
You’ll also need a variety of toppings to make the pizzas. Traditional tomato-based pizza sauces work just fine. If you want to mix it up, offer pesto sauce or Alfredo sauce for the pizzas.
Next you’ll need cheese to top the pies. Shredded mozzarella cheese is the easiest option. You can also add in some yellow cheeses for variety. If you prefer, get a ball of fresh mozzarella. Cut the ball into small pieces that you can place on top of the pizza. You can also use feta cheese or other crumbled cheeses.
Now you can have fun with the other toppings. Choose an assortment of meats and veggies to top the pizza. Popular options are sausage, ground beef, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, onions, peppers, mushrooms, olives and fresh herbs. Put each topping in its own container so they don’t get mixed up.
Making the Pizzas
You have all of your ingredients. Now you’re ready to turn your kitchen into a pizzeria. Let each child spread out her crust. Young kids might need help stretching the dough without tearing it. Let the kids add their preferred sauces and toppings. Make sure you can tell the pizzas apart. You might have each child mark her pizza with a special topping, for example.
Pop in a movie or play a board game while the pizzas cook. In a short time, you’ll have piping hot pizza custom made for each family member. No more fighting over what toppings to order when you start throwing your own family pizza parties.