My family loves homemade pizza.
I have made several versions throughout the years, but this has to be the easiest and possibly the tastiest of them all!
The base of the pizza (in place of traditional pizza dough) is something called “Naan.” Two come in a pack and a package runs less than $3. It can be found at most mega-marts and grocery stores in the bakery bread section. I buy it, throw it in the freezer and pull it out just before making the pizza.I will provide you with a list of ingredients I use to make the tomato sauce, but you can buy store-bought pizza sauce … or use alfredo sauce if you wanna go that route. This will make 4 pizzas (using two packs of Naan) and you may have a little sauce left over.
For the sauce:
2 large tomatoes, cored and chopped into large chunks
1 large onion, peeled and roughly chopped into large chunks
1 – 2 peeled garlic cloves, roughly chopped
Place the three ingredients onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. If desired, sprinkle a pinch of dried Italian herbs on top.
Roast in 375º oven for about 10 – 12 minutes or until you hear rapid sizzling coming from your oven. It’s okay to have a little browning or “char” on the tomatoes, onions or garlic … but don’t let them burn!
Remove from oven and place into a blender or small food processor. Pulse until blended, but still a bit chunky. Taste and adjust for seasoning.
During the time the sauce ingredients are roasting, prep your toppings.
Fresh mozzarella is a MUST … as is fresh parmesan (NOT the powdery kind!) I buy the kind in the deli specialty cheese case that is labeled “shaved,” but if you have a chunk of parmesano reggiano, that’s even better! A small ball of fresh mozzarella costs about 3 – 4 dollars (found, also, in the deli cheese case). The plastic container of shaved parmesan runs about 4 dollars.
Now that we’ve covered the cheeses, let’s move on to what else you’ll top your pizza with. The options are endless. I buy large thin-sliced pepperoni from the deli department, then chop them into small pieces or shreds. I’ve used grilled or roasted veggies like, zucchini or red peppers. We use sliced, fresh mushrooms, sliced green peppers, ham, fresh spinach, fresh basil, slivered onions, crumbled Italian sausage (cooked). For an alfredo-sauced pizza, go with sliced grilled chicken on top! The possibilities are endless.
Once you have all of your toppings prepped and once your sauce has been prepared, the method is as follows:
Brush both sides of Naan with olive oil.
Place bread on a cast iron skillet or a baking tray.
Spoon a light amount of sauce on top of bread. Just place small dollops around your pizza. Too much will make for a possibly soggy “crust.”
After slicing mozzarella into thin slices, break into bits and scatter around the pizza.
Add whatever toppings you’ve prepped. Don’t be too heavy-handed. The rule with good pizza is less is often more.
Add a couple of more bits of mozzarella.
Sprinkle pizza with your shaved parmesan.
Sprinkle with a little black pepper.
Drizzle with a touch of olive oil.
Bake in 375º – 400º oven on middle rack for approximately 10 – 12 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when the cheese is bubbling and slightly beginning to brown.