Can't Stand the Heat: Personal Pizza

A friend of mine told me he knew how to make pizza. If there’s anything I’ve learned through this cooking project of mine it's that if anyone says they know how to make one thing really well, have them teach you. Chances are they have perfected their own recipe and tweaked it to greatness. This is always the safer choice for beginner cooks, like me, who could take any recipe off the internet and ruin it.

We made pizza because it’s delicious and pretty easy to make. I will also be on a tight budget next year, so I chose not to make the dough myself because honestly, between classes and life, I probably won’t have enough time or money. If you want to make the dough, I put directions at the bottom.


gavel3-300x300What you need :

2 cloves of garlic

1 slice of white onion

6 basil leaves

1 tbsp of vegetable oil

1 block of mozzarella cheese

1 small glass of white wine

6 oz. can of tomato puree

1 package of pizza dough

4 oz. flour


Step 1 : Preparing the dough

When you open the package of pre made dough, lay it on a plate with flour on it. You won’t be using all the flour on the plate. Mix it on the dough so that it doesn’t stick to the pan. Essentially, you’ll know when you’re done mixing in flour when the dough no longer sticks to your hands.

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Sprinkle a little flour onto the pan and place the dough directly onto the pan. I chose to shape the dough into a rectangle, against my friend's wishes, because why not?


Step 2 : Making the sauce

Making your own sauce can be the difference between a good pizza and a great one. To make the sauce, first dice the onions, garlic and basil and cook them in a pan with a spoonful of vegetable oil. After about five minutes, the garlic and onions should look brown. Pour the small glass of white wine on top and turn the heat down half way. Once the wine starts to bubble in the pan add about 6 oz of tomato puree. Add the basil leaves into the sauce. Leave it to cook for roughly five minutes and make sure to mix it in well with the contents of the pan.

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Then, spread the sauce into the dough laid out on the pan. Now place the grated cheese on top of the sauce. I stuck with cheese this time, but if you want to add other toppings, do it now !


Step 3 : Perfect Personal Pizza

Place the pizza into the oven (preheated for 10 minutes). Leave to cook for 10-12 minutes.

This serves two people. Unless you want to cut it into a bunch of squares and have a fun party snack. Now serve the pizza and play Card Against Humanity. Oh wait, was that just us?


Step 1.5 : Making the dough from scratch

Like I said, I didn't make the dough. BUT I have friends in high places. And by high places I mean she knows how to make pizza dough because she's Italian. Here are the instructions I received.

Pour one package of yeast and one tsp of sugar into one cup of warm water. Let it stand for five minutes. Add two tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Mix one tbsp of salt and 3 cups of flour in a separate bowl. Make a small well in the flour and add the water and yeast mixture. Cover the dough with a towel and let it rise for one hour, until it's risen more than double.