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How to Make Perfect Pizza

Learn How to Make Perfect Pizza at home! Pizza is so versatile and not difficult to make once you understand the basics! Follow along for all the tips and tricks and a whole lot of pizza recipes to get you going!

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How to Make Perfect Pizza

The Basics For Making Pizza

Learn how to make homemade Pizza Dough with ease and how to top your base with a great PIzza Sauce. Check out these posts to learn everything you need to be on your way to perfect pizza every single time!

Pizza Dough

Every great pizza starts with a great base.  Without that perfect crust, it's just not a great pizza. It isn't complicated, distressing, or difficult.  Just take a little patience, time and a whole lot of love!  Find out how to make Pizza Dough!
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Easy No Cook Pizza Sauce

In just 5 minutes and with minimal ingredients you can make this Easy No Cook Pizza Sauce! A rich tomato sauce that's delicious on homemade pizza and in Calzones!
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Homemade Marinara Sauce

You can’t beat the richness and taste of Homemade Marinara Sauce. This is a sauce I’ve been making for two decades, it’s highly versatile and easy to store. Made using canned tomatoes, tomato paste, onions, olive oil, a few herbs along with salt and pepper, it’s stuff you’ll probably have on hand.
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jars of homemade Marinara Sauce

Tips for Making The Best Pizza

You can make the best Pizza Dough and Pizza Sauce in the world, but if you don’t have the right tools for the job, you just might not get that pizza perfection. Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Parchment Paper – Use parchment paper to make your pizza on. This way you will easily be able to slide the pizza into the oven.
  • Pizza Board – The pizza board is used to slide the pizza into the oven onto the cast iron plate. It will just come off really easy doing it this way.
  • Heavy hot plate (I use cast iron) – It’s crucial to have a very hot surface to cook your pizza on. Without a hot surface the pizza won’t get the crisp base. Ideally, use the best quality and heaviest baking surface you have. You can use a pizza stone, baking steel or a cast iron slab like I use here. Preheat in the oven about 40 minutes before baking your pizza.
  • Use a very hot oven – When making Thin Crust Pizzas, preheat your oven to the hottest setting. If you are cooking a thicker crust pizza like the Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza, set the oven to 425 degrees f/220 degrees c.
  • Place the rack at the lowest setting – To ensure a well cooked and crispy base on a pizza, place the oven rack at the lowest setting.

Pizza Recipes Worth Making

Here’s more than 10 pizza recipes to get your started to making you pizza at home. From Grilled Pizza, Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza, Thin Crust Mediterranean Pizza and so many more!

Mushroom and Caper Pizza

Make this Mushroom and Caper Pizza for your next pizza night in! A crispy thin crust using homemade Pizza Dough with a rich tomato Marinara Sauce. Then topped with sweet caramelized onions, earthy mushrooms, tangy capers and fresh mozzarella cheese.
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Mushroom Alfredo Pizza

Why not combine your favourite Alfredo sauce with sauteed mushrooms, mozzarella cheese piled on top of a crisp pizza base! This Mushroom Alfredo Pizza just might have to go on your dinner rotation soon!
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Mushroom pizza sliced on a pizza board.

Mediterranean Thin Crust Pizza

This Mediterranean Thin Crust Pizza is a great way to enjoy pizza. Using premade pizza dough, fresh marinara sauce, roasted red peppers, black olives and spinach with mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
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Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Pizza

Time to up your pizza game. This pizza with caramelized onions and goats cheese is worthy of red wine and fine dining. Make it and love it!
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Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza

Let's face it, sometimes we just want a big greasy pizza. And the answer to that craving has got to be none other than the original Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza. Keep reading to get your best take out pizza at home!
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Loaded Vegetable Pizza

Sometimes, there is absolutely nothing better that a good home made pizza. And this Loaded Vegetable Pizza is no exception. Made with all fresh ingredients, you know it's going to be a hit!
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Arugula & Basil Grilled Pizza

I've waited a long time to try my hand at grilled pizza and there is no going back! Well, not until September at least. This Arugula & Basil Grilled Pizza is the way forward in the heat of the summer.
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Spinach & Alfredo Whole Wheat Pizza

I have found my new favourite pizza! I have never in my life thought a pizza could be a pizza without tomato sauce, and I was wrong. I made this Spinach & Alfredo Whole Wheat Pizza recently and fell in love. Take a look and try it for yourself!
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Tri Bell Pepper Mini Pizzas

Why not make these Tri Bell Pepper Mini Pizzas this weekend! A great way to entertain kids and adults alike as everyone will love this quick and easy little pizzas. Topped with Marinara Sauce, mozzarella cheese and fresh bell peppers for a delicious lunch or snack on the go.
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Mini Halloween Pizzas

Make pizza fun with these Mini Halloween Pizzas. The kids will love making these spooky pizzas using premade pizza dough, marinara sauce, cheese, olives, pepperoni and anything else you like!
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Sheet Pan Pepperoni Pizza Bites

Pizza is great for weeknight dinners, weekend get togethers and even packed lunches. This Sheet Pan Pepperoni Pizza Bites recipe is a take on my Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza and you'll love it!
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Homemade Pepperoni Calzones

These Delicious Homemade Pepperoni Calzones will have you going back for seconds Made using homemade pizza dough, marinara sauce, pepperoni and mozzarella, they are a real treat.
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Pizza Pocket Bites

These Pizza Pocket Bites are so easy the kids can make them. By using leftover Pizza Dough and Pizza Sauce, you can put these together quickly.
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Pizza pocket bites on a plate with a dipping sauce.

Recipes you Can Make with Leftover Pizza Dough

There is no end to what you can make with leftover pizza dough. You can make dinner rolls, breadsticks, Flatbread, Cinnamon Rolls and so much more!

Flatbread Pizza Dough Recipe

This Flatbread Pizza Dough Recipe is one you'll want to keep on hand. A great flatbread recipe made on the stove top using leftover pizza dough.
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Cheese Garlic Fingers

If you've never tried Cheesy Garlic Fingers, what are you waiting for? These are a classic East Coast Canadian treat.  Great served as an appetizer, a side dish or a starter.  Great however you choose to serve them.  Take a look!
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Garlic Knots

A classic pizzeria favourite, Garlic Knots. I only recently learned how to make these and was so impressed with how they turned out. Everyone in the house loved them and we'll be making them again and again!
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Cheesy Pull Apart Christmas Bread

Make this delicious and fun Cheesy Pull Apart Christmas Bread this holiday season. By using premade pizza dough, mozzarella pearls and garlic butter, this makes for a beautiful addition to a Christmas party buffet table or a dinner side dish.
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Leftover Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls

These Leftover Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls need to go on your brunch table. As much as I love my all time favourite Cinnamon Rolls, using leftover pizza dough makes life so easy.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is basic pizza dough make of?

All Pizza Dough starts with the basics of strong flour, yeast, sugar, salt, olive oil and water.

Can you freeze pizza dough?

Yes, you can successfully freeze pizza dough. Divide the pizza dough into portions and tightly wrap it in plastic wrap. It will freeze up to about three months. Allow it to defrost in the fridge and bring it to room temperature before using.

Can you make thin crust and thick crust pizza with the same dough?

Yes, you can make thin crust and thick crust with the same dough. You just roll thin crust pizza dough thinner that you would for thick crust pizza.

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By on March 8th, 2023
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