We make homemade pizza around here at least 2 or 3 times a month, partly because it’s so tasty, and partly because pizza can be so versatile depending on what topping you use. I always have a few balls of dough in my freezer so I always have the ingredients on hand to throw a quick pizza in the oven. Since I’ve already shared with you my favorite pizza dough and pizza sauce recipes, here is a quick step by step look at how to make a great homemade pizza at home.
To start, cut a piece of parchment paper to fit on your pizza stone. (If you don’t have a pizza stone, you can also use an upside down cookie sheet.) Set the parchment circle aside, and place the pizza stone in a cool oven. Turn you oven to 500 degrees F, and heat for 30 to 45 minutes.
While your stone heats up, prep your ingredients. I like to use freshly shredded mozzarella, as I think it tastes better and melts on the pizza better, but you can of course use pre-shredded cheese.
Make sure you pizza dough is at room temperature, as if will be easier to work with. Sprinkle some cornmeal on to your parchment circle, then using a rolling pin or your hands spread the dough evenly across the parchment paper.
USe a pastry bruch to lightly brush the edges of the dough with olive oil. Then add your sauce and spread evenly to 1/2 inch away from the edge of the dough.
Add your cheese and desired toppings.
Sprinkle the top of the cheese with Italian seasoning (if desired), then carefully transfer the pizza to the baking stone. It helps to have a pizza peel, but if you don’t have one you can simply slide your pizza off the counter onto an upside down cookie sheet, then carefully slide the pizza from the cookie sheet to the stone.
Bake at 500 degrees for 8-12 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Carefully remove from the oven and cut using a pizza cutter. Serve and enjoy!