Homemade Pizza!

When visiting friends, I always try to schedule one night when we can make dinner at home instead of going out to a restaurant. So my Northeastern friends and I decided to make homemade pizza with an arugula salad on the side. It was a perfect hands on meal that got everyone involved in the dinner process, and was equally delicious to eat!

Jill and Miles help roll out the dough

Fresh cherry tomatoes and mozzarella with an herb crust

Jill and Courtney getting started on the second one

Arugula salad with Mediterranean feta, cherry tomatoes, and avocado

We did this this  meal the “semi-homemade” way (for all those Sandra Lee lovers/haters). With a quick trip to Trader Joe’s we picked up the two different types of pizza dough, and the rest of the ingredients we needed. With slightly more time/effort we could have made our own dough and tomato sauce, but then again, we are college students after all.

After a quick bake in the oven at 450 degrees for about 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the crust is nice and crispy, we all sat down to a lovely dinner.

Tomato, mozzarella and mushroom pizza

Jill, Jordan, Courtney and I

The remnants

Two night later, I was invited to my friend Peter’s house out in Concord, MA for dinner. Peter and I met at Cornell last fall when we both transferred in to the ILR School. His family loves to cook, and it was such a treat to join in on their family dinner-grandma and aunt included! They are lucky enough to have a brick oven built into their kitchen!! So we decided to make (how could you guess?) homemade pizzas!

Pizza oven built into the wall

This was pizza done the real way. Dough made from scratch. Fresh tomato sauce. An assortment of mozzarella, fontina and parmesan cheeses. Thinly sliced potatoes, mushrooms, asparagus and caramelized onions. And lastly prosciutto or spicy salami. For each pizza we played around with the different toppings.

tomato sauce, spicy salami, and a sprinkling of mozzarella

Asparagus and mushroom

Thinly sliced potato, fontina cheese, caramelized onion, and prosciutto-by far the best one of the night

There must have been others, but they were eaten too quickly to snap pictures of.

the kitchen.

It was a wonderful night filled with good food, good friends, and a loving family.

Let me know how the recipe turned out for you!