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Emeril's Make-Your-Own PizzasSomething special happens when you cook with your kids: They learn a valuable life skill and experience how much fun making meals together can be. Homemade pizza is one of our favorites -- we love getting up to our elbows in flour and finding a variety of toppings in the refrigerator. The possibilities are endless!
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting and rolling
  • 1 pound pizza dough, thawed if frozen and divided into 4 pieces
  • 1 cup prepared tomato sauce (from an 8-ounce jar)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella (4 ounces)
  • 1 small bell pepper (any color), diced
  • 2 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 pound Italian chicken or pork sausage, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 ounces sliced pepperoni
  • 1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan (about 1 ounce), plus more for serving
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves and torn fresh basil leaves, for serving
servings:4
  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. Lightly dust work surface, rolling pin, and two large baking sheets with flour. Roll each dough piece into an 8-inch round and transfer to sheets.
  2. Divide tomato sauce and mozzarella among dough rounds. Top with bell pepper, mushrooms, sausage, pepperoni, and Parmesan, as desired.
  3. Bake until cheese is bubbling and crusts are crisp and golden brown, about 18 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Let pizzas cool 5 minutes and then sprinkle with herbs and more Parmesan, if desired, before serving.
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Emeril's Make-Your-Own Pizzas

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Something special happens when you cook with your kids: They learn a valuable life skill and experience how much fun making meals together can be. Homemade pizza is one of our favorites -- we love getting up to our elbows in flour and finding a variety of toppings in the refrigerator. The possibilities are endless!
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Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour, for dusting and rolling
  • 1 pound pizza dough, thawed if frozen and divided into 4 pieces
  • 1 cup prepared tomato sauce (from an 8-ounce jar)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella (4 ounces)
  • 1 small bell pepper (any color), diced
  • 2 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 pound Italian chicken or pork sausage, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 ounces sliced pepperoni
  • 1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan (about 1 ounce), plus more for serving
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves and torn fresh basil leaves, for serving

Directions

  1. 1Preheat oven to 500 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. Lightly dust work surface, rolling pin, and two large baking sheets with flour. Roll each dough piece into an 8-inch round and transfer to sheets.
  2. 2Divide tomato sauce and mozzarella among dough rounds. Top with bell pepper, mushrooms, sausage, pepperoni, and Parmesan, as desired.
  3. 3Bake until cheese is bubbling and crusts are crisp and golden brown, about 18 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Let pizzas cool 5 minutes and then sprinkle with herbs and more Parmesan, if desired, before serving.

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  • not impressed

    star22

    If you live close to a Trader Joe's, here's a simple recipe.

    Trader Joe's pizza dough whole wheat (trust me, you can't tell that it is healthy)

    Trader Joe's tomato basil marinara sauce

    Trader Joe's light shredded mozza cheese

    Trader Joe's shredded parmesan cheese

    1 Japanese/Asian eggplant (6" 1 1/2" thick, if smaller, get two) (if use American eggplant, slice it in half)

    balsamic vinegar

    olive oil

    ground black pepper

    some all purpose flour

    1 9" round baking pan

    a rolling pin and a surface to roll dough

    Direction:

    Pre-heat oven at high (450)

    Clean and slice the eggplace in thin slices

    put the sliced eggplant in a mixed bowl and add 2 table spoons of balsamic vinegar, 2 table spoons of olive oil, and some ground black pepper

    mix well (make sure each slice is marinated)

    cut dough in half (enough to make 2 9" pizzas)

    1 table spoon of flour on the board and put the dough on

    sprinkle more on the dough and start rolling it slightly larger than 9" (use the baking pan to gauge)

    Put it into the pan

    Put 3 generous table spoons of marinara sauce on the surface and spread it all over (you can make about 5 pizzas for one jar of sauce)

    Sprinkle light mozza cheese all over (you can make about 4 pizzas from 1 bag)

    Put marinated eggplant slices on (not toss but arrange it in rounds for even baking)

    Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top (you can make about 4 pizzas from 1 bag of it)

    Put the baking pan in the over and bake for 30 minutes if you use the big oven (like for turkey), 40 minutes if you use a counter top oven.

    You can also put the baking pan in the freezer for a frozen pizza. Just make sure you sprinkle flour on the pan before putting the flattened dough on so that the frozen pizza can be easily lifted.

    Other ingredient: sliced mushroom, sliced bell pepper, chopped onion, fresh aragula, fresh basil, feta cheese, goat cheese, left over bacon...anything you can think of. The veggies can be marinated the same way as the eggplant to give it more flavor.

    No need to add salt. The salt in the marinara sauce is enough.
  • no frozen pizza dough for me

    star11

    I use flour tortillas when making my pizza. the crust is crunch and it is easy. Have even made pizzas using corn tortillas.
  • Make your own pissa!

    star11

    Can you give directions on how to make your own pizza dough, dang!
  • Not really a recipe, is it?

    star11

    I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this wasn't it. Rather than a recipe , it reads more like a set of assembly insttuctions. Frozen dough, jarred sauce, precooked sausage... I don't need Emeril Lagasse for that. They'll have baking instructions on the dough package.
  • Emeril's make your own pizzas

    star11

    Oh! Come on Emeril! Frozen pizza dough from a famous chef? Shame on you. No wqnder this younger generation dosn't know how to cook.

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