Easy homemade pizza?
Sometimes when I come home after a really busy day, I crave a decent pizza. I generally have most of the ingredients in the pantry, except for the crust. Without going through the trouble of making pizza dough from scratch, is there a reasonable store bought alternative? I have seen Bobili crusts in the market, but have never tried one, and I think I have seen premade pizza dough in either (or perhaps both) the refrigerated or freezer sections of some supermarkets. Are any of these althernatives decent, or should I just phone for delivery pizza which I my area is not great?
>>in either (or perhaps both) the refrigerated or freezer sections of some supermarkets.
I've gotten both, and they were fine. An Italian deli had the dough frozen and a supermarket had them refrigerated. Posters have said that pizza places will sell their dough, although I've been too chicken to try.
I get two for a large cookie sheet sized Sicilian or my large round pizza pan. You don't want to be in a position where you have to stretch to fit. Oh, and don't forget the olive oil.
Years ago, someone told me about the neighborhood pizza joint selling dough, and now it's my standby for whenever I'm too busy to make my own. I've lived in 6 different cities and small towns since then, and I've only come across 2 places that wouldn't sell their dough, but not a single spot advertised that they did, so you definitely need to ask. My favorite place, in Carrboro, NC, not only sold their dough, but stretched it and put it on a disposable "pizza stone" for you, which worked surprisingly well in my own very hot oven. You can't beat that for $3!
I haven't done it but have been told Bertucci's will sell their dough. And, as dolores said, some local places do it, too, just ask. You can buy dough from Trader Joe's, white, whole wheat, basil something. I have done it in a long time but it was just okay. I'd pass on the Boboli if you're looking for pizza.
I don't know where you live, but Publix supermarkets sell pizza dough in their bakery department...fresh & refrigerated, not frozen. ALSO, there are some pizzerias that will sell you their fresh pizza dough..you just need to call them and ask if they sell fresh pizza dough to the public.
Personally, I think Bobili is disgusting and if you're going to try something like Pilsbury Pizza dough.... don't! I would suggest finding an Italian Deli/Grocery that sells their dough. Don't know where you live, but you can also by the premade dough at Trader Joes or Fresh and Easy.
i live in australia and we have some delicious wholemeal pita breads that are delicious topped with a bit of tomato paste cheese and vegetables in the oven but have you thought about nann bread topped with tomato cheese etc it is a delicious alternitive but not really authentic but delicious nonetheless.
re: umbushi plum
I know you say you don't want to make crust, but you might possibly reconsider if you had a super easy & quick recipe....just in case:
This recipe is from Vogue magazine, of all place (Feb 2005 issue.) It is super fast. Start it the moment you walk in the door, then while it's rising for 45 min you can do other things. Once it goes in the oven it's done in 10 minutes.
I could even eat this crust as flatbread, it's so delicious. I don't always make this with bufala mozzarella. I'll sometimes grate regular mozzarella (low-moisture part skim - the kind sold by Precious or Frigo in a ball) instead. You can experiment with sauceless (just cheese) or cheeseless - just sauce & toppings. No homemade pizza will turn out well unless you use a pizza stone. Also this recipe calls for 450 deg but I set my gas oven to 500 (as high as it'll go) and set the pizza stone on the floor of it.
1/4 c white wine
3/4 c warm water
1 pkt active dry yeast
1 T honey
1 tsp kosher salt
1 T extra-virgin olive oil
3 c all purpose flour
1 1/2 c tomato sauce
10 oz bufala mozzarella
To taste: sea salt, extra-virgin olive oil, fresh basil leaves
1. Combine wine, water, and yeast in large bowl. Stir until dissolved. Add honey, salt, and olive oil. Mix thoroughly. Add 1 c flour and make a wet paste. Add remaining flour.
2. Knead dough on a lightly floured board for 2-3 mins.
3. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and cover with towel. Let rise 45 min.
4. Form dough into 4 1/4" thick discs, 11" in diameter. Layer tomato sauce and mozzarella.
5. Bake at 450 on a pizza stone for 10-15 min, until dough is lightly browned.
6. Sprinkle with sea salt, olive oil, and basil to taste.