Saucy; Homemade pizza

Posted by on December 2, 2011 at 7:54 am.

Vegetarian pizza 1 Pardon the blur on this picture. Yesterday, I snapped a few pizza shots, before putting it on the table. Perhaps I should have tweaked it in Aperture 3.

Yesterday, was the day to satisfy my craving, and soย homemade pizza(s) were on the menu.I made two; cheese and veggie with no cheese. Years ago, I stumbled upon a truly delightful cheese-less pizza. The vegetables included introduced a mild sweetness which worked wonderfully with the tangy pizza sauce. I fell in love with cheese-less pizzas, and immediately wanted to run home and try to duplicate it in my own kitchen.

Over the years, I’ve tested quite a few veggies on my cheese-less pizzas. My favorite ways to prepare them are with oven roasted vegetable; Sweet onions, oven roasted garlic, Red bell pepper, shitake mushrooms… Those vegetables work so well together, and make a pizza that’s bursting with flavor.

Pizza is normally made once per month in our household. Because I make a variety, my daughter gets to sample a lot of different pizzas, but I think her favorite is the cheese pizza. She still scarfs down the cheese-less pizzas too.

Bonding at mealtime

I’d put the pizzas in the oven about an hour before it was time to get my daughter, ย so they were still hot when we arrived home from her school. Pizza smells greeted us, upon opening the house door. “Pizza!” was my daughters happy cry. She put her schoolbooks away, and quickly returned so we could eat our meal.

The kitchen is one of my places to get creative; mealtimes are a time for both of us to unplug.ย  She gets a break from the demands of school, and she has my full attention. She quickly filled me in on the days events at school, while she quickly demolished several pieces of both pizzas (cheese and veggie). That girl can eat! I guess she’s a lot like myself, her metabolism is high — so she can eat anything.

Colorful pizza crusts

We both like flavorful crusts, and I’ll add a variety of things (usually seasonings) to the crust. Nothing overpowering, more like a nice complement to the toppings on the pizza.

Occasionally, my daughter asks me to color the pizza crust. I’ll ‘dye’ the crusts with the appropriate colored vegetable juice. One time my daughter wanted an orange crust. I added a bit if carrot juice to the dough. Then she wanted a cranberry colored crust. I added beet juice. Green was another request, juiced greens were added. You get the picture… Although some of the ingredients might sound weird, and not too appealing at all (if you aren’t big on those vegetables) but the crusts are delicious. The flavor doesn’t overpower the pizza crust. Also, the seasonings added (to the crust) complement the pizza. )

These days, I rarely order a pizza, because my daughter is used to the freshness of our homemade pizzas, and it can be hard to find a restaurant that duplicates that.

Ok, so now my pizza craving has been satisfied but now I’m craving hummus with Creamy Dhal or aย Dry Chana Masala.;)

Question: What are some foods you enjoy making?

14 Comments

  • Larissa says:

    YAM!!!! I’m drooling all over the place…there’s nothing like a home made pizza!!!
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Larissa,

    Thanks for stopping by my virtual home.

    I tend to agree with you, my daughter and I love homemade pizza. If she had her way, I’d be making it weekly. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • Jennifer says:

    OMG – yes! This looks awesome! AND…I, too, have been craving vegetarian Indian food for MONTHS!!!!! Specifically Dahl, Today for lunch I had some Spicy Thai Sweet Potato Soup – vegan – from Pacific Foods! Pretty good! Stay craving Dahl tho! LOL
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Jennifer,
    It was very good, and my daughter’s finished the entire pizza. She ate the last slice about thirty minutes ago. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love Indian food, and prepare it often at home. I learned a lot about “traditional Indian cuisine,” from a few friends who are from India. One of them visits their yearly. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Kate Brown Wilson says:

    I really admire you Opal, specially when you are creating special meals for your own family and sharing it to all interested readers , I would love to try this one. I am just wondering you included to your recipe dry Chana Masala, I am thinking that this is one spices from India am I right?
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Kate Brown Wilson, You’re correct it’s a spice. It’s also a vegetable dish, that is very popular in India.

    My apologies for my delayed response, I’ve been away from the computer for a few days.

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  • suituapui says:

    I would prefer pizzas with a lot of cheese…and mushrooms as well. I love deep=fried dhal fritters but I’ve never tried making them – would just go and buy at the stall @ 3 for around 30 cents, your money. A lot easier, no need to go through the trouble.
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    Opal Reply:

    @suituapui, My daughter loves rich sauces, so it’s no surprise that she prefers cheese on her pizza.
    You’re right it’s easier to pick it up at the local market, but I do love creating in the kitchen, and so for me it’s no trouble. As long as I have the time to do it… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • Liane Markus says:

    This home made pizza is excellent for family bonding and house parties. I will probably try to make one at home because I am sure I will be able to save money rather than buying pizza outside. Thanks a lot for this simple pizza preparation that you have shared.
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Liane Markus, In the long run, making homemade pizzas can be cheaper. I have the flour, yeast, veggies, cheeses, so the initial cost might be higher than a grocery/restaurant pizza, but I can make several pizzas from the ingredients I purchased. Whereas with the already prepared pizza, you can’t do that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • Cindy says:

    im a big fan of home made pizzas, i always look for some new special recipes. this one seems to be very delicious, i just want to give it a try and bake it as soon as possible. thanks for the nice recipe;)
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    Opal Reply:

    @Cindy, You’re welcome, I didn’t give a specific recipe (I’ll have to get better at that) but I did say what ingredients was in this pizza. Which would be enough for some people to work with, and come up with something delicious.

    Thanks for stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Adeline Vazques says:

    This is unique pizza and simple. It is filled with cheese and sauce which I love in pizzas. Homemade pizza is very delicious and sometimes I like it better than the usual pizza in restaurant. You can customize it and add some special flavor which is a good thing.

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    Opal Reply:

    Hello @Adeline Vazques,
    My daughter loves the simple pizzas best, occasionally I’ll make gourmet pizzas. She enjoys those also, but her favorite are the ‘plain pizza’s. She prefers our homemade pizzas over restaurant pizza; I’ve been making homemade pizzas for over twenty years.
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