Homemade Pizza

There once was a man named Joe. Trader Joe.

Have I ever shared with you my love for Trader Joe’s? I probably have…

Trader Joe’s makes my life much easier. We shop at Trader Joe’s every other week or so. Lately, it is about half of our groceries. The other half is made up of the vegetable market, the kosher store, and occasionally a run to a big name place for odds and ends.
Trader Joe’s supplies us with many yummy, healthier, and kosher ingredients that are much cheaper than the counterparts at mainstream places.
Sundays in our home are pretty busy. Errand to errand, playdate to playdate. When I come home, I need to resist the urge to buy takeout. Trader Joe’s made my life easier tonight.
Tonight I made some semi-homemade pizza that I served with a salad. I say “semi-homemade” only because the dough and sauce came premade from Trader Joe’s.
The pizza dough, which is enough for a 12″ pizza, is only 99 cents.
The jar of sauce, only needs to be spiced up a bit, and is under $2.
Sunday Night Pizza
1 package of pizza dough – or make your own
1 ladle or so of tomato sauce – use your favorite kind
8 oz. shredded mozarella cheese
A few cremini mushrooms, sliced
2 shallots, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 package of Lightlife or other soy “pepperoni”
1/2 cup parmesean, shredded
red pepper flakes, optional or to taste
a sprinkle of olive oil
Preheat your oven to 425
Let the dough sit on the counter as per the instructions, for a half hour.
Sprinkle some flour on the dough.
Either using a rolling pin, or your hands, stretch the dough to fit a 12″ pan, or toss into desired size and thickness, and arrange on your pizza peel or pizza pan.
Bake for 5 minutes.

Remove from oven.

Let the crust rest a bit to cool down.
Pour a ladle full of sauce on your crust. Spread with a spatula. Do not make your pizza too saucy.
Arrange the cheese and then the toppings in the order I suggest on top of the pizza. I like a sprinkle of olive oil to finish it off as well as some red pepper flakes.
Place back in the oven. Bake for 8 minutes or so, until the cheese looks nice and ready and the crust should have some browning on it.

In the picture, you will see a plain jane area of the pizza. That space is reserved for my daughter. She doesn’t like the frills. Enjoy!
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