We all know kids love pizza. Made from scratch, it can be both healthy and a great way to get your little ones to try new foods. It’s also a fun family project, so get ready for a little mess in the kitchen.
Start by taking the kids shopping and let them choose the toppings. Walk the produce aisle together and play guess the vegetable, then let them decide what’ll grace their creations. Some vegetables, like onions, develop a more subtle flavor after a quick sauté, and this can be done a few days ahead so they’ll be in the fridge ready to use at a moment’s notice. Chop broccoli florets into smaller pieces so they’ll cook nice and tender by time the pizza is done. Other vegetables like thinly sliced zucchini and eggplant can just be tossed in a bit of olive oil before spreading on top—they’ll roast on top of the pizza while it’s cooking.
And although we’re giving you a head start with a classic mozzarella cheese and tomato pizza, don’t stop at toppings. White pizzas, basically any pizza that doesn’t have sauce, is like a flatbread and crisps up deliciously. Sprinkle with fresh ricotta or goat cheese and let the kids pick a leafy green, like spinach or arugula. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil, then bake as directed. With an endless imagination, the combinations are limitless.
Classic Cheese Pizza
Makes one 16-inch round thin-crust pizza
You can make the dough in the morning and take it out as soon as you get home to begin the rise. If you have a terracotta baking stone, use it for an extra-crispy crust. The final amount of flour will vary each time you make the recipe depending on humidity and the temperature in your kitchen.
2 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp yeast
3/4 tsp salt
2 Tbs olive oil
1 cup warm water
non-stick cooking spray
1 ½ cups tomato sauce
8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese