Do you love pizza, but do you find ready-to-eat frozen pizzas too salty, too fat or simply not comparable in taste to a homemade variant? We think so too. But to make a pizza completely from scratch every time …
- 500 grams of pizza dough, ready-made or (even better) homemade
- 120 to 240 ml tomato sauce, from a jar or try this recipe
- 300 to 450 grams of vegetables, for example: caramelized onions, stir-fried mushrooms, bell pepper, salami, bacon slices, red pepper, or leftovers that you still have in your fridge
- 100 to 200 grams grated or small cubes of cheese, such as mozzarella or parmesan
You will also need:
- baking paper
- rolling pin
- Plastic foil
- Aluminium foil
It is much smarter to prepare a supply of frozen pizzas in one go. We admit it, it takes some time, but once made and frozen you always have a delicious (and reasonably healthy) meal at home. You can also keep the pizzas in the freezer for up to three months . This is high quality fast food at its best !
The secret of these divine pizzas lies in two things: you pre-bake the pizza base and only then do you finish it with the topping. This ensures a wonderfully crunchy bottom. To prevent the pizza from drying out in the freezer, first wrap it in plastic wrap and then in a layer of aluminum foil.
Making frozen pizzas
Place a sheet of baking paper in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 230°.
Divide the pizza dough in half, place each ball on a sheet of baking paper and roll out with the rolling pin. Choose how thick or thin you want the pizza crust. Does the dough stick? Then let it rest for a few minutes and try again. Repeat for the other pizza.
Now comes the trick: bake the pizza bases in the oven on the sheet of baking paper. Bake for about 3 to 5 minutes, until the dough is dry on top and rises slightly. The dough is not yet brown.
Remove the baking paper and let the pizza bases cool completely.
Top the pizzas as you would if you were eating them right away. For example, start with a layer of tomato sauce, then some vegetables, meat and finally the grated or chopped cheese. You can also choose to freeze the bottoms without topping.
Place the pizzas both separately on a sheet of baking paper and freeze them (without covering with plastic foil or the like) until they are completely hard. This takes an average of three hours.
Remove the pizzas from the freezer and wrap a layer of plastic wrap. Then repeat this action but this time with aluminum foil.
Write the name of your homemade pizza or the ingredients of the topping on a piece of (masking) tape. The double layer of protection ensures that the pizzas do not dry out in the freezer.
You can keep the pizzas in the freezer this way for up to three months.
Fancy your pizza? Then preheat the oven to 220 degrees (or the temperature you normally choose when heating a pizza). Remove the pizza from the foil. If you have a pizza stone, bake the pizza on it. Otherwise, use aluminum foil or parchment paper. Bake the pizzas for 8 to 10 minutes until they are golden brown and the cheese is nicely melted.