Ways To Get/Make Pizza- Mostly At Home
a) Call or walk over to your favorite pizza delivery place and bring the pie home. If you’re up for feeling giddy, order a combo you’ve never tried before.
b) Same as a) above, but ask for a nearly plain pizza, say, tomato or basil or no sauce, and cheese, if you eat that. Once home, have the kids plunk their favorite lightly grilled or steamed veggies and/or fruit (pineapple and apple work really well with many veggie combos) on the pizza. Reheat if necessary.
c) If you have a little more time, assemble the pizza mostly from scratch. Many supermarkets sell pizza crusts, and, since you’re already there, have the kids help you pick the toppings. Little ones love to go off in search of ingredients, and they’re learning a bazillion things with just the command “Find three tomatoes.” Do stay near them, lest they also learn what happens when they pick the three tomatoes from the bottom of the pile.
Note: If the kids are picking healthy toppings, but they are combinations that make your stomach queasy, loudly praise the healthy aspect and encourage them to be creative. Then quietly slip back to the pizza crusts so you can make a tamer version for yourself. I do think you’ll have more fun, though, if you let them run most of the show with occasional guidance from you. Take a moment to recall how often you deliberately grossed out your own caretakers…then dig in with greater gusto than you thought possible. They’ll love you for it.
Another note: As with this and many of the pizza options, some people like to lightly grill their veggies before assembling the pizza. I’ve never done this, only because it’s one step I’m always willing to skip in favor of eating sooner, and I figure the whole thing will get hot anyway in the oven. Do as you please.
d) This one works well with little ones and others with fist-sized appetites. Great for a quick afternoon snack, too, if you limit yourself to one muffin. Take an English muffin, slice it in half and lightly toast the halves. Add a spoonful or two of your favorite sauce, just enough to cover the muffin, and the toppings you can carefully fit on it. No need to add too many toppings, as you don’t want the concoction to be too difficult to eat. Add cheese if desired. Bake for about 10 minutes in a toaster oven, let cool, then eat.
e) Go to your favorite pizzeria. This is how it must have started with me. Way way back when we lived in Idaho, we always celebrated my birthday at a Shakey’s that also played old silent black and white movies.
f) Another take on the “mostly from scratch” pizza: pizza mixes. We used to get Chef Boyardee mixes that had a basic flour dough mix (add water and oil, I think), a tiny can of tomato sauce, and something resembling parmesan cheese. I did many birthday parties this way. I haven’t seen the mixes in years, but I just discovered they’re available from the good people at canadianfavourites.com (ooh a site for the Maestro), who ship internationally.
Fantastic activity for kids of all ages.
g) Bread machine pizza crust makers, anyone? Or just making the crust by hand from scratch? That’s for making the crust the way you want it. Then proceed with any version of the above options for adding toppings. The great thing about this version is that you’ll most likely have more dough than you need for your meal. Take what you need for the current meal, divide the rest of the dough in equal amounts, wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze them. Right there you’ve saved yourself at least half an hour or so the next time a pizza craving kicks in.
h) Finally, when your tummies are full, curl up with Pete’s A Pizza by William Steig (yes, the Shrek guy), which he apparently wrote when he was 90 oh my. You’ll want to read that over and over again.
Ok, that’s all I can think of. There must be more. Ooh, calzones. Not now.
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