One of my fond memories of childhood were the nights my mom would make pizza, and we would all eat pizza while watching a movie in the living room. It’s one of the things I now enjoy doing with my own family. We call it our “Family Movie Night”! We usually do this once a month on a Friday or Saturday night. It is always our goal to baths taken, the pizza ready, and start the movie by 6 or 6:30 so Little Mouse can still be in bed at or close to her usual time. We try to pick a movie that will be enjoyed by all. This can be difficult when Little Mouse is really into “Arthur” and “Strawberry Shortcake”, while we prefer more adult movies. Sometimes our choice is a big flop, but we’ve actually had several good ones too. Some of our favorites are “Fly Away Home”, “Second Chances”, and “Lassie”. Of course we do have our favorite cartoons as well, “Ratatouille”, “The Fox and the Hound”, and the one we watched this weekend, “Lady and the Tramp”.
Right now I would say our favorite pizza to go with the movie is one that we call the “Greek Pizza”. We just can’t seem to get enough of it! Of course one of the best things about making your own pizza, is you are able to control exactly what is on it! I can leave off a few ingredients on the side Little Mouse eats, and add as much to our “adult” side as we want. 🙂
For our pizza dough I actually use this recipe we love for bread sticks. After the dough has risen, I divide it in half, using half for the pizza crust and making 4-6 bread sticks with the other half (following the directions on the recipe for bread sticks).
I roll the dough out to cover my large pizza stone and let it rise a bit longer while the oven is preheating to 350 degrees. Bake the crust for 10-15 minutes. If you find the crust is bubbling up, prick it with a fork to let the air escape. Remove from oven and add your toppings.
In my opinion, every good pizza must have a good sauce. The sauce can literally either make or break the pizza. Sometimes I use our favorite spaghetti sauce and other times I make my own.
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon onion powder
Stir together until well combined. Set aside until needed.
- 1/2 lb Jimmy Dean Sage Sausage, browned and crumbled
- 1/4 medium Vidalia onion, sliced thin
- 10-12 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 12-15 Kalamata Olives, cut in half
- 4-5 medium white mushrooms sliced
- Feta Cheese
On top of the baked pizza crust, spread as much pizza sauce as you like. Then add the other toppings – sausage, onion, tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, and feta cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 more minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a 5 minutes before cutting. Enjoy!
This is all we usually have left over. When we order out pizza, I usually end up regretting it after eating just one slice because it is so heavy and greasy. I love how fresh and tasty it is when we make it at home, and depending on the toppings we choose there is practically no grease at all! I feel really good about feeding my family this healthy comfort food!