Friday nights we usually watch a movie together and enjoy dinner at the same time. I try to make something that everyone can customize and is fairly easy to eat while watching the tv, such as the baked potato bar. Another favorite Friday night dinner is homemade pizza. We go all out, making at least 4 different types of pizza and at least one dessert pizza. I know it is not Friday, but it will be before you know it. Plan to make a great meal for your family and let them help do it.
The variety of pizzas you could make are endless. We make somewhat healthier ones such as this veggie pizza which has fresh tomato slices, olives, and mushrooms.
Or, simply top your pizza crust with sauteed mushrooms and onions, then add some cooked sliced Italian sausage.
But one of the most delicious ones we have made is Buffalo Chicken Pizza, a tasty mixture of chicken, wing sauce, blue cheese dressing and cheeses.
To make a mouth watering Buffalo Chicken Pizza, you need these things:
pizza crust dough (we buy from Trader Joe's, but any will do)
1/2 c blue cheese dressing (chunkier is better)
1/2 c hot sauce (recommend Frank's Wing Sauce Original)
1/4 c butter, melted
2 chicken breasts, cooked and cut up
2 c shredded cheese blend (cheddar and Monterey Jack)
extra blue cheese dressing for dipping
1. Roll out dough and turn over 1 inch around edge. Place crust on round pan; I use a round baking stone for a crispy crust. Bake the crust for 5-7 minutes at 375.
2. Spread blue cheese dressing on pizza dough.
3. Mix wing sauce and melted butter together. Add chicken and mix to coat.
4. Spread chicken mixture onto pizza crust. Top with cheese.
5. Bake pizza for about 15 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is bubbly.
The children help with this, not only because they love to help cook, but because they want to enjoy their own concoctions. Seth helped make pizza for the first time.
First he prepared the surface for the dough.
Rolling the dough is tough work.
It requires concentration.
Don't forget to poke holes in your dough or it will become a huge piece of pita bread.
Seth likes his pizza with lots of cheese . . .
Pizza is a great treat, especially for the little ones. And getting to add their own toppings makes it all the better to enjoy!