Intro: Easy Homemade Pizza
Recently, my father came across a magazine article that suggested using biscuits in place of pizza crust. He mentioned it to me in passing, and I decided that I was going to try it out and see how it compared to a normal pizza. A quick trip to the grocery store, and I was ready to give it a go.
What I found was that this is fantasically easy to do, bakes rather quickly, and best of all it tastes great! I made this in preparation of my parents visiting, and it didn't last long with everyone digging in.
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Step 1: Ingredients
The basic ingredients are pretty straight forward.
1 tube biscuits- will use this for the crust.
1/2 bottle tomato based sauce (I substituted with alfredo sauce)
A bag full of shredded mozzarella
Your choice of toppings (I used sausage, pepperoni, and bacon)
The Tools you need:
A skillet (to prepare the meat), baking stone, rolling pin, and pizza cutter.
Step 2: Prepare the Toppings
A couple of the toppings I used will need to be fried before you actually bake the pizza. I decided to just throw them together, although I found the ground sausage cooked much faster than the bacon did. I had expected the thinner bacon slices to finish cooking first. Drain the grease, and go ahead and shred up the bacon when it's done.
One other note, while you have this on the stove, go ahead and pre-heat your oven.
Step 3: Shape the Crust
This is the real time saving feature of this instructable. It will also give your pizza a very distinctive taste and texture.
I took the biscuits out of the tube and slapped them all together in the middle of the cooking stone. This is actually the second time I have made this type of crust. I tried to shape it by hand the first time, and this does not work very well. For whatever reason the dough tends to tear instead of flatten out that way. So, I invested in a $5 rolling pin from the grocery store, and it works beautifully.
Basically, flatten them out and then add a lip around the edge to hold in the toppings. You want the dough to be pretty flat, because it will rise quite a bit when you bake it.
Step 4: Add Your Favorite Toppings
It's pretty straight forward from here- add the pizza sauce (or alfredo in my case). I used a bit too much the first time, once you spread it out, you realize you don't need a whole lot to cover it.
Put your cheese on top of the sauce and don't be quite as stingy with it. I usually use the whole bag of cheese. I didn't with this one because I had a lot of other toppings too. I also added a small amount of a three cheese blend on top of all that porky goodness.
The toppings- I went for meat lovers. pepperoni first, sausage, and finally the bacon. You can of course use whichever toppings your like best.
Step 5: Bake in the Oven
If you preheated your oven during step two, it will have cut your cooking time down a bit. I threw mine in at 350F for 20 minutes, and it comes out almost perfect.
Step 6: Enjoy!
The pizza comes out looking all sorts of fantastic. Using my new crust method, the biscuits actually still cook sort of separately and round out a bit, but that's okay. It makes it easy to cut very even slices.
A few observations- I think it works better to cut from the middle out, because the toppings tend to slide all around and will otherwise bunch in the middle. Also, the crust is very soft. Because of that, it behaves a bit differently than normal pizza crust. It doesn't stick when it is warm, but once it cools off it will stick to the cooking stone/plates/etc. Of course the easiest solution is to consume it all before it cools off!
This is sweet instructable 16, and it's also entered in the bacon contest. Ratings, comments and votes are most appreciated. And, like always, post a picture of your creation, and I'll reward you with a digital patch!