It’s a New Year. And I am pretty much acting like a typical “Mom” consumer. Over the past week I have become obsessed with organizing all the “stuff” in our house, I have started thinking up healthier recipes for the new year, and started thinking about ways to save money. I kind of feel like Target is marketing to me. :). Gosh they know me well.
Making my own frozen pizza has been something I have wanted to try for a long time. Before I had kids, I made my own pizza crust all the time. I added cornmeal to my pizza crust. Sometimes, I really miss Chicago pizza. ( Sorry Iowa, but it doesn’t cut it). I love Gino’s East Pizza. That perfect Cornmeal Crust!
My Cornmeal Crust wasn’t exactly like Gino’s East, but I still loved the cornmeal flavor. It was fantastic!
Making homemade pizza doesn’t take long. If you’re going to take the time to make homemade pizza, why not make 6 pizzas? You might as well use up all of your pizza toppings.
In order to make a successful frozen pizza, you need to bake the pizza crust slightly in the oven before placing the pizza toppings on top of it. Otherwise, your pizza might turn out mushy. After I made my pizza crust, I baked each crust in the oven at 400 degrees for 5 minutes.
My pizza crusts didn’t have the perfect shape, but they were still delicious.
Okay, before we get to the cooking and freezing instructions. Let’s go over the price list.
I made three batches of pizza dough. Each Batch yielded 2 pizzas.
1/2 package of bread flour – $1.61
Less than 1/2 a package of Cornmeal $.99
3 packages of yeast- $2.31
2 packages of shredded mozzarella cheese $4.00
6 tablespoons of olive oil ( already had)
2 Cans of Pizza Sauce – $2.34
1 Package of Turkey Pepperoni – $2.32
6 tablespoons of sugar- already had
That is $2.26 per pizza!
DIY Frozen Pizzas- With a Cornmeal Crust ( See Ingredient List above)
1) Make Pizza Crust ( This will make one batch. I made three batches of this crust for the six pizzas)
Mix 1 cup of warm water with a package of yeast and 2 tablespoons of sugar. stir, and let sit for 5 minutes. Once the yeast is bubbling in the water, stir in 2 cups of bread flour, 1/2 cup of cornmeal and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix and roll into a ball. Place in a bowl and cover with a towel. Let the dough double in size.
2) Pre-Bake Crust
Each batch of dough will yield two pizza crusts. Once the dough has doubled in size break apart the dough into two portions. Roll out each piece of dough until the crust in 1/3 inch thick. Cook the crust in the oven at 400 degrees f for 5 minutes.
3) Top the Pizzas
Once the pizza crust have cooled, top the pizza with sauce, cheese and pepperoni- and other toppings if you have any.
4) Freeze Pizzas On a baking sheet
Freeze the pizzas flat in the freezer for three hours on a baking sheet.
5) Wrap the pizzas
Remove pizzas from the freezer and wrap each pizza with plastic wrap. You will want to wrap each pizza 3-4 times over. You can also wrap the pizzas with additional tin foil if you like.
When you are ready to eat your pizza, bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes- or until the crust is crispy