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This pizza is a crowd-pleaser. When you offer your guests homemade pizza, they are probably expecting the very bland, soggy taste of premade pizza popped into the oven. This simple pizza recipe honestly tastes like take-out. Try it once, and you will want to keep these ingredients handy so you never have to pay 20 bucks for a take-out pizza again.

With that said, the simple switch in your traditional pizza ingredients to these ingredients is really what makes this pizza, so substitutes really won’t work here. Try to get exactly the ingredients listed.

1 package bakery made pizza dough (I buy a local brand called Villa’s. Usually your grocery store will have dough from a local bakery in their specialty aisle.)

1 package Boboli Pizza Sauce

1 package sliced Provolone Cheese

EV Olive Oil

2 cloves chopped garlic

Any other toppings you like

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Let the dough sit out on the counter while you put the groceries away; it’s easier to handle this way. Stretch the dough gently to fit your cookie sheet or pizza stone. I always PAM my cookie sheet, but that is up to you. Place the dough on the cookie sheet and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle the chopped garlic over the oil. Spread the sauce out over the dough covering everything except the crust. Overlap the Provolone slices to cover the pizza. Pinch the crust to the thickness you like. (I have stuffed the crust with mozzarella cheese sticks before, that was yummy.)

Cook the pizza for about 15-20 minutes, be sure to watch it carefully. Take the pizza out when it is lightly browned and bubbling. Delicious! There are so many possibilities using this basic recipe.

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Little Hands…Big Pizza

Let’s file this under simple tricks for little hands that you may not have already thought of.

Here’s your average lovely cheese pizza with light sauce:

Anyone hungry yet?

You feel great serving this beautiful thing to your family on white paper plates for a quick, easy, and fun Friday night dinner.  (Let’s avoid the nutritional value for now since most of us have those nights when it’s an accomplishment just to get something on the table!)

Here comes the trick!  If you have toddlers, preschoolers, or younger kids, this floppy slice of pizza has Spray ‘N Wash written all over it.

The normal solution?  Cut it up into little pieces that your child can eat with a fork.

But come on…that’s no fun!  Talk about feeling like a baby!  Young kids don’t like being left out of pizza folding and eating with your hands.  Next time, cut their slice of pizza like this:

One slice across the bottom, then cutting at a diagonal to divide the remaining piece into thirds, and you have 4 mini slices of pizza, perfect for little hands to handle.

-Kerry

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