Thursday, October 6, 2016

October is Pizza Month: Reviewing Our Favorite Pizza Recipes

Making homemade pizza actually is pretty easy, especially if you follow one of the favorite pizza recipes you'll find here.

These days, ordering a pizza is as easy as pulling out your phone and opening an app. But, let's face it, it's hard to beat homemade. Besides, preparing a pizza at home doesn't require waiting for (and paying for) delivery or going out again if you're already at home.

Making homemade pizza actually is pretty easy, especially if you follow one of the favorite pizza recipes that we're going to tell you about, all tried and true. It's a fun activity, too, one that's perfect for involving the kiddos.

Kid-Friendly Pizza Recipes

Quick and Easy Pizza Bun Recipe from Ladymermaid
Photo from Ladymermaid
With just the tiniest bit of planning you'll always have the ingredients on hand to make this Quick and Easy Pizza Bun Recipe from my friend Lorelei aka Ladymermaid.

Pizza sauce from a bottle or jar should be a staple in your house, along with plenty of mozzarella cheese.  A toaster oven is perfect for making these individual pizzas using bread or hamburger or hot dog buns. Kids, especially, love adding the cheese and toppings to the buns and popping them into the toaster oven for a few minutes. Adults enjoy these, too, perhaps with more sophisticated toppings. For a family or a crowd, use a baking sheet and the regular oven to turn out enough pizzas for everyone.

Spider Web Pizza Recipe perfect for October and Pizza Month
Photo from Cooking for the Holidays

Since it's October, I absolutely had to include the recipe for this fun Spider Web pizza from Review This Reviews' own Sylvestermouse. She's absolutely right about families' needing a quick but filling meal before trick-or-treating on Halloween evening. And, as her family has done, making this Spider Web Pizza a tradition for October 31st is a great idea.

Only a few simple ingredients are required to assemble a delicious pizza that your family will love. Adding a creepy spider to the top is optional, but where's the fun in that? Read all about decorating a pizza for Halloween at the link.

Healthy Pizza Recipes

Artichoke Zucchini White Pizza Recipe from RecipesForRealPeople
Photo from Recipes For Real People
If you love pizza but want something a little different from the traditional red sauce topped with pepperoni, try this Artichoke Zucchini white pizza recipe. I call it "A to Z Pizza" for short.

I use packaged crust and jarred Alfredo sauce, along with sliced fresh zucchini, a jar of marinated artichoke hearts, some onion, garlic, and black olives, and top it all off with a combination of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Yes, it tastes as good as it sounds! It's good for you, too, if you go easy on the sauce.

Basic Dough Recipe, Perfect for Homemade Pizza Crust, from Sam's Places
Photo from Sam's Place

To turn any of these pizza recipes into true homemade pizza, you'll need a good pizza crust recipe. Get it at Sam's Place! Here's his easy homemade all purpose dough recipe, and he also includes links to his own homemade pizza and pepperoni bread recipes. Prepare to be impressed as Sam is a wonderful cook. (Update: Hot out of the pizza oven is Sam's latest, Fresh Tomato Spinach Pizza. Don't miss this delicious recipe!)

Pizza When It's Too Hot to Cook

Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Pizza Oven: Read the Review
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Pizza is perfect food around the calendar, but when it's hot outside I don't like to heat up the house by turning on the oven. That's why I'm thrilled with the Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Pizza Oven that joined our family several months ago.

Whether I'm in the mood for a quick pizza from the freezer, if I pick up a fresh pizza from the deli, or even if I make my own pizza from scratch, the Pizzazz allows me to prepare it without heating up the house. This awesome appliance also saves time since there's no preheating required. It works for other foods, too, as you'll learn when you read my full Pizzazz Plus review.

So, are you hungry yet? 

These recipes should get you through October's Pizza Month celebration or any month, year, or day of the week that you find yourself in the mood for a slice of one of America's favorite foods. I'd love if you leave a comment to let me know which of these is your favorite pizza recipe.


~Susan Deppner
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  1. Susan, First, thank you for the link!! I got your message and was looking all over for the post:) What a great post and idea putting all of these in one place. Thanks so much for thinking of me, adding my links, and most of all those Oh!! kind words.

    1. Everyone loves your recipes, Sam, and I'm always happy to share!

  2. I love pizza! One of my all time favorites and I will eat them just about any way its fixed:)

    1. These recipes should give you some good variations then, Angie. Good thing Pizza Month is 31 days long! :)

  3. Pizza is one of my all time favorite meals! I do prefer cooking them at home simply because they are hot that way and I can carefully select the toppings. (no mistakes of accidentally getting a yucky topping on my pizza) All of the pizzas you featured sound delicious and I very much appreciate you including our Halloween pizza. October is the perfect month for Pizza!

    1. Oh, yes, piping hot pizza is so much better than one that's been cooling in a box for 30 minutes. Very happy to include your Halloween pizza. It's such a fun recipe and so creepy-cute with the spider on top!

  4. Pizza is the perfect food in our family. My husband always tells me that he could and would live on pizza 365 days a year and even 366 in the leap years. Thanks for this great review.

    1. LOL Glad that October has 31 days and that this just happens to be a leap year, too, Grammie O! Hope your husband enjoys one or more of these recipes. Thank you for your kind words!

  5. I love pizza too. Will have to try the zucchini and artichoke one as that sounds so delicious!!! We even put the pizza sauce on toast or an English muffin if we are in a hurry and don't want to bother with pizza crust.

    1. The toast and English muffin pizzas sound good and, especially, very kid friendly! I haven't fixed the zucchini artichoke pizza for awhile, Heather, and now I'm hungry for it again, too. Hope you like yours!

  6. I'm like Olivia's husband, I could eat pizza every single day and never tire of it! When my girls were still at home we did a variation of the Quick and Easy Pizza Bun recipe. We used bagels instead of, so good! Will have to try all of these in my kitchen.

  7. Bagels! Another great idea, Bev. Thank! I never get tired of pizza, either. With so many variations, it can be like a different meal every day!

  8. I LOVE all of these pizza varieties. I go in spurts, I eat pizza for days in a row, then I stop. When I resume, I want a variety of pizza. What great ideas here! Thank you Susan for gathering these great pizza recipes and ideas.

    1. You're welcome, Dawn. Finding a variety of pizza recipes was a fun task to undertake!

  9. I love pizza, we often use tortilla wraps as a base in our house - a great way to use up leftovers too :)

    1. Two more excellent ideas for making pizza! Thank you, Louanne!

  10. What a great way to celebrate Pizza Month! While expecting my daughter many years ago, I developed a craving for smoked oyster pizza and had it at least once-a-month for 5-6 months. :) I also love shrimp pizza with mushrooms, green peppers and onions! (I have most unusual 'tastes' as you can tell). :-)

    1. Proves that just about anything goes great on a pizza if it's food that you love! I'll skip the oyster, but shrimp sounds really good. (Ooh, my stomach just growled.) Now I'm wondering if your daughter loves oysters and, especially, smoked oyster pizza!


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