Homemade Pepperoni Bacon Pizza with Store Bought Dough

Hubby and I eat our fair share of pizza. It’s a great go to meal and well……we love pizza. There are a few good frozen brands out their that is good to keep tucked away in the freezer, delivery is great as well, but it can get costly so making it at home is the best way to go. It’s really easy, especially when you can use premade dough. You can make your own dough, but I find that there are some good premade dough available and that makes it even easier and faster. Most local grocery stores now sell balls of dough as well as some pizza places will sell their dough. It’s mostly about finding the right one that you prefer.

Making your own pizza is like having a blank canvas. You can make it just the way you like, let your imagination and taste buds go wild. My hubby has even created a pizza with pepperoni and some leftover Chinese boneless spareribs. Did I think at first he had went a little too wild and crazy with the topping? Sure I did…but one bite and I was hooked. That being said, for this one I wanted to start out simple, but again add anything you like.

Here’s what you need:

*pizza dough

*olive oil for the pan and the pizza dough

*pizza sauce either from a jar or homemade; I used some already made

*favorite pizza toppings; I used pepperoni and 3 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled into pieces

*1 1/2 cups or more of Shredded cheese; I used a blend of cheddar and mozzarella

I find that letting the dough set out for 30 minutes before using it makes it easier to work with.

Preheat oven to 425°.

If using a pizza stone, preheat the stone then add some corneal before adding the dough. I find this keeps the dough from sticking.

If using a pizza pan or sheet pan, brush with olive oil.

Roll out the dough and using your finger tips, gently stretch out the dough to fit the pan. It’s ok if it isn’t perfectly round or square, I call that rustic and it’s what makes it unique. No matter how hard I try, mine has never looked perfect so yes, we shall call it rustic. Brush the dough with a little olive oil.

Prebake the dough for about 5 minutes.

After the dough is prebaked, spread on some of the pizza sauce.

Then sprinkle on the cheese.

Add on the toppings.

Bake for about 7 to 8 minutes or until crust is done and cheese is melted.

Cut into slices and serve.

Cast Iron Pepperoni Pizza

I love cooking in my cast iron pan. It makes a great sear on steaks and helps give fried chicken that wonderful crispy crust. I have seen a few blogs with pizza cooked in one, so I thought I’d try it and see if it was truly worth it. I was really pleased with the results. The crust did indeed get crispy and it was much easier than I thought it would be. I kept it simple and just did a pepperoni topping, but next time I might go wild and add more. So use your imagination and add whatever else you might like on yours.

Here’s what you need.

*1 TBS olive oil

*pizza dough; I used a store bought that was already prepared in the dough form.

*pizza sauce

*pepperoni

*shredded cheese; I used a pizza blend.

Preheat oven to 475°

Prepare the dough.

Heat a large cast iron pan on medium high heat for about 5 minutes.Take the pan off of the heat. Pour the olive oil into the pan, with a paper towel, spread the oil all over the bottom and sides of the pan.

Place the dough into the pan.

very carefully spread the dough out using your fingers until it touches all sides of the pan.

Remember the pan is hot. I was really prepared to burn my fingers at least once, but I can gladly say I did not.

Next, spread on the pizza sauce.

Add as little or as much as you want.

Now layer on the cheese.

Then add the pepperoni or any other toppings you might like.

Bake for about 12 minutes. Take the pan out and gently lift up the crust to see if it is to your liking.

Cut into slices and serve.

French Bread Pepperoni Pizza

I’ve always loved a good pizza. If hubby and I do get a pizza, it’s either from a pizza place or the frozen kind. There are some pretty decent frozen brands out there….. and some pretty bad ones as well. I have tried making my own with homemade pizza dough, but it hasn’t been a home run. I think I need to work on that a little more ( might be a future post in the works). But I can make French bread pizza. So when hubby and I had a craving for the homemade variety, I found some nice bread at the grocery store. Thank goodness bread seems to be making a come back. I had some leftover pepperoni and pizza sauce in the freezer so that made it even better.

I admit, this loaf looks like it had been on steroids, but the pizza turned out really good; nice and crispy on the outside and around the edges, with all that pepperoni and cheesy goodness in the middle. So if you’re craving homemade pizza also, grab some French bread and here’s what you need:

*1 loaf of French bread

*pizza sauce

*Colby and Monterrey Jack cheese; shredded

*sliced pepperoni ( or any other desired topping)

Preheat oven to 410°.

Half the bread crosswise

Then cut it in half lengthwise.

Place bread slices cut side up on a baking sheet. Spread pizza sauce on each slice.

Layer cheese on top of the sauce.

Next place the pepperoni on top of the cheese.

Put in the oven and bake about 10 motor until cheese is melted and edges of bread is toasted.

Serve and enjoy!