It's Top-Your-Own Pizza Night!
You know what tastes even better than pizza delivery? Homemade pizza! Especially when everyone gets their own individual pie with their pick of toppings. Plus there is some major family bonding time as you cook together, starting from scratch with our quickest homemade pizza dough recipe. Explore different toppings and watch your kids take pride in what they make -- and eat it too. All that work makes for hungry kids so while the dough rises, snack on our irresistible ranch dip. And save the extra dough to whip up a pizza dessert that you family won't expect, but they will love.
START WITH: AVOCADO RANCH DIP
A ranch dip that replaces some of the usual buttermilk with creamy avocado really does make vegetables taste better. Provide plenty of carrot, celery, and cucumber sticks, or whatever crunchy veg your family likes, for this delicious dip. If you want to do it like they do in the south, save some dip for your pizza too.
MAIN: INDIVIDUAL PIZZAS
This pizza dough recipe makes 2 pounds of pizza dough, which is perfect because, spoiler, you are going to use the leftover dough for your family's new favorite pizza dessert.
Preheat your oven to 500°F. Save a quarter of the dough for desert. Divide the remaining dough into 6 pieces. Roll each piece out into a thin round. Let everyone choose their toppings and bake two pizzas at a time on a baking sheet. It usually takes about 10 minutes per sheet, but this can vary depending on the amount of toppings and how well your oven heats, so keep an eye on them. The pizza is done when the cheese is melted and bubbly and the crust and bottom are golden.
SIDE: ARUGULA SALAD WITH LEMON DRESSING
One way to get your family to eat salad: Take a cue from restaurants and top your pizzas with greens. With peppery arugula, a citrusy zing, and mouthwatering Parmesan, this arugula salad is the perfect balance to pizza. Serve it at the table and let everyone decide if it goes on the pizza or the side of their plate.
DESSERT: NUTELLA & BANANA POCKETS
Don't turn your oven off yet, here is where dessert pizza comes into play. Make these fun pizza dough pockets and let everyone stuff their pocket with Nutella and banana.
Watch how to make these irresistible pockets: