Pizza is one of my all-time favorite foods. It’s good at night, in the morning, for lunch – pretty much all the time. I would consider myself somewhat of a pizza expert, and I’ll tell you something: I’ll always make my own pizza over buying it.
There are a lot of differences between mass-produced pizza and self-made pizza, but I just want to highlight a few of the main differences:
- Crisp Crust – when you make your own pizza, you have a certain control over the crust that you won’t get when you have it made for you. What ends up happening is that you can make a crispy crust with a nice “snap” to it. Because you’re controlling the heat source, temperature and placement, you have complete and total control over how crispy your crust will end up being. You just won’t get that with Domino’s.
- Tomato Sauce – you just can’t beat the freshness you’ll get with making your own tomato sauce. When you make your own tomato sauce, you can puree tomatoes with raw garlic, herbs and salt and pepper. You have complete control over how much sauce you disperse throughout your pizza and you can completely customize the taste.
- Flour Taste – Specific types of flour affect the taste of the pizza dough differently. For example, if you make your pizza dough with semolina, you will end up with a nice, chewy quality to your pizza dough. No matter what your preferences are, you can customize your taste depending on what you make your
Another misconception people have about pizza is that it’s a quick, casual meal that isn’t meant to have any thought put in. That’s where you’re wrong! For me, pizza can still be a complete gastronomic experience that can cater to a wide array of tastes. When you make your own pizza, you can decide what toppings to put on as well as what type of sauce and dough to use. One of my favorite pizzas to make is the Grilled Shrimp and Roasted Eggplant Pizza with Bell Pepper Puree.
It’s been my experience that presentation isn’t as important with pizzas as other types of foods, simply because the pizza will be cut and divvied up within a matter of seconds.
If you’re interested in learning more about making your own pizzas, sign up for my PIZZA Pizzaz! class on Saturday, March 29th from 3:00PM – 5:30PM. Register here.