First off, you'll have to excuse the blurry photos - I forgot to take the pictures when they came out of the oven and then had 3 (maybe 4?) glasses of wine.
Anyways, the best pizza ever actually has to do more with the crust. I am bound and determined one day to make a pizza crust that has yeast and takes hours to make. But usually by the time I decide I want pizza there's no time. So, I revert to the pizza crust my mom has been making for 35 years out of a biscuit dough recipe. I've never had any problems with this crust - it's always delicious and easy to pull together.
Biscuit Dough or Pizza Dough
2 cups of flour ¼ butter
4 tsp baking powder 1 cup of milk
1 tsp salt
Mix, together flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in the
Margarine until mixture is the consistency of coarse
Cornmeal. Make a well in center of these ingredients;
add liquid slowly. (May not use all of the milk). When
all the liquid has been added, stir dough rather vigorously
until it comes freely from the side of the bowl. Turn dough
onto lightly floured board and knead lightly for a few minutes. Roll or pat out to desired thickness – about ½ inch.
For pizza roll thinner. For biscuits cut dough with 2 in. floured biscuit cutter; place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a hot oven (400°) for 12 – 15 minutes.
Yield: 15 – 18 biscuits or
1 pizza crust
And since the neighbors were coming for dinner, I doubled the recipe and made 2 meat based pizzas (Shawn and the neighbor husband probably wouldn't have been as fond if they were all veggie pizzas).
This one is a variation of a hot wing pizza recipe I had recently seen. We used salad chicken from Costco (already cooked and breaded), but you could use a cooked chicken breast, chicken fingers, whatever you want as long as it's pre cooked. The base was half a bottle of ranch dressing. Toss the chicken with Franks Red Hot Hot Sauce (very spicy - if you don't like hot wings you won't like this pizza). Then put pizza blend cheese on top and bake. Very yummy. The original recipe called for hunks of blue cheese, and I would love to as I like the taste, but didn't think anyone wanted to take me to the hospital to deal with my allergy after ;)
This is the standby bacon cheeseburger pizza. Many different variations (and often requested when we go to visit my parents), mine has extra lean ground beef cooked with an onion and 1 cup of roughly chopped pancetta (very salty bacon). Base is a can of garlic pizza sauce, then the cooked meat and then a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella. MMMMMMMMMMM comfort food.