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Kitchen Adventures: DIY pizza makes a fresh, personalized meal

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Food column by Becca Owsley

By Becca Owsley

Pizza is one of the easiest and most versatile dishes you can make. You might say it’s as easy as pizza pie.

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Pizza first starts with the crust. There are so many forms to use but here are a few easy ones.

In the grocery store you can buy a pouch of pizza crust mix, usually for $1 or less. After making the mixture, roll it out on a pan and get ready for toppings.

Lotsa Pasta in Louisville not only has a variety of pasta offerings but also sells homemade pizza dough. It comes frozen in a ball and all you have to do is thaw and roll it out. The whole wheat version is great.

Next, smear the crust with sauce. I have two favorite options for this, tomato or Alfredo sauce and the more, the better for my taste. The Alfredo sauce is good when using chicken. Tomato sauce is good for pretty much anything.

It’s time to top the pizza. Any meat, cheese, vegetable and even some fruits can be used to top the pie.

It’s as versatile as your taste allows.

There is another fun way to make a pizza that’s so easy a child can help.

Start with a can of grand size biscuits. Not flaky ones, just regular biscuits.

Roll out each biscuit on a cookie sheet to make small individual pizza crusts. These biscuits also come in a whole wheat option.

Then smear on tomato sauce. Usually, a teaspoon each suffices.

Personalize each pizza with whatever toppings you like. And because kids don’t like the same thing as adults, it works well for grown ups who might like more than cheese and pepperoni on their pizza.

Typically, bacon bits and pepperoni are on hand at my house so I usually use those to top mini pizzas.

Next, a little seasoning. Because it’s summer, fresh basil is avaiable from the herb garden and adds a lovely green color to the uncooked pizza. A variety of Italian herbs can be used.

Then, top with cheese that becomes ooey-gooey delicious after baking. Any cheese will do but a mix of Italian cheeses makes a great taste.

Cook in the oven according to directions on the biscuit can.

It’s a quick and easy treat on its own or paired with a salad as a tasty meal.

With so many options to make pizza, why use the humdrum frozen brand? In the time it takes to cook one of those you can make a fresh pizza that caters to your own personal taste.

It’s only limited to your own imagination.

Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741 or at bowsely@thenewsenterprise.com.

Canned biscuit pizzas:
1 can of grand-size biscuits
1 jar of pizza tomato sauce
Pepperoni, bacon bits (or other pizza toppings)
fresh basil or seasonings
shredded Italian cheeses

Preheat oven according to the instructions on the biscuit can.
Place biscuits on a cookie sheet and roll into individual pizzas. Smear a teaspoon of pizza sauce on each biscuit.
Top with pepperoni, bacon bits or any other topping you choose.
Cut fresh basil into smaller pieces and place on pizza.
Cover with shredded Italian cheeses.
Bake according to biscuit can directions.