Southern Living

Skip store-bought, frozen pizza and make homemade pizza dough from scratch. This perfectly chewy pizza crust recipe, from our friends at Real Simple, is an easy way to make pizza night a whole lot more fun for the whole family. This delicious, savory crust will elevate your pizza to rock-star status. A build-you-own pie buffet is the perfect strategy whether you are hosting or feeding your family on a busy weeknight. Just be sure you have plenty of toppings on hand for your hungry chefs. Classics like pepperoni, cheese, and mushrooms are always popular, but throw in a few unexpected picks like jalapenos, cilantro, and ranch dressing (for drizzling after the pie comes out of the oven). If you are in the mood for Mediterranean, try a combination of sundried tomatoes, Greek olives, and feta cheese. For a kid-friendly choice, stock your build your own bar with pepperoni, chicken, and plenty of mozzarella cheese—trust us, they are going to want to pile on the good stuff. Need even more topping inspiration? Try Smoked Chicken Pizza with White Barbecue Sauce or another savory homemade pizza recipe. Serve with a crisp side salad for a complete meal.

Step-by-Step Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the yeast, sugar, 1 cup warm water, and 1½ teaspoons salt. Set aside for 5 minutes, until foamy bubbles form.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, then gradually add the flour, stirring in between additions.
  3. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes.
  4. Cover, and set in a warm spot until dough has doubled in size. Punch down the dough, then divide into two portions. Roll out the dough, add toppings, then bake.

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