Open up any freezer, and you are bound to find a few frozen pizzas, acting as the perfect back-up plan for nights when a homemade meal just can’t make it onto the table. While frozen pizzas are definitely convenient, they are loaded with sodium, saturated fat and ingredients with names that I can’t pronounce – all things that I try to avoid. Luckily, with a few ingredients and a rainy afternoon to spare, you can stock your freezer with homemade pizzas that can go from freezer to table in less than 20 minutes.
There are essentially two different ways to make frozen pizzas. You can either make pizza shells, which are essentially pizza crusts that are frozen without toppings. When you want to make your pizza, you add the sauce, cheese and additional toppings just prior to baking. Or, you can build your pizza so it’s ready-to-go with all your favorite toppings, and therefore you can take it straight from the freezer and directly place it in the oven. I like to top my frozen pizzas with only cheese, so I essentially have a blank canvas to work with. When I pull the pizzas from the freezer, I can add whatever veggies or meats that strike my fancy on that particular day. (It’s also a great way to use up leftovers lingering in the back of fridge.)
Homemade Frozen Pizzas
Yields: 4 individual pizzas
Make your favorite pizza dough recipe as directed. After your dough has raised, divide the dough into 4 equals pieces, and pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet by sprinkling it with cornmeal.
Stretch your dough into a 7-8 inch round, and place them on the baking sheet.
Bake for 5 minutes, then remove from the oven and cool completely.
If you are freezing at this point, place them in a gallon-sized ziplock bag and freeze. Otherwise, top each pizza with 1/4 cup sauce, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese. Wrap the pizzas in foil, and freeze. Alternatively, you can freeze the pizzas on a baking sheet for about 30 minutes, then store in a gallon-sized ziplock bag.
To bake: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F, and place the frozen pizza on a baking stone or pizza pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the pizza is heated through.
Source: A Stick a Fork in It original recipe.