A one-pan pizza to make at your next gathering to make for an easy meal.
1/3 cup olive oil
1 store-bought pizza dough, rested out of the fridge for 30 mins
1 cup pizza sauce, marinara sauce, pesto or bbq sauce
Cheese (choose one of the following)
3 cups shredded cheese such as mozzarella, cheddar, gouda, asiago, fontina - or a combination
2 burrata balls
2 cups ricotta, drained, mixed with 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
300g goat cheese (1 large log) at room temperature, mixed with 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 cups blue cheese, crumbled
Toppings - choose as many or as few as you like
Sausages, casings removed and browned into small pieces
Bacon slices, crisped and roughly chopped
Ham, roughly chopped
Grilled chicken breast, cut into strips
Red, yellow or orange peppers, thinly sliced
Zucchini, thinly sliced into rounds
Cherry tomatoes, halved
Eggplant, thinly sliced and lightly sautéed in olive oil
Mushrooms, sliced and lightly sautéed in olive oil
Red onions, thinly sliced and lightly sautéed in olive oil
Canned artichokes, roughly chopped
Sun-dried tomatoes, roughly chopped
Sliced black or green olives
Fresh herbs such as Italian parsley, dill, basil or oregano (optional)
Fresh greens such as arugula or baby kale (optional)
Dried herbs such as dried oregano, cracked black pepper or hot chilli flakes (optional)
Chilli oil, hot sauce, honey, olive oil (optional)
Preheat oven to 450°F
Pour oil over the bottom of the sheet pan and brush to cover. Stretch out the relaxed pizza dough onto the sheet pan, ensuring the dough fills the whole pan. If the dough is still stubborn and not stretching out to fill the pan, give it a bit more time to rest - don’t worry, it will get there! Using a fork prick the dough all over; this will prevent the dough from forming air bubbles during baking. Bake the dough for six minutes, remove it from the oven and crank the heat up to 500°F.
While the oven temp is climbing in temperature, top your pizza. Spread desired sauce onto the par-baked dough, cover with cheese, and top with whatever toppings you wish. If using burrata, tear the outer layer revealing the creamy curd on the inside. Distribute the torn pieces and the curd over the whole pizza. Don’t worry about over-topping your pizza - the heftiness of this pizza can handle it!
Bake the pizza in the hot oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the crust is golden brown and crispy.
Once out of the oven, it’s time to finish the pizza. Depending on what toppings you chose, cap it off with whatever finishers feel right. Hot tip: brush the crust with honey and a sprinkling of chili flakes for a spicy sweet ending! Enjoy!