Work. Its that pesky thing I do from 8am-5pm every day. It pays the bills. Unfortunately, I don’t like my day job and some days it really gets to me. I get home tired and a bit depressed (I’m working on getting out of the position but God is trying to teach me patience ). Some days, getting in the kitchen and cooking and creating something from scratch is exactly what I need. Other days, I need to put on PJs, bum out in front of the TV with junk food. Now I wouldn’t call these freezer pizza junk food exactly but it satisfies the craving without eating anything too bad for me or my waistline.
We love pizza though. I especially love how easy they are to freeze. You are almost always guaranteed to find some sort of homemade pizza in our freezer. Some of our faves are bagel bite and english muffin pizzas. But you can also freeze Pita Bread to use as pizza crusts as well! It wasn’t until Shawnda posted about freezing homemade crust that I started making my own crust and freezing it. Why did this not occur to me before??? Homemade crust makes way better weeknight pizza than bagel bites or english muffins! Thanks Shawnda!
The thing I love most about making Frozen Pizza is that they are so easy to whip up over the weekend. I start with at least a double batch of dough so I can knock out several meals all at once. You can top them with all the toppings of your choosing so all you have to do is take it from freezer to oven, or you can leave these crusts untopped and top them off when you’re ready to eat. Your call. Personally, I think they taste a little better if you top them off just before baking with fresh ingredients but they’re not bad at all totally assembled and tossed in the oven! Give this one a try!
Pizza Dough (highly recommend making at least a double batch of dough)
Toppings (if desired)
Make your dough according to recipe instructions through the point where you need to shape the dough. Set oven rack in middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 500°F. Sprinkle baking sheet(s) lightly with cornmeal.
Divide dough into desired number of crusts. (For the recipe above I usually make 2 crusts from 1 batch of dough). Stretch each dough round into a 7-8 inch round and place on the prepared baking pans. Bake the crusts for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Repeat for as many crusts as you need to prepare.
To freeze: Place the cooled crusts on a baking sheet that fits in the freezer. If you want to freeze your pizza assembled, top with toppings of choice. Put baking sheet(s) in the freezer. Once frozen through, store the pizzas in freezer bags (since frozen individually, you can store however many you can fit in a bag; they won’t stick).
To reheat: Set oven rack to top third of oven. Preheat to 425°F. Place the frozen pizza on a baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until toppings are bubbly and crust is golden brown.
Source: Adapted from Confections of a Foodie Bride