Updated: Oct 9
Moving to Atlanta from Mississippi really broadened my food tastes (among others) but I have to say: I have always been a pizza snob since I first grabbed a taste of Pizza Shack, right there on Fortification Street in the heart of Jackson, MS.
Before then, my uncultured taste buds were only exposed to the chain guys - and I never really got the "hype" over pizza. It was good, but not something I could eat every day. I'm here to tell you guys... I could eat Pizza Shack pizza every day (if I were one of the lucky ones that never gain weight in the wrong places.)
From that point on, I've tried pizza all around - from NY thin & greasy, Chicago deep dish, West Coast style, even all the way in Italy (Florence was my favorite)... This recipe isn't authentic Italian, but it sure as heck beats the delivery route and saves you so much money.
These are also great for parties and gatherings - it's MIYO (make-it-your-own) so just assemble the crusts, set out the toppings, and let everyone do the rest of the work!
Pizza Crust Mix | 2 ct. | $1.18
Canned Tomato Sauce | 8 oz. | $0.39
Frozen Chopped Spinach, thawed & drained | 6 oz. | $0.50
Cherry Tomatoes, halved | 5 oz. | $1.00
Mozzarella Cheese | 8 oz. | $1.88
Olive Oil | 4 tbsp. | $0.42
1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a pizza pan with non-stick spray, or line the pan with parchment paper and non-stick spray.
2. Add pizza mix to a bowl. Pour 1 cup of hot tap water and stir with a fork until combined.
3. Roll dough into a ball and coat with a bit of vegetable oil. Cover bowl with a towel for 5 - 10 minutes.
4. On a floured surface, take the expanded ball of dough and divide it into two sections. Roll out each section into the shape of your choosing - sometimes you just want a square pizza!
5. In a small bowl, mix olive oil with a pinch of salt, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Brush onto the bottom & sides of pizza crusts.
6. Set pizza dough in the prepared pan and bake for about 5 minutes.
7. While the dough is parbaking, add tomato sauce to a small pan on medium-low heat. Add about a tablespoon of sugar (cuts the acidity of the tomatoes) and any seasonings you like - try garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, and Italian seasonings.
8. Remove the par-baked crusts and spread tomato sauce on each, leaving a bit of room on the edges for the crust. Add your toppings and cheese.
9. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and cheese is fully melted.
10. Remove from the oven and let it sit for 1 - 2 minutes. Top with your favorite pizza toppings: crushed red pepper, parmesan flakes, more cheese, olive oil, etc. Enjoy!
The Coined Breakdown
Total Cost per pizza: $2.69
Total Cost (serving size: 2 personal pizzas): $5.37
Those Other Guys: $8.99 per pizza