If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know I love pizza. We eat it a couple of times a week here at my house. With two growing boys, we have to keep up with their appetites and one thing I know is that pizza is a great way to fill them up!
I wanted to share two methods to make a perfect pizza at home with Trader Joe’s fresh pizza dough. I prefer their plain dough, but the whole wheat and herbed dough will also work exactly the same for both these recipes. (The second method is a regular round pizza in my Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough Review)
The first one I am going to make is the pan pizza. This is so simple, you’ll never buy frozen pizza again! You just put the dough on the sheet pan top it with your favorite pizza toppings and bake it. Pretty simple if you ask me! First, let’s get to the ingredients list for a simple pepperoni sheet pan pizza:
- Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough (plain, herb, or whole wheat)
- Trader Joe’s Pizza Sauce (or whatever sauce you like)
- Trader Joe’s Whole Milk Mozzarella or Trader Joe’s Quattro Formaggio
- Pepperoni (varies by Trader Joe’s locations)
- Trader Joe’s Dried Oregano
- Trader Joe’s Olive Oil, about 1 tablespoon
- Any topping you want, Mushrooms, veggies, pineapples, whatever!
Also, you will need a sheet pan. I like this one:
Preheat your oven to 425. Make sure it’s at the right temperature before you assemble everything else.
2. Start with a bag of Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough. I like the plain one the best. You will need a sheet pan for this recipe.
For my pepperoni pizza, I use the Volpi pepperoni, Trader Joe’s whole milk mozzarella and Trader Joe’s Arrabiata sauce. I like this sauce because it has more flavor and spice than the regular pizza sauce, but use whatever you like!
First, we spread a good tablespoon of olive oil on the baking sheet. Then take the dough out of the bag put it on the oiled baking sheet, and punch it down until it’s kind of flat. Rub a small amount of oil on top and let it rest for about 30 minutes covered with plastic wrap. Letting the dough rest makes it easier to spread out.
Letting the dough rest lets it rise a bit more and warm up. It also softens the dough a bit so it’s easier to form. Push the dough out towards all the corners, completely filling the sheet pan
Spread the sauce out as far as you want. Some people like to go all the way to the edge and some like an edge to hold on to.
Now add the shredded cheese on top.
Lay the pepperoni on the cheese and sprinkle with dried oregano.
Pop the pizza in the oven on a middle rack. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, but keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. The edges will start to turn brown and the middle should be completely melted and bubbly.
Voila! It’s done! cut with a knife or pizza cutter right in the pan and serve.
You’ll need a good pizza wheel to cut that pizza. This is my favorite. I have had mine for years!