IMG_1687 (1)Pizza is a lovely food to cook at home, especially with kids. There are just so many combinations to try, and it’s hard to go wrong. Your creation can be as simple or interesting as you like.

You will need:

  • Pizza bases / crust – one per person, plus some spares
  • Tomato sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Meaty toppings: chopped sausage, bacon bits, ham, salami, pepperoni, chicken
    (note: these all need to be pre-cooked)
  • Veg toppings: peppers, basil leaves, mushrooms, onion, pineapple and chilli!
  • You can also try interesting sauces such as BBQ, Chilli
  • Grated cheese: parmigiana, mozzarella (fresh or shredded) or cheddar
  • Seasoning: a black pepper grinder ideally
  • Chopping boards, knives, baking trays, spoons, pastry brush.

Preheat your oven to 260C, 500F. Make sure it has time to get properly hot.
Give each person a pizza base, out of it’s packaging. Place onto a baking sheet or tray (round or rectangular). You’ll either need plenty of trays, or take it in turns to cook the pizzas. Use the pastry brush to spread olive oil over the pizza base – a thin layer is fine.

Now ask the guests to spread their tomato sauce on the pizza base. They can use as much or as little as they like. Just spoon it on and spread right to the sides. If you use a lot, the toppings tend not to stick properly.

Next, add the toppings. This is the fun part. The kids can do what they want really. You can get them involved in chopping up the toppings – the peppers, pepperoni, mushrooms, or you can do this yourself beforehand. It’s best to use the heavier toppings first, then the lighter ones – like peppers, cheese, etc on top. Avoid having too much topping as it gets a bit unstable!

Sprinkle parmigiana, mozzarella or cheddar on top to finish. Season.

Put the pizza in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.
Allow to cool for a few minutes before slicing to eat.