Does it matter what order I build the pizza?
When making pizza at home, I’ve found that it’s best to top in the following order:
crust --> sauce --> cooked meat and/or vegetables --> cheese.
Adding the cheese last ensures that all your toppings will stay safely on the pizza once the cheese melts. At restaurants, deep-dish pizza is sometimes topped with sauce last, followed by a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, but at home I go the safe route.
If you plan to add some fresh green leafy vegetables or delicate herbs to your pizza, add them at the end, after the pizza is fully cooked. The residual heat will lightly wilt the greens and help bring out their flavor. Fresh basil and arugula are my favorites. I love to dress some arugula with a little vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper then top the pizza with it for a pizza-salad combo.
If you’d rather add leafy greens to your pizza before baking, try adding them on top of the sauce. That way, there’s less risk that they’ll burn in the oven.
Can you make pizza without cheese?
Absolutely. Many people avoid dairy for dietary reasons, and some people prefer to have their pizza more flatbread style, without cheese. Whatever your reasons, it’s absolutely acceptable to make pizza without cheese. Just proceed as normal when making it at home, but skip the cheese step. Be careful when cutting into the finished pie, because the toppings will move around more easily without a layer of cheese to hold them on.
For those looking for a dairy-free cheese alternative, Daiya is a popular (and tasty!) dairy-free and vegan cheese substitute.
How can you tell when pizza is done?
As long as the crust is golden brown and cooked through, when you take your pizza out of the oven is a matter of personal preference. Some people prefer their cheese golden brown and bubbly, some like it just barely melted.
When you remove the pizza from the oven, let it rest a few minutes so the cheese can set and then cut, serve and eat to your heart’s content!
What should I serve with homemade pizza for a complete meal?
Pizza is awesome because it usually has most of the food groups already in it. If your pizza doesn’t have any veggies, try serving it with a large green salad. Spinach-strawberry salad or spring salad with ginger dressing make perfect complements to a pizza. You could stick with the Italian theme and serve a caprese-style pasta salad.
Breadsticks are also a natural side dish for pizza and our twisted garlic bread recipe made with pizza crust is a big win with kids. It’s easy to make and fun to dip in your homemade pizza sauce! This 5-Ingredient Crescent Cheesy Bread is also a nice addition to homemade pizza.
How long does leftover pizza last?
Like any food, be sure to refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours of the end of the cooking time. According to the USDA, leftover pizza can be kept in a refrigerator for 3-4 days. In the freezer, it can last 1-2 months. For best results, store leftover pizza in an airtight container.
What’s the best way to reheat refrigerated pizza?
Day-old pizza reheats well in a dry nonstick skillet. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes (watch carefully so it doesn’t burn) to crisp the crust and help the cheese regain its freshly melted, ooey goodness.
Reheating on a pizza stone or pizza crisper is another option, but it certainly takes longer to get the pizza hot.
Our advice: Unless you’re in crisis and have no time to wait, avoid a nuked nightmare and never microwave your pizza.