I’m lucky in that my husband, Andrew, and I both love to cook. Most weeknights, we’re in the kitchen together tag-teaming dinner. We each have our own strengths and weaknesses: Andrew makes an amazing pesto and is a master at rolling out pizza dough, but won’t touch anything discolored, bruised, or showing the slightest sign of mold. I’m great at improvising on the fly and multitasking, but I hate touching raw meat and almost always cut my fingers on the cheese grater. No matter our strengths or weaknesses, we always have a good time in the kitchen together.
One of our favorite meals to make together is pizza. Partly because we both love pizza, but also because thanks to TJ’s ready-made pizza dough, it’s quick, easy, and hard to mess up.
Date Night Dinner: PIZZA PARTY
What you’ll need
Pizza crust – TJ’s sells three flavors of refrigerated pizza dough: plain, wheat, and herbs & spices. All of them are great, we usually just rotate through the three. You buy the dough as a big blob in a bag, so right before you’re ready to bake your pizza, someone is going to get to roll it out as thick or as thin as desired.
Sauce (or not) – I’m not a huge tomato sauce fan, and neither is Andrew, so we usually opt for pesto over red sauce. Sometimes we’ll just use a little olive oil, or even go sauce-less altogether. A no-sauce pizza is basically a flat bread. Very hip. Very trendy.
Cheese – I guess this one is optional too… but really why would you do that? Cheese is the best part! You can stick with mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan, or get exotic with goat cheese, manchego, or ricotta.
Toppings – Anything is fair game, here. Try recreating your favorite delivery or restaurant pizza, or just use what’s laying around! Some of our go-to toppings include: onion, pepper, broccoli, zucchini, tomato, kale, apple, pineapple, salami, pepperoni, bacon, and sun-dried tomato.
The one rule of pizza making is that THERE ARE NO RULES. I repeat, there are no rules. If you want to put all the toppings on first and all the cheese on top, you do you. If you want to use barbeque sauce instead of pesto or red, go for it. If you want to fold your pizza over and create a calzone, no one is stopping you. Half the fun of making pizza for dinner is playing around while making the pizza. The other half is eating the pizza, in case that wasn’t clear.
Happy date night!