Can't Stand the Heat: Personal Pizza

A friend of mine told me he knew how to make pizza. If there’s anything I’ve learned through this cooking project of mine it's that if anyone says they know how to make one thing really well, have them teach you. Chances are they have perfected their own recipe and tweaked it to greatness. This is always the safer choice for beginner cooks, like me, who could take any recipe off the internet and ruin it.

We made pizza because it’s delicious and pretty easy to make. I will also be on a tight budget next year, so I chose not to make the dough myself because honestly, between classes and life, I probably won’t have enough time or money. If you want to make the dough, I put directions at the bottom.


gavel3-300x300What you need :

2 cloves of garlic

1 slice of white onion

6 basil leaves

1 tbsp of vegetable oil

1 block of mozzarella cheese

1 small glass of white wine

6 oz. can of tomato puree

1 package of pizza dough

4 oz. flour


Step 1 : Preparing the dough

When you open the package of pre made dough, lay it on a plate with flour on it. You won’t be using all the flour on the plate. Mix it on the dough so that it doesn’t stick to the pan. Essentially, you’ll know when you’re done mixing in flour when the dough no longer sticks to your hands.

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Sprinkle a little flour onto the pan and place the dough directly onto the pan. I chose to shape the dough into a rectangle, against my friend's wishes, because why not?


Step 2 : Making the sauce

Making your own sauce can be the difference between a good pizza and a great one. To make the sauce, first dice the onions, garlic and basil and cook them in a pan with a spoonful of vegetable oil. After about five minutes, the garlic and onions should look brown. Pour the small glass of white wine on top and turn the heat down half way. Once the wine starts to bubble in the pan add about 6 oz of tomato puree. Add the basil leaves into the sauce. Leave it to cook for roughly five minutes and make sure to mix it in well with the contents of the pan.

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Then, spread the sauce into the dough laid out on the pan. Now place the grated cheese on top of the sauce. I stuck with cheese this time, but if you want to add other toppings, do it now !


Step 3 : Perfect Personal Pizza

Place the pizza into the oven (preheated for 10 minutes). Leave to cook for 10-12 minutes.

This serves two people. Unless you want to cut it into a bunch of squares and have a fun party snack. Now serve the pizza and play Card Against Humanity. Oh wait, was that just us?


Step 1.5 : Making the dough from scratch

Like I said, I didn't make the dough. BUT I have friends in high places. And by high places I mean she knows how to make pizza dough because she's Italian. Here are the instructions I received.

Pour one package of yeast and one tsp of sugar into one cup of warm water. Let it stand for five minutes. Add two tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Mix one tbsp of salt and 3 cups of flour in a separate bowl. Make a small well in the flour and add the water and yeast mixture. Cover the dough with a towel and let it rise for one hour, until it's risen more than double.


School, major and year: A&S, Economics, 2015
HometownRancho Cucamonga, California
What makes the Gavel so BANGin’? We keep it fresh. It’s drippin with swagger and is home to some of the coolest cats on campus. The Gavel is always fun and I’ve met nothing short of amazing people and writers here.
You have 24 hours to give prospective students a tour of BC and convince them to enroll. How do you spend the day? I’d start by getting some coffee and a personalized omelet at Mac. Then we’d go lose our voices at a football game and wear our super awesome Superfan shirts. We would then go see one of the amazing Acapella groups perform. We’d get some Mac N Cheese from the Rat for lunch. We would go see My Mother’s Fleabag for an awesome good time. Then we’d take a break and visit the dorms (i.e. sit in my room and watch Mean Girls…because Mean Girls.). We would then go to a hockey game, then to the Mods, and end the night at Late Night.
If you could go back in time and give yourself a pep talk the night before you moved into BC as a freshman, what is the most important piece of advice that you would give to your former self? Eat your vegetables and take a lot of pictures.
What is your favorite study spot on campus? The Rat
What is your go-to meal at Late Night? That delicious Simply Orange juice the dining halls always have stocked. This and a personal pizza topped with ketchup. Judge all you want, but ketchup on pizza is the best thing to happen since Game of Thrones.
What is the #1 most played song on your iTunes? “I Always Knew” by the Vaccines
What is the best Halloween costume that you have ever worn? I was Minnie Mouse as a kid. Not trying to brag, but I rocked the ears off that costume.
If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which would you choose? Del Taco
If you could befriend the main characters from any TV show or movie, who would you choose and why? Easy. Harry Potter. (I’m assuming) I’d get to go to Hogwarts, be a wizard AND be friends with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. It’s a win win, for me anyway. If I can’t be a wizard then i’d be friends with the main characters from This Is The End.