This weekend’s freezer cooking challenge is going to be – homemade frozen pizzas.
Homemade frozen pizzas have become a freezer meal staple in my house. I love having them available for busy nights where all I need or want to do is just turn the oven on.
In the past, I would make and freeze the pizza dough, pizza sauce, and cheese separately – kinda like a pizza freezer kit. However, I have found it to be much more convenient to have these pizzas already assembled and ready to bake. This way during the week I don’t have to fuss around with thawing out the ingredients – I can just preheat the oven and pop it in. If you prefer to make a kit then by all means do so.
Making homemade pizza instead of ordering out is not only healthier, because you control the ingredients, but you also save a good amount of money. Every time we order pizza we spend at least $20. A basic cheese and pepperoni homemade pizza, according to my calculations, cost about $3. Not to mention that homemade always taste better – even my kids think so.
I make my own pizza dough and sauce for my frozen pizzas. If you don’t have a bread machine or don’t want to make it by hand you can purchase fresh pizza dough from the supermarket. I never made frozen pizzas with canned pizza dough (ex. Pillsbury) so I am not sure how that would turn out. If you try it let me know.
A variety of pizza toppings can be used on homemade frozen pizzas. I usually make a few basic cheese and pepperoni pizzas but also have ventured out and used sausage, peppers, mushrooms, and other pizza toppings.
Here are few topping tips based on my experiences:
- Meats should be cooked prior to putting on the pizza – don’t freeze the pizza with raw meat.
- I typically use frozen vegetables if I want vegetables on my pizza. I have found these to freeze and cook much better then using fresh. The exception would be if you cooked the vegetables first by roasting or grilling.
- Also, some of you asked about the dough getting soggy from the sauce. I have never had that experience and I have made close to 30 or more frozen pizzas. If you are concerned I have seen other people put a little bit of mozzarella cheese on the dough, before par baking it, to “seal” the dough. Like I said I have never had that problem.
I also found some other helpful articles on making homemade frozen pizzas.
I hope you find some helpful information in those articles. This weekend, my goal is to make 4 large pizzas and about 8 individual frozen pizzas. My plan is to start making the dough tomorrow and then par baked, assemble, and freeze on Sunday.
Of course, I will be making breakfast sandwiches and burritos as well – my family chows those down every week.
What will be on your freezer cooking agenda this weekend? Will you join me in making homemade frozen pizzas or will you be making some other freezer cooking goodies?
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