Baking Cooking Recipe

Frozen Pizza, 2 Ways

May 3, 2016

As many of you know, I’ve been spending the last few months preparing for the arrival of my baby boy! My due date is now less than a month away- and instead of manic nesting energy- I find myself incredibly sleepy! I’m hoping to give my body the rest it needs now so that I can store up some energy for the home stretch. Along those lines, my pre-baby freezer meal prep for the week is cheat your butt off frozen pizza! The sauce, dough, and cheese are all store bought. The meatballs are leftovers from Sunday dinner. The second version is a vegan, veggie pizza with a sweet onion/garlic sauce. I recently saw it on A Beautiful Mess, and I have been dying to make it ever since. This one requires more work, because you have to make the sauce and cook the veggies a little- but the dough is still store bought.

From reading I’ve done, the key to making a good homemade frozen pizza seems to be pre cooking your pizza dough a little bit, and wrapping them really well to prevent freezer burn.  I’m planning on making four small pizzas, so that they aren’t so floppy that they fall apart on me when I am trying to move them to the freezer!

What You’ll Need:

2 bags refrigerated pizza dough

flour (for rolling)

(for traditional pizza)

1 small jar of sauce

1 bag of shredded mozzerella cheese

2 sliced meatballs (or whatever is in your fridge)

Penzey’s Pizza Seasoning

(for veggie pizza- adapted from A Beautiful Mess)

1 medium onion

4 cloves of garlic

1/2 large green pepper

2 big handfuls of spinach leaves

1 quarter of a medium zucchini

Penzey’s Italian Herb Mix

2 tblspn olive oil (plus more for drizzling)

1 tblspn balsamic vinegar

 

The first step is to remove the paper from your onion and garlic cloves, drizzle them with olive oil, and wrap them in tin foil. Bake them for about 45 minutes at 400 degrees.

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While your onion and garlic is roasting, chop up your veggies into thin slices (I chose peppers, zucchini, and spinach- but you can use whatever you want), and sauté them with olive oil and italian herb mix until they are just starting to get soft. You do not need to fully cook them because everything  will be baked when you are actually getting ready to eat your frozen pizza. Once your veggies are slightly softened, you can set them aside while you wait for your other veggies to be done roasting.

Once the garlic and onions are finished roasting, set the temperature to 375 degrees, and begin rolling out your dough into four small pizzas. I baked my rolled out dough for about 6 minutes at first, but I noticed that when I left the dough in for 2 minutes longer by accident, it was slightly more sturdy for wrapping the pizzas later. So, I’d say bake your dough for about 6-8 minutes, depending upon what makes sense to you.

Dough before baking

Dough before baking

Dough after being baked for about 7 minutes. It will look similar to the raw dough, but you will be able to move it without it breaking.

Dough after being baked for about 7 minutes. It will look similar to the raw dough, but you will be able to move it without it breaking.

While you are baking the dough, prepare the onion and garlic sauce. Blend the onion and garlic cloves with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar until it is pureed into a thick sauce. Once that is completed, make room to assemble your pizzas and gather the rest of your toppings.

For the traditional pizzas, I spread on tomato sauce, scattered slices of meatball, and covered them in mozzarella cheese. I figured if I covered the sauce in cheese, it would be less likely to all stick to the plastic wrap! I also sprinkled on the pizza seasoning.

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For the veggie pizzas, I divided the onion and garlic sauce between the two pizzas and spread them over each. Next, I added the softened veggies. It turned out that I cooked a large amount of veggies, but I used all of them anyway since these pizzas do not contain meat or cheese.

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This may be overkill, but I wrapped each pizza tightly in three layers of plastic wrap. I stacked them neatly and nestled them into the freezer. According to Emma of A Beautiful Mess, you need to thaw the pizza for at least an hour before you intend to bake it, and then bake it for 18-22 minutes at 400 degrees. Definitely keep an eye on your pizza as ovens can have some variations! I hope these come out good- because I will be saving them for easy meals after the baby is born! I think either of these types of  pizzas would be a nice dinner for two with a big salad- or a really generous dinner for one with no sides. Enjoy!

Pizzas tightly wrapped and ready to be stored in the freezer!

Pizzas tightly wrapped and ready to be stored in the freezer!

 

 

 

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