Quarantine Recipe: Homemade Pizza with Your Kids

Cooking with your kids can be a great way to connect with them and help reduce their screen time during this quarantine. This is not so  much a recipe as an activity outiline. It will probably be best to work at the kitchen table.

Mom and Dad will need to do some of the work ahead, like cuting up the vegetables and cooking the sausage, unless there are some older kids in your house that you can trust with a knife or using the stove. Remember to preheat the oven to 450 degrees f for the Pita or Naan and follow the directions for the premade crusts and dough.

This plan is also very forgiving of changes. just plan on one mini crust per person, or one-quarter to one-third of the ready-made dough per person. If you have a lot of smaller people, you can also find Mini Naan or use English Muffins that should satisfy their appitites.

Ingredients:

4 each Pita Bread, Naan Bread, Mini Ready Made Pizza Crusts (check Dollar Tree for Thin and Crispy Crusts) or Ready Made Pizza Dough

1 or 2 Jars Ready Made Pizza Sauce

1 bag Shredded Mozzarella Cheeze (size depends on how much cheeze your family likes on their pizzas)

Grated Parmesan Cheese

Assorted Pizza Toppings (get whatever your family likes: Pepperoni, Sausage, Onions, Green Peppers, Broccoli, Mushrooms, etc.)

Difficulty: Easy. Shopping Needed for Average Household: Pizza Sauce, Crusts and Assorted Toppings.

Pre-planning needed: None.

Prep Time: 20 Minutes, Cook Time: 15-25 Minutes

Yield: 4 Servings

1.  Let each one of your kids and adults have a crust to work on, If you are using the ready made dough, let each person, young or young-at-heart, have a portion to roll out themselves, and top each rolled out portion with a bit of the pizza sauce. Don't use too much sauce or the pizza might get soggy.

2.  Let everyone top the sauce with some Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

3.  Everyone gets to top their own pizza, with a bit of adult supervision. Too many toppings will prevent the ready-made pizza dough from baking right and there will be raw spots of dough in the finished pizza and unmelted cheese on the Pita, Naan, or pre-baked crusts. Too many toppings will also be hard for smaller children to finish eating.

4.  Line a baking sheet or two with parchment paper and transfer everyone's creations to it. Use a Sharpie to write the name of the Pizza Artist next to their creation (about an inch away with an arrow pointing to it) so that everyone gets the right pizza). Bake for 15-25 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the crust is cooked to the desired crispiness. Have everyone help in the cleanup and setting of the table while the pizzas bake.

5.  Let the pizzas sit for a few minutes before cutting and serving. A side salad from a bagged mix with a few cucumbers and tomatoes is all you need to complete the meal.

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