We went over to our family friend's house for their spectacular Toddler Pizza Party... It was a huge hit. The crust was made ahead of time, which we all rolled out on to cornmeal. I have never used cornmeal on pizza dough before, but it was so easy. The kids loved it. Also, our friend hid a ton of vegetables in her tomato sauce including zucchini and carrots... I will ask her for her recipe, but until then here is my recipe for tomato sauce with veggies.
To make the Veggie Tomato Sauce:
1 can of 14 oz diced tomatoes
1 small zucchini
1 small yellow squash
1 cup of baby spinach
salt and pepper
What you do:
1. Peel and cut the vegetables in to a rough dice. Add everything including the tomatoes to your food processor or blender. Puree until smooth.
2. Add to a heavy bottomed skillet on medium heat, bring to a boil, and lower to a simmer. Allow to cook until thickened about 10 minutes. Feel free to add salt, pepper, Italian seasoning as you enjoy.
In case you need a Crust Recipe here is mine:
1 cup of warm water
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 Tablespoon of yeast (1 package)
4 cups of flour
3 Tablespoons of olive oil
Pizza Sauce and Toppings
What you do:
- Mix the warm water, sugar, and yeast. Let sit and get bubbly to make sure that your yeast is still alive.
- Add to your standing mixer fitted with the paddle. Add flour one cup at a time until incorporated. Add the oil until achieve a dough that pulls away from the sides. Switch your paddle to the dough hook and let the dough be kneaded for 5 minutes. Cover with olive oil and plastic wrap to rest until doubled in size about an hour.
- Preheat your oven to 500. If you have a pizza stone let it heat up as well inside the oven.
- Divide the dough and roll out to the desired size. This dough will make 3 medium size pizzas or 2 large pizzas. You can also store half in the freezer if you like.
- Roll to your desired thickness, my family likes a thin crust.
- Allow your toddlers to dress their own pizzas.
- Top, and cook in your oven for 10 minutes or until the bottom is cooked and toppings are warmed through and the cheese is melted.
All the best, many blessings, much love, and Happy Pizza Making!