As many of you know, I absolutely adore pizza. It is probably my favorite food. Although I am low carbing these days to keep my blood sugar normal, I do allow myself one cheat meal a week and it is almost always pizza. I try to avoid processed sugar most of the time and white bread is typically a no-no, but pizza is balanced, right? Okay, I know it isn’t but I have it rarely.
Tonight was one of those nights I just wanted pizza, so when my daughter asked if we could pick up a Chef Boyardee cheese pizza kit, I figured why not.
If you’ve never tried one of these kits, you are missing out. And no, they aren’t paying me or compensating me in any way to state that. I just find that these little kits are super simple and that they are tasty enough to satisfy the whole family.
What’s in the Kit
You can certainly just use the kit for a simple cheese pizza (they have pepperoni kits, too, but I prefer larger pepperonis than they come with). The kit includes:
- Pizza dough (you’ll need to add warm water)
- Pizza sauce
- Powdered cheese
Some Tips to Get a Great Crust for Your Pizza
So, the dough in this kit is a bit sticky. You’ll mix in some warm water and let it sit about five minutes while the yeast activates and it begins to rise. The directions will tell you to grease a pan, but I find it works much better to line your pizza pan with parchment paper.
Next, use some canola oil to lightly coat your hands and then shape the dough as thin or thick as you’d like. I also like to create a little edge to hold in the sauce and toppings.
Hacking the Chef Boy Ardee Pizza
If you want to take this pizza kit from good to extraordinary, then you need to tweak it a bit. This will take a couple more minutes of your time, but is well worth the effort. For us, we added some fresh basil from the amazing raised bed herb garden my husband built me this year. Some other things you can add:
- Pepperoni, sausage, bacon, hamburger, ham
- Fresh veggies
- Fresh oregano
- Crushed garlic
I also like to add a bit of shredded to cheese to round out the taste. I use a five-cheese blend, but you can also just use mozzarella.
Make sure your oven is preheated to the recommended 425 degrees Fahrenheit. A hot oven cooks the crust evenly. The parchment paper will allow it to brown even on the bottom. Cook until bubbly and starting to brown. Allow to cool five to ten minutes. Cut and serve. Yum!
You can have this on the table faster than ordering delivery.