How to Make a Good Pizza Great

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Amanda-Maynes_1350588By Amanda Maynes

We’ve all had okay pizza before. It does not taste special – the crust might have been edible, but not memorable. The sauce might have lacked taste or seasonings. The cheese might have been greasy or not even melted well. Good pizza is fine, but great pizza is amazing.

Why suffer good pizza if you could make a great pizza that’ll wow your friends and family? Making a good pizza into a masterpiece is not that hard to do. You’ve just got to focus on these essential parts of the pizza: sauce, cheese, crust, and toppings.

Spice up the sauce

If you’re getting your pizza sauce straight out of a can, stop right there. It’s not a problem to use pizza sauce from a can, but the problem lies in the fact that you’re not customizing it to your likes. Adding more spices to your sauce might give it that extra zing you need to get your pizza from good to great.

So what spices can you use? Try the classic Italian seasonings: oregano, basil, garlic, etc. You could also try adding sage, thyme, or rosemary if you love those spices. You may even want to add those seasonings to the top of the pizza before baking for added flavor.

Use better cheese

Lots of cheese is good on pizza, but some cheese is exceptional on pizza. Fresh mozzarella can be a delicious choice for a pizza (as long as you pat out the extra moisture). You might like to try multiple cheeses on a pizza like cheddar, blue cheese, gorgonzola, or parmesan shavings, too.

Build a better crust

The crust is the foundation of any great pizza. Have a great crust and it will help your pizza stand out in taste. A pre-made pizza crust is usually the issue – making a homemade pizza crust results in a more delicious crust and one that can be personalized to your tastes.

People differ on what crusts they prefer, but no one likes a soggy or tasteless pizza crust. The best way to avoid a soggy crust is by not putting on too much sauce. Also, you want to saute any veggies before putting them as toppings so that they don’t leak out too much water during the baking process (especially true with mushrooms).

Another way to avoid a soggy crust is to use a pizza stone in the oven and sprinkle it with fine cornmeal. Make sure your oven is super hot, 400-500 degrees Fahrenheit, when you bake the pizza as well. This will give your crust a more professional look and taste.

No one says you have to do a plain pizza crust either. You can spice it up with seasonings, such as oregano, basil, and garlic powder for a more, traditional Italian pizza. If you’re doing a nontraditional pizza, think about what spices you can add in the crust to complement the sauce, cheese, and toppings.

Think about the toppings

Toppings don’t have to be an after-thought. They play a huge part in how great your pizza tastes. Use toppings and seasonings that complement each other and the pizza to make an excellent pizza.

That being said, experimentation is fun with pizzas so don’t be afraid to try out a new type of pizza. You might just discover a new tasty favorite while taking your pizza from good to great!

Amanda Maynes is an aspiring writer with a wealth of knowledge in the areas of health and fitness. She enjoys researching and writing about different topics with the aim of benefiting her readers. If you liked this article, check out how to make pizza dough from scratch.

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