Who doesn't absolutely love a delicious pizza? Pizza is one of those things that just about everyone craves from time to time, but if you have a lot of allergies, it can be difficult to indulge those cravings. We get so many questions about the best ways to prepare our pizza crusts, so we are sharing our tips and tricks to make your pizza just right!
Olivia Superfree pizza crust with green peppers, grape tomatoes, and a vegan cheese!
If you're running short on time, you can absolutely pull the pizza crust straight out of the freezer, top it, and bake it, but that will leave you with a softer crust. We encourage you to take your pizza crust out of the freezer and let it sit for 10-20 minutes so that it can thaw. That'll give you a crispier crust.
Another way to get your crust to crisp up on the bottom is to bake it directly on the oven rack. It's a good idea to place a pan on the rack beneath your pizza just to make sure to catch any thing that might drip off the side of the pizza.
Make sure to pre-set your oven to at least 375 degrees! It's important to know your oven and how it bakes though, because every oven is different and will bake things at different speeds. If your oven tends to run on the lower side, or you want to cook your pizza a little faster, feel free to up the temperature (but make sure to watch your pizza!).
We made a pizza for everyone! A pepperoni with regular cheese, a veggie pizza with vegan cheese, and a pepper, mushroom, onion pizza with fresh herbs!
As far as toppings go, the sky's the limit! We're big fans of a creamy sauce topped with apples, prosciutto, shallots, and bleu cheese, but a vegan cheeseless version is just as amazing if you use well seasoned veggies and sauce to top it with! Of course, there are some great vegan cheese options out there, but you can definitely go without and still have a tasty pizza.
Bake on a pan for a softer crust, or bake directly on the rack (with a pan on the rack below to prevent spillage) for a crispier crust.
As soon as you finish topping your pizza, place it in the oven. Remember, you have options here. You can add a little olive or avocado oil on a pan and place your pizza crust on that, or, you can place your pizza directly on the rack to get it to crisp up better. With a 375 degree oven, you'll want to check your pizza after 12 - 15 minutes. Depending on how many toppings you loaded your pizza crust with, you'll need more time, so make sure to set a timer for every few minutes after that. Once your cheese is light brown and bubbling or your veggies are crisping, your pizza is done, but this is your pizza, so if you like it baked more than that, then do whatever you like!
The final baked product!
Finally, top your pizza with some fresh herbs (or just dig in!), and you're ready to serve your pizza! If you're vegan and looking for some extra richness on your pizza, top it with some avocado!
This is the green pepper, mushroom, onion pizza, topped with a healthy dose of avocado.
You can also make flat bread to serve with meals, like we did below. Just brush with oil and top with fresh herbs, garlic, and any veggies!
We hope this helps you make the best pizza that you can, and if you have any other questions, please comment below!