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Family dinner night: Individual pizzas

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When you want an easy dinner idea for family night or a Sunday afternoon, think pizza bar. Diners can top pizza dough with all of their favorite ingredients for an easy dinner that is sure to be a favorite among those you love.

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With several crust options, it depends on how much trouble you want to go to. The easiest option is slicing up French bread for thick and hearty French bread pizzas. English muffins, commercial pizza crusts and traditional bagels also work well as an easy base.

Mama's pizzeria

You can often buy raw dough from your favorite local pizza shop, and some stores carry refrigerated pizza dough. You'll need to follow manufacturer's instructions for baking, but as a general rule, you'll roll out the dough in small rounds, and bake it on a lightly greased cookie sheet or pizza stone for about 10 minutes at 450 degrees F.

Of course, making your own dough is another option — just use your favorite recipe. When you are ready for your pizza party, divide the pizza dough into fist size balls.


There are as many types of sauces as you can think of, and many of them are available at your local grocery store. Some to try are:

  • Pesto
  • Pizza sauce
  • Alfredo sauce
  • BBQ sauce
  • Your favorite Asian, Indian or other sauce


Have you been to the local pizzerias lately? Everything goes on pizza now — shrimp, lobster, taco meat and even macaroni and cheese!

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Put your ingredients out in small bowls. Some you might want to try are:

  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Caramelized onions
  • Peppers
  • Pepperoni
  • Jalapeños
  • Ham
  • Pineapple
  • Sausage
  • Taco meat
  • Bacon
  • Spinach
  • Basil
  • Canadian bacon
  • Olives
  • Cheese

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Plan on about two, small pizzas for each person. Put a big bowl of salad on the table and finish the meal with ripe grapes for dessert. It's so easy you'll want to make it a tradition.

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