National Pizza Month: Four ways to celebrate this comfort food
“IDEAS ARE LIKE PIZZA DOUGH, MADE TO BE TOSSED AROUND.”
For some, October might mean fall colours, Halloween fun, and Thanksgiving dinners. But Canadians will also be celebrating National Pizza Month. While Pizza lovers will argue there hardly needs to be a reason to celebrate this delicious comfort food, who are we to pass up on an opportunity to eat pizza?
Although it may be unrealistic to eat pizza every day this month, we believe we can help expand your knowledge of how to make the best homemade pizza with a simple recipe from Chef Nick of Lepp Farm Market, which is only 10 minutes from our Delair Court Apartments in Abbotsford, British Columbia.
Chef Nick shares his detailed recipe here with us: https://www.leppfarmmarket.com/homemade-pizza/
If you ever wanted to try your hand at making your own pizza, National Pizza Month is a great motivator. Pizza making is a fantastic date or fun family activity. And of course, you can try your hand at adding whatever toppings you can dream of - an absolute free pass for the pineapple-on-pizza-lovers.
Below are a few tips from CHEF NICK’s RECIPE TO MAKE homemade pizza
Pizza Dough Prep – Take your pizza dough through rounds of resting, and stretching, and get your pizza oven fired up in the meantime by preheating to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. If using a pizza stone, put the stone in the oven for preheating. If using a baking sheet, do not preheat the sheet.
Ready to Bake Dough – Spread out the dough with your fingertips and flatten it, removing any air bubbles and then flatten it even further by stretching it out until it is about 10-12 inches in diameter. Brush the rim of the dough with olive oil and sprinkle kosher salt over the surface of the dough as an option.
Top the Pizza – When it comes to adding toppings to your pizza, the sky is the limit. Use a good sauce to spread out onto the base, generously add different kinds of cheese, and then top it off with meats, chopped vegetables, and fresh herbs.
On a Pizza Stone – Finally, put your masterpiece in the oven. Bake for 3 to 5 minutes if baking on a pizza stone. However, if you are baking on a baking sheet, on the middle rack, bake it for 8 to 10 minutes at 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
Here are three more ways you can celebrate National Pizza Month:
- Support local pizza shops: this is a great opportunity to support some of your local pizza shops. A lot of them have specialty pizzas and great deals.
- Throw an Office Pizza Party: a pizza party can be a great bonding activity for your team. If you are meeting in person, order pizzas for the team. If you are meeting on Zoom, send pizza to your team by letting your team members from all over order a pizza of their choice to celebrate.
- Host a Party with Pizza and Pizza Trivia
Over the years, pizza has been so heavily featured in pop culture it can be a fun activity for your next house party. Invite over some friends for a pizza party, complete with pizza trivia, pizza eating contest, etc. Here’s a great site with 72 Pizza Trivia questions! https://www.dogtownpizza.com/blog/72-pizza-trivia-questions-for-your-next-game-night/
In the mood for a challenge, try breaking the record for the world’s largest pizza, which measured 122 feet, 8 inches in diameter, and weighed 26,883 pounds, and make an even larger one.
We can’t wait to hear how you’ll celebrate National Pizza Month this year! Have fun!