Make Your Own Pizza Night: A Fun, Family-Friendly Meal for Any Day of the Week!

This post originally appeared on a blog I contribute to at

Tyner Pond Farm

.  My family and I enjoy their delicious, pasture-raised, non GMO, local meat.  We live in Indianapolis, but if you are looking for a a local farmer to support in your little corner of the world, check out

Local Harvest!

Make Your Own Pizza Night: A Fun Family-Friendly Meal for Any Day of the Week!

Pillsbury Pizza Crust

At our house, pizza is definitely everyone's favorite food.  Even Baby Girl has been known to take down about 3 entire pieces of Papa Johns in under 10 minutes.  If I announce to the gang that it's "Pizza Night", everyone immediately begins some sort of Papa John's chant and runs around fist-pumping.  Sorry folks, we just order delivery for special occasions or super-busy nights.  The only other way everyone gets that excited is when we make our own.  My version of MYO Pizza takes about 10 minutes and I incorporate whatever leftover meat and produce I have from the days before.  Kids love to make their own pizza, and my husband even asked for a little MYO pizza tutorial.  Read on to learn how to create an easy and healthy pizza that fits your family's schedule and appetites...

Start with Store Bought Pizza Crust Or make your own pizza dough.  If you can do this than you clearly have way better time management skills than me!  I use Pillsbury Thin Crust which gives you more than enough dough to fill a sheet pan.

I tear off little pieces and let the kids roll out their own dough while the crust is pre baking for a couple of minutes.  The directions say to use an un-greased pan, but I drizzle a little olive oil to get a crispier crust.

The Toppings Below are some of our very favorite pizza themes.  I only use what I have in the fridge and incorporate whatever Tyner Pond Farm meat I have prepared earlier in the week.  The kids love to help with the toppings and your chances of them actually trying something new have now increased by 34%. Note: This is not scientific data, but the results my experiments have produced!

Pizza Boys Putting on the Sauce

Philly Cheese Steak Pizza

Shredded Pot Roast, leftover from Tyner Pond Farm Chuck Roast

Sliced bell peppers and onions

Shredded provolone cheese and/or Colby jack Hawaiian Pizza

Tyner Pond Farm Bacon, cooked and crumbled

Diced pineapple

Diced green pepper and onion

Shredded mozzarella cheese

BLT Pizza

Tyner Pond Farm Bacon, cooked and crumbled

Sliced or diced tomatoes (I like them cold, so I put them on after I've baked the pizza)

Shredded mozzarella cheese

Shredded iceberg or romaine lettuce, put on while pizza is cooling

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Tyner Pond Farm Chicken, shredded or cut in small pieces

Your favorite store bought BBQ sauce, or make your own

Red onion, thinly sliced

Shredded mozzarella cheese

Crazy Pizza Boys

***We always leave some of the pizza plain cheese for the less-adventurous palate.

Okay, if you are also craving a little Papa John's-esque pizza (like me), you can use Pillsbury Regular pizza crust.  This gives you a big, fluffy crust to dip in MYO garlic butter sauce!  What?!  Yes, it's even slightly healthier. MYO Papa's John's Garlic Sauce 

1/2 stick salted butter

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons garlic powder Instructions: Heat in a saucepan on low heat until incorporated or microwave for 1.5 minutes at power level 7.  You can refrigerate leftover, but it will need to be re-heated and stirred to achieve the right consistency.

Now, if you are feeling really creative, you can create your own delivery experience.  We save a not-too greasy Papa John's takeout box and put our pizza in it.  The kids take turns "ordering" the pizza on my cell phone and going to the front door and pretending to be the delivery guy.  I don't know why this is so fun, but it occupies everyone long enough for me to get the table set, clean some dishes, and pour a glass of wine.

I hope your family can enjoy a new version of "Pizza Night", and if you have any favorite pizza recipes that are easy and yummy, please share.  We always love to try something new! Read my previous post, Baby Steps to Buying and Eating Local for the Busy Family.

See more at Tyner Pond Farm.