Seven Essential Steps for Making Great Pizza

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It's a fact–– Everyone loves pizza. But there's nothing like a pizza pie made from your own oven made with your own hands, am I right?

which has me thinking about all of my favorite tips for making the best pizza ever. these are all of the little things that make homemade pizza just that much better than the stuff that comes in a box.

Here are my Seven Essential Steps for making the best pizza ever:


  1. use the right tools. this is my #1 go to tip for making sure you make the best pizza at home. the right tools for me include these awesome sassafras baking stones:

    superstone® 14.25" pizza maker–– with its glazed rim and silicone handle grips, the superstone® 14.25" pizza stone is great for the home-baking novice or professional. Breads, pretzels, cookies, anything else that uses dough can be used on your superstone®.

    Sicilian Pizza Stone–– with almost an inch depth, the Sicilian Pizza Sone is great for making rustic style pizzas and desserts.

    superstone® bbq pizza stone - the BBQ superstone® Pizza Stone has a natural grooved surface for even heat distribution and a fire-proof finish, perfect for making pizza in the oven or on the grill, any time of year!

    and you'll definitely want to get some Pizza-making accessories, like the Sassafras Pizza Cutters and Spatulas, either with a sturdy wood or silicone handle.


  2. use fresh produce. i love veggies on my pizza and i always, always, always, use fresh produce in my preparation. it genuinely makes a huge difference in the taste of the pizza. the only exception that i follow with this is my pineapple (yes, i know some people find it blasphemy). this girl loves pineapple on her pizza and i use it straight from the can.
  3. use quality ingredients. this kind of goes along with the fresh produce, but high quality ingredients in general make a huge difference in the overall taste of your pizza. even if the cost is a little bit higher, you won’t regret it once you taste how good it is.
  4. make your own dough. i may have mentioned this before, but for health reasons, i follow a gluten free diet, so i always have to make my own dough, which i love. my family actually really likes my gluten free dough, but i make them their own traditional kind as well. i have got to say that comparatively, homemade dough tastes amazing, whereas store bought tastes like cardboard to me.
  5. light toppings. yes, i love my pizza toppings, but truth be told, you don’t have to over do it. pizza dough and sauce tastes amazing, don’t let your toppings becoming overbearing.
  6. simple sauce. you may not believe it, but simple pizza sauce (tomatoes and salt is all it takes), tastes so much better than sauces with lots of additives. stick with simple, you’ll be glad you did.
  7. serve with wine. we always hear about pizza with beer, but my friends, you may be surprised to find out just how good it tastes served with wine.

If you're looking to start making homemade pizzas or you want to kick up your baking skills a notch, be sure to check out our recipes page or more ideas, including yeast-free pizza and bread!