The Best Pizza Ever!

A tasty homemade rectangular pizza with arugula.

The Best Pizza Ever!

Contributed by
Veronica Avila

Home Made Pizza

The best of the best!

One of my favorite home-made foods that I looked forward to was pizza. My mom’s pizza was the best of the best, in the opinion of me and my siblings. The thick crusted pizza was made with marinara, Italian sausage, mozzarella cheese, and was topped with diced lettuce and tomato and a sprinkle (more like a double topping) of crushed Doritos and “South Chicago” hot sauce. My mom would only make a batch of pizza about 2-3 times a year (we made about 8 pizzas at a time – ’cause that’s how we rolled being a family of 7!) Now that I look back, I realize even though I loved the tasty pizza, the most important part was the family bond we shared as we all cooked them. My mom would get up early in the morning to prepare the dough. Once the dough was ready (it would lift out of the container) we were ready to make pizza!

She had “charolas” – cookie sheets that were designated for the pizza, since we never were cookie fans. We would all rotate stations: dough rolling, spreading marinara sauce, toppings, and cheese. Then we’d pop them in the oven and 30 minutes later, voila! We had our very own pizzas. Our pizzas varied since we all had different likes, but all in all we would make Italian sausage pizza, Hawaiian pizza, pepperoni pizza, and of course the jalapeño pizza for my dad. Then we would gather around the table with our favorite pizza and would top it with lettuce and tomato (I took the tomatoes out every time! lol) crushed Doritos and hot sauce, or more “chile jalapeños” for my dad.

Those were good times. We really enjoyed our time together. It makes me nostalgic, but it also makes me want to pass on the tradition to my kids and my nephews and nieces. I may just rally the family to get together and make pizzas this weekend!

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