Wednesday, June 25, 2014

How To Make DIY Frozen Pizzas

Making your own frozen pizza is cheaper and tastier than store bought pizza. Today I'm sharing how to make and freeze homemade frozen pizzas so you can enjoy them later!
June is Pizza Month on the Rhodes Bake-N-Serve Blog!!!!! As a contributing guest blogger for Rhodes I'm so excited to be a part of Pizza Month! At our house Friday night is usually pizza night. We always make our pizza instead of delivery, because it tastes better and is so much cheaper. 

I usually make my pizza dough from scratch, but I also love the convenience of using Rhodes Dinner Rolls for pizza crust. The dinner rolls are white bread, but they also have a cracked wheat version or their whole wheat bread dough works wonderfully for a wheat crust.

Pizza night is always my favorite night to cook dinner because it's a quick meal that I can  just throw together and bake it. Plus I know everyone loves a good pizza, so I usually don't get any complaints. 

With one bag of Rhodes Dinner Rolls (36 count) you can easily make 4 Homemade Frozen Pizzas. I usually spend one afternoon preparing the frozen pizzas and then wrapping and storing them to use later.  I love having a few of these DIY Frozen Pizzas on hand in my freezer.

Homemade frozen pizzas come in handy when you don't want too cook or you need to get dinner on table rather quickly. These pizzas are easy to make and taste much better than anything you will find in the freezer section of your grocery store. Plus you get to add all your favorite toppings.

Visit Rhodes Bake-N-Serve Blog where I'm sharing step-by-step directions on how to make these easy DIY Frozen Pizzas. I also have a .50 off Rhodes bread coupon to share with y'all. Just click on the coupon below to receive a $.50 off printable coupon towards your next Rhodes purchase. 

Homemade Frozen Pizza's
18 - Rhodes frozen dinner rolls white or wheat (9 rolls for each pizza), thawed to room temperature or use homemade Pizza Dough.  
1 - cup homemade or store bought pizza sauce (1/2 cup per pizza)
Toppings of choice: 
pepperoni slices 
Italian sausage, cooked and crumbled
ground beef, cooked and crumbled
bacon, cooked and crumbled
mozzarella cheese, shredded
green peppers
black olives
green olives
plastic wrap or waxed paper
aluminum foil

Thaw out 9 dinner rolls (per pizza) on a greased baking sheet. Thaw the rolls until room temperature, but still a bit cold. 

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place a pizza stone on the middle rack in the oven as it heats (this heats up the pizza stone). 

Once the rolls are thawed combine 9 rolls into one dough ball on a greased surface and roll out into a circle to your preferred thinness. 

Wrap the dough around a rolling pin and transport to a sheet of parchment paper. I like to sprinkle a little corn meal on before adding the pizza. This ensures that the pizza won't stick to the paper or stone after baking. 

Let the pizza dough rest for 30  minutes (I like to use disposable pizza trays while the dough rests and for storage). 

After 30  minutes transfer one pizza dough at a time (I leave the parchment paper on the bottom) onto to a heated pizza stone and par-bake in a 450o oven for 5 minutes or until set. 

Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack. By par-baking (partially baking) your pizza crust for about 5 minutes before assembly and freezing you ensure that your crust will be crispy even after freezing.  

Once the crusts have been par baked and cooled, top with pizza sauce (store bought or homemade) and add pizza toppings of your choice. 

Once the pizzas are assembled you can flash freeze them for 30 minutes or just wrap them for storage. I like to place the pizzas back onto the disposable pizza pans for storage, but this is optional.

First wrap the pizza in plastic wrap or waxed paper, and then in aluminum foil.
Add a label with the type of pizza and date it. Freeze the pizzas for up to 3 months. 

Cook's Note: If you don't have a pizza stone you can use a regular pizza pan to par-bake and bake your frozen pizzas. One 36 count bag of Rhodes Frozen Dinner Rolls will make 4 large pizzas, so make extra to store in the freezer. 

To Bake the Frozen Pizzas (Thaw first):
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. If you have a baking stone, place it in the oven as it heats. Thawed pizzas can also be baked in a pizza pan or on a sheet of aluminum foil. 

Unwrap the pizza and slide into the oven onto the pizza stone. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the crust is brown and the cheese is melted, lightly browned and bubbly. Cut into slices and serve immediately.

Recipe yields: 2 - large pizzas 

This is a sponsored post by me on behalf of Rhodes Bread Company. I'm a contributing guest blogger where I share recipes and ideas using Rhodes Products.


Colleen said... #

Thank you. Your pizza looks Yummy. I love using the Rhodes frozen bread and dinner rolls. Besides making pizza, hubby also likes the Monkey Bread recipe that they have.
Thanks for sharing the recipe as well as the coupon.

Colleen said... #

I forgot to mention: I do like freezing my pizza first before wrapping.

Tina Butler said... #

I usually flash freeze the pizzas if I'm using plastic wrap and then foil. If I use waxed paper or parchment paper it doesn't stick.

Natalie A said... #

Oh hi, I found your site from the UK! I think I much prefer homemade pizza dough, it's far cheaper and better for you than buying it plus you get the satisfaction of knowing you weren't ripped off!

Tina Butler said... #

@Natalie, I purchase one bag of Rhodes Dinner Rolls ($3.98)and get 4 pizzas, so I/m not getting ripped off at all. It's every ones own preference. I for one and thankful for frozen bread dough for quick meals. I make pizza dough from scratch as well, but it depends on how much time I have.

Rhodesbread said... #

This is the best post ever! 4 pizzas out of one bag of rolls - what a great idea. Easily customizable to your family's tastes too!

Anonymous said... #

at Tina what is your dough recipe from scratch and how does it compare

Tina Butler said... #

Using the frozen roll dough yields a more firm, crispy crust compared to my no fail pizza crust. I hope this helps.