Make ahead meals are great, right? You do all the work, pop it in the freezer, and then when you need it, it only takes a few non-messy moments!
This recipe is basically for the dough with steps on how to make ahead and freeze. The actual toppings and shape of the pizza are totally customizable. I made snowmen because… obviously, they are adorable, d’uh!
This recipe will make between 6 – 8 personal size pizzas or 2 regular sized.
Make Ahead (Freezable) Personal Pizzas
2 Tbsp instant yeast
2 cups hot water
2 Tbsp oil
1 tsp sugar
4 – 6 cups flour
2 tsp salt
In a bowl, whisk together the yeast, hot water, oil, and sugar. Set aside to activate yeast for about 5 – 8 minutes, until bubbly.
Stir in about 4 cups of flour and the salt. Add more flour as needed to form a soft but not sticky dough. Knead on a floured surface for 2 minutes. Place in an oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel, set somewhere warm to rise for about an hour.
After dough has risen, preheat oven to 425.
Separate dough into 6 equal pieces.
Shape dough into desired shape. Place onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets.
Par-bake the dough for 5 – 8 minutes, until puffy but not cooked through. It should still be pale.
Top pizzas as desired.
For snowmen I used: pizza sauce, onions, pepperoni, then mozzarella, olives, more pepperoni, and yellow pepper.
Sooooooo cute. Once you have topped the pizzas simple double wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze.
When ready to cook: preheat oven to 425, unwrap pizzas and place on parchment paper lined tray, cook for about 15 minutes. Just until heated through and cheese is bubbly.
I also made jack-o-lanterns for Halloween….
After par-baking, these are topped with: pizza sauce, onions, cheddar cheese, deli ham, and green pepper.
Then simply double wrap with plastic wrap and freeze!
And, just thought I would share this too….
I made 2 regular pizzas to freeze and cook later for a friend who broke their leg. They were made exactly the same way except for bigger. Cooking time was a little bit longer, maybe about 5 minutes, but otherwise everything was the same!
I will update with photos if I make more for for other holidays! I feel some heart shaped pizzas may be happening for Valentine’s Day or shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day!