It’s been a solid five weeks without takeouts. And while this is the lifestyle choice we all aspire to, the kids are undoubtedly a bit over not having fast food nibbles. We’re here to help. Here, you can learn how to make pizza at home with your little ones. This is sure to leave your kids satisfied, well-fed, and entertained. And it’s one less dinner you have to brainstorm – bonus.
With everyone being at home, now is the perfect time to get the whole family involved in some fun meal prep. Your kids will learn how to make pizza at home with the help of Chef Norman Heath from Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront. And of course, safety is a priority, so they will need your help with this one.
Chef Norman’s recommendations
“For younger kids, it’s important to minimise the amount of time they need to spend using sharp tools or hot kitchen appliances,” Chef Norman cautions. “So I find that recipes where parents can prepare a lot of the elements beforehand, then leave the kids to put it all together before popping it into the oven to cook, work really well”.
So, naturally, pizza is a kid-friendly recipe Chef Norman loves to recommend. “I find that pizza is by far one of the easiest things for smaller kids to make in the kitchen. It requires only a bit of work, it’s fun, and the reward at the end is, well, a delicious pizza!”
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- Cheese – mozzarella is best, but cheddar and gouda get the job done too
- Salami or ham (whichever you prefer)
- Pizza bases (store-bought tomato base pizza is fine if you’re not up to making your own just yet)
What the parent can prepare
- Cut the salami or ham
- Cut the mushrooms into thin slices
- Preheat the oven to 180°C
What your little ones can do
- Grate the cheese (with your supervision)
- Scatter the cold meat onto the pizza base
- Cover the base (and cold meat) with the grated cheese
- Add the sliced mushrooms to the top
Together, you and your child(ren) can put the pizza into the oven to bake for 15 minutes. To brown the cheese a bit, set the oven to grill for about a further three minutes. But keep an eye on it or it could burn really quickly.
Also, ensure that the oven rack is placed in the centre of the oven and not too close to the top. Making pizza at home has never been this delicious, or this easy.
Bonus tip from Chef: “If you’re like me, and enjoy some added flavour to your pizza, spread a layer of good quality tomato sauce on the base and mix in some herbs and seasoning before adding your pizza toppings. This adds a whole new dimension to a store-bought pizza base.”