What's the Secret to the Perfect Pizza

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Whether its spring, summer, autumn or winter, pizza is one food which many people enjoy whatever time of year. It's no wonder that it is one of the most well-known and popular foods in a lot of countries around the world. After all, who doesn't just love the scrumptious, mouth-watering taste of fresh homemade pizza when it's just come out of the oven? The wonderful combination of flavours you can create and styles are endless. From the very simple Margherita to the more personal choice of 'anything goes', you can basically top your pizza with just about anything. The best thing about homemade pizza is that you know exactly what goes in/on it, So, if you have any dietary needs such as gluten-free, vegetarian or you are 'trying' to be healthy, doesn't mean you can't enjoy a delicious pizza.

So what does make the perfect pizza?

Fresh, fresh, fresh, everything has to be fresh. From the dough, to the sauce to the topping.

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The Dough

This recipe for pizza dough is really quite easy to make and well worth the effort. Or, if you like something with a unique flavour and want to experiment, you could try dough infused with fresh herbs. You could even invent a 'secret family recipe!'

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The Sauce

Again, making the homemade sauce is easy and even more delicious when using fresh tomatoes. If you wanted to make a real authentic Italian pizza sauce, all you need to do is add fresh herbs. Make sure you choose herbs that go well with tomatoes, Basil is one of the most popular herbs used on pizza as it compliments tomatoes perfectly and therefore is the perfect herb to use in tomato based recipes.

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The Topping

Now this is where it becomes personal and the fun begins! You can be as boring or as adventurous as you like. There are veggies, spinach, mushrooms, olives, peppers, chicken, pepperoni, ham, bacon, steak, cheeses, feta, or parmesan to name but a few. You can even use pineapple, although have you heard about the 'pineapple on pizza' debate?

If you really want to add a bit of pizzazz to your homemade pizza and make it 'restaurant style', simply sprinkle some fresh herbs on the top just before serving. Oregano is a popular choice as it compliments mozzarella cheese beautifully. Basil, thyme, coriander, rosemary and parsley are other obvious choices but as we say 'it's personal' so anything goes!

It's not rocket science to know that fresh ingredients make a more delicious pizza and let's not forget that it's healthier too. So, why not grow your own 'pizza garden', the kids would love it. After all, all you really need to start are tomatoes, peppers and any herbs that work well together such as; basil, parsley and oregano. That way you will always have a fresh plentiful supply of the main ingredients on hand whenever you feel like a pizza, even if you have to cheat on the dough and buy in. Just think, you can have a pizza party whenever you like!

So what do you think makes the perfect pizza? Are you joining the pineapple debate? We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas.