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Homemade Vodka Pizza

February 12, 2022
Recipes - Lunch/Dinner - Weeknight Meals
This loaded pizza starts with a homemade crust, topped with roasted bell peppers and vodka sauce. Delicous!

Homemade Vodka Pizza

This Homemade Vodka Pizza features a fluffy crust, roasted red peppers, mozzarella and creamy vodka sauce. A total winner for family pizza night!

Vodka Pizza

Next up in my search for fun, delicious, and unique pizza toppings is a spin on vodka pasta. This homemade pizza is topped with gooey, melted mozzarella with sweet roasted bell peppers and vodka sauce. And best of all, the entire recipe (including a homemade crust) takes less than an hour to get on the table!

Vodka Pizza

Ingredients for Homemade Pizza Crust

For the best pizza, make your own crust! It’s easier than you might think, and my recipe takes just a few ingredients and little time to rise. Plus, the dough is seasoned for added flavor!

Here’s what you need:

  • All-purpose flour.  I use organic flour. If you want to make gluten-free pizza dough, check out the notes section below the recipe!
  • Raw honey. All of the sugar will be consumed by the yeast in the dough. 
  • Yeast. Use rapid-rise or instant yeast for dough that rises quickly. 
  • Grapeseed oil. This is a neutral oil, but you could also use olive oil. 
  • Oregano and smoked paprika. For added flavor and spice.

Vodka Pizza

Roasted Red Peppers for Pizza

The topping for this vodka pizza is sweet, smoky roasted red peppers. I like to season mine with garlic powder, dried oregano, dried basil, and dried parsley. These Italian herbs together add a complex, herby and earthy flavor to the pizza. And bell peppers become so sweet and silky-smooth to add depth to your pizza. 

In a pinch, make this pizza even easier by using jarred roasted red peppers!

Vodka Pizza

Toppings

To round things out, I use mozzarella cheese, vodka sauce, and finally, basil leaves. If you like parmesan, asiago or another cheese, feel free to use it! You could also top this pizza with oregano fresh out of the oven. 

Storage Suggestions

Store leftover pizza in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. You can always enjoy it cold, or reheat it on a griddle or in the oven to serve. 

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Pizza with creamy vodka sauce, fluffy homemade crust, mozzarella and roasted red peppers is a treat for family pizza night!
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
Serves: 8 servings

Ingredients

PIZZA CRUST:

  • 2 3/4 cups organic all-purpose flour (See Notes for GF option!)
  • 1 cup WARM fresh water
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 packet rapid-rise yeast (That's 2 1/4 tsps!)
  • 1 Tbsp Grapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

ROASTED RED PEPPERS:

  • 1 medium Red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt + black pepper, each
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley

TOPPINGS:

  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup vodka sauce, premium
  • handful of fresh basil leaves, optional

Instructions

ROAST THE RED PEPPERS:

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a large baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
  • Add the sliced red peppers unto the baking sheet (in a single layer) and drizzle with olive oil and season with seasonings (salt, black pepper, garlic powder, oregano, basil, and parsley) and bake for 25-30 minutes or until tomatoes are charred, wilted, and tender. Remove and let cool slightly.

PIZZA CRUST:

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer (with a dough hook attachment), mix together the warm water, honey, grapeseed oil, and yeast (you might need to use a whisk to ensure that everything combines together well). Let is sit for at least 5 minutes, until yeast begins to activate and foam.
  • Slowly add the flour, dried oregano, and smoked paprika (on low speed!), until fully incorporated and a soft dough is formed. NOTE: if dough is too sticky, add 1/2 cup of additional flour at a time)
  • Now, increase the speed to medium-high and knead the dough for about 5 minutes in the mixer.
  • Once done, add the dough onto a floured surface and slightly roll out the dough until it’s flat enough to form a flat circle the rest of the way with your hands, about 11 inches in diameter. Lightly grease your pizza pan with extra virgin olive oil and place dough on one end of pan, evenly pressing it and flattening it out to fit the entire pan. Gently use your finger to stretch dough until pan is fully covered and gently pinch the edges of the dough together to form the crust.

ASSEMBLY:

  • Preheat the oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit and place top rack into the middle of oven. NOTE: be sure to use a great pizza pan to ensure that your crust is crispy and not soggy.
  • Spoon a generous amount of the vodka sauce over the top of the crust until evenly coated.
  • Generously sprinkle on the mozzarella until crust is fully covered in the middle, leaving a bit of crust for the edges. Add the roasted red peppers a top the cheese.
  • Lightly brush the tops of the edge of the crust with 1 Tbsp of olive oil to ensure that it becomes a nice golden brown.
  • Transfer the pizza pie to the hot oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or so, until the mozzarella has melted (and becomes bubbly) and the crust is crispy and golden brown.
  • Once done, allow pizza to rest/cool for a few minutes (about 2-3 minutes) so that the mozzarella sets before cutting into generous slices, using a pizza cutter. Add a few fresh basil leaves as garnish, if desired.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • PIZZA CRUST: For a crispy pizza (especially on the bottom), I suggest using a pizza pan with holes to allow the crust to bake through nicely. I used the AirBake Pizza Pan, which can be found at Target!
  • STORAGE: Leftover pizza is best kept tightly wrapped in foil paper, refrigerated for 3-4 days for optimal freshness.
  • GLUTEN-FREE CRUST: To make your pizza crust GF, see my Easy GF Pizza Crust recipe.
  • OPTIONAL TOPPING: Instead of the red peppers, you can always add roasted herb tomatoes as a topping.

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