A perfect scene: we come home from work on Friday night and know that we have a gloriously free evening ahead of us. There is only one thing that we feel like eating and, of course, it's pizza. Maybe even an entire pizza all to ourselves. Okay, fine, we'll share with our roommate or significant other... if we have to (or maybe we'll just go for one each).
Sure, we could order take-out, but we've done that so many times and we might want something a bit more interesting. Why not try our hands at making homemade pizza? We might have never thought about making pizza from scratch but there's really no reason not to. We're going to feel awesome after making it for the first time and it'll become our new Friday night tradition. There are so many incredible recipes out there from food bloggers who love pizza as much as we do. From classic pepperoni to meat lover's to pumpkin (yes, really), we're going to be able to find something that appeals to our pizza-loving hearts (and we'll have a very happy roomie or significant other who will get to enjoy the pizza as well).
Here are 25 epic pizza recipes which are all Friday night perfection. Pick one (or five) and put on Netflix.
25 Proscuttio Arugula Burrata Pizza
When we want something more sophisticated than pepperoni and cheese (sorry, pepperoni and cheese pizza, we still love you), we can make this recipe from The Secret Ingredient Is. First of all, putting prosciutto on a pizza is genius because we couldn't possibly love it any more, and adding arugula and burrata is brilliant as well.
The pizza dough part of this recipe sounds epic as well: it's got olive oil, all-purpose flour, salt, honey, warm water, and active dry yeast. Let's make this Friday night and be super proud of ourselves for not only concocting a delicious pizza but also making the dough from scratch.
24 Sweet Chili Garlic Chicken Pizza
When we want something sweet and spicy at the same time, we might not necessarily think of pizza. There are a lot of other dishes that would come to mind.
But this recipe for Sweet Chili Garlic Chicken Pizza is pizza night perfection. Pinch Of Yum has given us this great recipe which includes a sauce made of chiles, rice vinegar, garlic, and brown rice syrup, plus a pineapple pico de gallo and then cheese and chicken. Truly epic.
23 Banh Mi Pizza
Finally, we have this epic pizza recipe from Half Baked Harvest for Banh Mi Pizza. It's always fun when someone is smart and creative and combines foods that we all love. In this case, it's the popular sandwich and, of course, pizza.
Eggs, radishes, green onions, cucumber, carrots, ground pork or chicken, and herbs like cilantro and basil are here on this pizza. It just sounds way too good so we think that it has to be on our must-make list for Friday pizza night.
22 Taco Pizza
If tacos are delicious and pizza is too good for words, then a taco pizza is just what we want on a Friday night.
We should definitely try this recipe from Jo Cooks. It has everything that we would want when dealing with a combo of two of the greatest meals ever. It has taco seasoning, onion, garlic, ground beef, refried beans, cheddar cheese, and toppings of tomato, black olives, sour cream, iceberg lettuce, salsa, and green onions. We're into it for sure.
21 Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
Many people enjoy dipping their pizza in ranch dressing, and if we think that is absolutely delicious, then this pizza recipe is calling our names. Add bacon and chicken and it's just the best thing ever.
This recipe for Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza from Country Side Cravings has bacon, chopped chicken, mozzarella cheese, ranch dressing, and pizza dough that we can make ourselves or buy. Sometimes taking that route is a great idea since it means getting pizza much faster and easier. That is honestly the Friday night (or anytime) dream.
20 Fig Jam, Gorgonzola And Prosciutto Pizza
Are we drooling already or what?!
This recipe from Williams-Sonoma for Fig Jam, Gorgonzola, And Prosciutto Pizza is a thing of pizza beauty if we ever saw one. Besides these delicious ingredients, this pizza is also topped with balsamic vinegar. We know how great fig and prosciutto and balsamic are together if we've ever combined these as an elegant appetizer before. This is the pizza to make when we're in the mood to impress someone. We're sure that they will want to eat the whole thing.
19 Pumpkin And Apple Pizza With Bacon
We love bacon and we love pumpkin, so we're already interested in this pizza recipe from Food Above Gold.
Sure, bacon might be a pretty popular thing to put on top of a pizza, especially given our love for meat lover's pizzas. And we might even think to combine bacon and pineapple on a pizza (if we can stand pineapple on a pizza, that is). But we might not have thought of the combination of bacon and pumpkin on pizza before, which is why we're very grateful to this recipe. And since it's the season to be thankful and grateful, that seems pretty appropriate.
18 Brown Butter Alfredo Chicken Pizza
Oh yes. This is a thing. Brown Butter plus Alfredo Chicken plus pizza. How have we not tried this recipe before?!
Lauren's Latest gives us this dreamy pizza recipe that we know we're going to love. It has an alfredo sauce made from heavy cream, salted butter, parmesan, and salt and pepper. Then cheese (that comes with Italian seasonings) and cubed rotisserie chicken are added to pizza dough. It's just such a good idea and it's going to be a delicious pizza to make on Friday night.
17 Chorizo Spinach Skillet Pizza
Did we know that we can make pizza in a skillet?! Maybe we didn't but now we have this amazing information and us pizza fans are very grateful to Running To The Kitchen for this knowledge plus this epic recipe.
This recipe for Chorizo Spinach Skillet Pizza has whole wheat flour, and the toppings include chorizo sausage, baby spinach, and red onion. It's got a delicious homemade pizza crust plus homemade tomato sauce, and as we said, we make it in a skillet. It's super cool.
16 Apple and Caramelized Onion Pizza with Pumpkin Seed Pangratatto
Apple and Caramelized Onion Pizza with Pumpkin Seed Pangratatto. Yes. Let the words of this epic pizza recipe title sink in. When even the recipe title sounds magical and delicious, we know that it's going to be good.
Half Baked Harvest has given us this amazing recipe that includes pizza dough made from active dry yeast, salt, olive oil, warm water, and flour. Then the pizza has apple cider, gruyere cheese, apples, caramelized onions... and we're drooling. If we want fall vibes in pizza form we can't do better than this brilliant pizza recipe.
15 Hawaiian BBQ Pizza
Pineapple pizza haters, skip this one. The debate about the best types of pizza will never really be solved - some people love just cheese, others are big on pepperoni, and others like Hawaiian (aka ham and pineapple) or barbecue. There are still others who say that pineapple should never happen on pizza, so maybe the pineapple lovers and the pineapple haters just shouldn't talk about this important subject.
This recipe from Life Made Simple Bakes for Hawaiin BBQ Pizza is the best of both worlds. With a homemade pizza dough plus mozzarella cheese, pineapple, bacon, red onion, BBQ sauce, and ham, along with red pepper flakes and cilantro on top, we'll be in pizza heaven.
14 Grilled Kale And Sausage Pizza
You love sausage and would gladly put that on any pizza... but you know that you have to be healthy, too. What's a pizza fan to do? Well, make this Grilled Kale and Sausage Pizza from Life's Ambrosia.
Even if you're not a huge fan of kale, it's totally going to be fine because you'll be eating pizza with sausage and cheese on it. Come to think of it, you can just make pizza every Friday night and make sure that you put something green on it and call it a healthy dinner. Sounds like a really smart plan.
13 Ciabatta Pizza Bread
Oh yes. Pizza bread. The carbaholics among us will agree that we absolutely love pizza and bread and that it can be tough to choose between the two. Sure, we could argue that pizza is better because it has toppings like cheese and tomato sauce and pepperoni, but we can top bread (or toast, really) with anything at all.
Instead of choosing, let's give this recipe for Ciabatta Pizza Bread from How Sweet Eats a try when the next Friday night rolls around and we've got a hankering for pizza.
Basically, we'll make a pizza on ciabatta bread. What a brilliant idea. Toppings include four kinds of cheese (parmesan, mozzarella, fontina, and provolone) so, yeah, we're going to say this is pretty epic.
12 Best Homemade Margherita Pizza
A Beautiful Plate has given us a gift in the form of this BEST Homemade Margherita Pizza recipe. We're going to go out on a (pizza-loving) limb here and say that if a food blogger declares a pizza recipe the best (and uses caps as well) then we're going to trust them and make it ASAP.
This recipe will show us how to make perfect pizza dough (ingredients include warm water, active dry yeast, granulated sugar, unbleached all-purpose flour, semolina flour, kosher salt, and extra virgin olive oil) and top it with the classic Margherita pizza toppings of tomato sauce and cheese.
11 Classic Pepperoni Pizza
Pepperoni is quite possibly the most popular pizza topping ever. When we crave pizza, a lot of the time we're craving pepperoni pizza. Sometimes life just begs us to eat this pizza. Okay, there is literally always a reason to eat this pizza.
We can go for this recipe from Life Made Simple Bakes for Classic Pepperoni Pizza on our next Friday pizza night. And if we don't feel like sharing with anyone else and want to dive into the whole thing, well, no one will judge us. This is pizza that we're talking about. Everyone will understand.
10 Cheeseburger Pizza
Cheeseburger Pizza just sounds like a lot of fun. If we've tried a pizza like this before, then we know how amazing it is. If we haven't, then we can guess that it's totally epic since come on, you can't lose with this combination of fast food favorites.
Spicy Southern Kitchen's recipe includes a sauce of mustard and ketchup, plus ingredients like green pepper, ground beef, steak seasoning, dill pickle, mozzarella, cheddar, tomatoes, and bacon. We couldn't possibly be more excited to try this pizza recipe out.
9 Prosciutto And Buffalo Mozzarella Pizza
Donna Hay's recipe for Proscuttio and Buffalo Mozzarella Pizza is great for those nights when we want to make something a bit fancier than the same old cheese and pepperoni pizza pie (no offense to that pizza since, of course, we're still big fans of it).
This recipe starts with two flatbreads, which is awesome news since we won't have to make pizza dough from scratch, so if we want to be both lazy and sophisticated on a Friday evening, this is totally the pizza recipe for us. We'll also top the pizzas with sorrel leaves. How fancy are we?!
8 Sausage And Ricotta Pizza
Emily Bites has a recipe for Sausage and Ricotta Pizza that looks and sounds perfect.
First of all, when we hear that a recipe has sausage and cheese in it, we know that it's going to be good so we don't need much convincing. But then we see this beautiful photo and just know that this is one epic pizza pie.
This recipe uses pizza sauce, which definitely makes it easy and Friday night ready, along with Italian spices and ricotta and sausage. We're craving it and we haven't even tried it yet.
7 Honey Chipotle Chicken Pizza with Goat Cheese
Of course we love the traditional pizza cheese, aka mozzarella, but we would also be happy to top any pizza with goat cheese. It's creamy and great.
How Sweet Eats has this awesome recipe for Honey Chipotle Chicken Pizza with Goat Cheese. When Friday rolls around, we're going to have to race to the kitchen to make this for sure. Maybe we can't even wait til then. That's okay, we'll just have to make it twice this week. We're not going to mind.
6 Savory Pumpkin Pizza
Love Lola Blog's recipe for Savory Pumpkin Pizza is perfect for fans of pumpkins in particular and fall in general. We might not have even thought of putting pumpkin on pizza before and now we're very pleased to have this brilliant information. PSLs and pies will be nothing to us after we try eating our favorite meal with pumpkin on it. We won't even remember that they exist.
We don't even have to make the dough from scratch. This pizza has thyme, a shallot, garlic, pumpkin puree, harvarti cheese, parmesan cheese, and arugula and olive oil.
5 Pesto, Feta, And Veggie Pizza
When it comes to pizza toppings, many of us would go for all meat, all the time, but we can also agree that some vegetables can be good. We all love a tangy salad with olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, and feta cheese, and it sounds truly epic to have some of these flavors on a pizza. Add in pesto and we're sold.
Hello Little Home has a great recipe for Pesto, Feta, and Veggie Pizza. This recipe includes delicious ingredients such as tomatoes, black olives, crumbled feta, red pepper, pesto, and mozzarella cheese.
4 Caramelized Onion, Bacon And Spinach Pizza
Now here's a pizza recipe that is not for the casual pizza eater. This is for the pros because this Caramelized Onion, Bacon and Spinach pizza from Cooking Classy goes beyond the typical toppings like cheese and pepperoni and has some truly delicious ideas about what should go on a pizza.
This recipe suggests using ready-made pizza dough or making it from scratch, so it's cool to know that we have the option. We'll top it with the ingredients mentioned in the recipe title, along with a white sauce made from garlic, flour, butter, and salt and pepper. Sounds epic and amazing.
3 The Ultimate Meat Lovers Pizza
The more meat, the merrier - it's satisfying and hearty and is up there with the best kind of comfort food.
I Am A Food Blog has a great recipe for Meat Lover's Pizza and the amount of meat on this pizza seriously won't disappoint. We're talking ham, pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, and bacon. Oh man. This recipe is called The Ultimate Meat Lover's Pizza and we have a feeling that we will definitely agree once we whip it up.
2 Habanero BBQ Chicken Pizza
Calling all BBQ chicken pizza fans. Those of us who think that this is among the best kinds of pizza will be happy with this recipe for Habanero BBQ Chicken Pizza from Kraft Recipes.
The recipe includes Habanero Kraft cheese along with raspberry jam. Yes, raspberry jam. That might be a surprising ingredient but jam is always delicious so we call this a winner for sure. Spicy and sweet are always a great combination and we can see that it would work really well on pizza.
1 Pizza Supreme On Cauliflower Crust
How Sweet Eats brings us this wonderful recipe for Pizza Supreme With Cauliflower Crust. We may have heard a thing or two about how popular and trendy cauliflower is and how it can be made into a pizza crust, along with rice.
Even if we prefer pizza to vegetables, we can agree that pizza supreme is one of the best kinds of pizza. After all, it involves cheese and pepperoni, and those are two beautiful things. This recipe is awesome because the crust is made from cauliflower, two types of cheese (mozzarella and parmesan), red pepper flakes and garlic powder, among a few other things. The toppings are classic pizza supreme ones including pepperoni, cheese, mushrooms, black olives, and green pepper. Yum.