Join me for a weekly pizza party on Friday nights. I think you'll find that this overnight pizza recipe is easier than ordering takeout!
Sometime in the last year or so I declared Friday nights as the official pizza night at my house.
Over time, we added wine (after the baby was born!) and cookies to the menu, as well. It has turned into our mini celebration that the weekend has arrived. I keep things pretty casual, and it's a relaxing evening at home (well, as relaxing as any evening at home with a 6 month old baby). Sometimes we have friends or family join in, and sometimes it's just us. Regardless, there is always homemade pizza.
If you've got a busy work schedule or a handful of kids running around the house, the idea of making dinner at home on Friday night may sound a bit daunting. Believe me… if it was difficult, I wouldn't be making homemade pizza every Friday night.
I think you'll find, though, that this simple overnight pizza dough recipe makes things quite easy. You can mix up the dough on Thursday night (or the night before you plan to make the pizza) in just a few minutes.
It's a no-knead recipe so you don't even have to get your hands dirty. Then, you let the dough rise gradually overnight and all day on Friday. By Friday evening, you've got chewy, flavorful pizza dough that will rival the local shop around the corner and allow you to easily whip up a homemade cheese pizza recipe.
Late on Friday afternoon, you can divide the dough up for individual pizzas. Then, in the time it takes to heat up your oven, you can have the pizzas assembled and ready to bake.
If you have a pizza stone, it gets even easier. You can simply bake the pizzas on parchment paper directly on the stone. There are no pans to wash and cleanup is a breeze. Just add a bottle of wine and you're good to go. If you're really ambitious, you can mix up a batch of cookies the night before, as well!