Nothing makes a night-in more satisfying than a homemade pizza. 

You don't need a fancy pizza oven or even a pizza stone to dish up delicious pizzas everyone at your table will love. All you need are some basic ingredients and a selection of toppings to make your night-in feel like a meal at an authentic pizzeria. 

The key to delicious homemade pizza breaks down to three components: crust, sauce, and toppings. Taking chances when mixing and matching these components can result in some unexpected yumminess.

I like to experiement with different types of crusts when making homemade pizza. Most grocery stores sell pre-made dough as well as ready-to-bake pizza crusts, which are both easy options for making pizza at home. But I also like to use french bread, pitas, and flatbreads, which are all available in the bakery section of my local grocery. 

After you choose your crust, it's time to get down to the fun part – crafting your flavor combinations. Pairing your sauce choice with the right toppings will leave you wondering why you ever ordered take out. Here are some recipes to please any adventurous pizza lover. 

1. The Classic

Key toppings:

  • Red sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese

You can find many canned red pizza sauces in your grocery aisles or make this one at home. The classic is great on french bread and gets kicked up a notch with fresh basil leaves and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

2. BBQ Chicken

Key toppings:

  • BBQ sauce
  • Shredded chicken
  • Sliced red onion
  • Mozzarella cheese

3. Beef and Blue

Key toppings:

  • Olive oil and garlic (brushed on crust)
  • Cooked slices of steak
  • Blue cheese

4. Sweet and Sour

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Key toppings:

  • Hot pepper jelly
  • Diced turkey (deli slices or whole)
  • Crumbled provolone

5. Spicy Breakfast

Key toppings:

  • Salsa
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Bacon
  • Shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Scallions

6. Red Goat

Key toppings:

  • Red sauce
  • Tomato slices
  • Sausage
  • Sliced yellow onion
  • Goat cheese

7. Mushroom

Key toppings:

  • Olive oil and garlic (brushed on crust)
  • Diced portobella mushrooms
  • Gorganzola cheese
  • Rosemary (dried or fresh)

8. Spicy Southern

Key toppings:

  • Shredded chicken
  • Pimento cheese
  • Bacon
  • Jalapenos

9. Mexican

Key toppings:

  • Refried beans
  • Sliced avocado
  • Shredded Mexican cheese blend

10. Twisted Pepperoni

Key toppings:

  • Red sauce
  • Pepperoni
  • Banana peppers
  • Crumbled Swiss cheese
  • Drizzle of dijon mustard

The next time you get ready for pizza night, try one of these unique flavor combinations. And be sure to experiment with what you like as well. Try translating your favorite sandwich or meal onto a crust and see what happens. It just might become your new signature dish.