When I was young, my mom used to take me and my sister on "fieldtrips". It would be a weekday during the summer, or a Saturday during the school year when my dad had to work, and the three of us girls would head out on a fun trip. We would visit historical places, like the Molly Brown House or a museum, and we would go out to lunch. Often we would go to a Mexican restaurant, but sometimes we would go to Pizza Hut for their pizza buffet. These fieldtrips were one of the rare times we would eat at Pizza Hut, opting normally for Little Caesar's (back in the day before they only did the $5 specials!).
At these pizza buffets, my mom, sister, and I would gorge on the many varieties, bringing slice after slice back to the table where we'd laugh and laugh about how much we were eating. Those fieldtrip days were great days that we got to spend together.
Now, although Jason and I don't frequent pizza buffets, supreme pizza remains a special treat in our house. There's something about that combo of flavors: the spicy, the crisp, the salty, the sharp, and the cheesy that just tastes so perfect. It brings back fieldtrip days, as well as childhood pizza nights and makes me want to crack open an A&W root beer and eat dinner with my family in front of a new episode of Full House on a Friday night.
1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 package mushrooms, sliced
1 package pepperoni
15 oz. can black olives, sliced
½ cup pizza sauce, homemade or store bought
1 clove garlic, minced
pizza crust, homemade or store bought
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Stretch out room temperature door onto a greased and lightly floured baking sheet or a baking stone. Poke dough several times with the tines of a fork, then sprinkle with minced garlic. Bake for 7 minutes, until dough is springy.
Remove from oven, then spoon pizza sauce on top and spread with a spoon. Cover evenly with cheese, then lay out all other ingredients. Bake for around 10 minutes, until crust is lightly browned and cheese is golden and bubbly.
Slice and serve with a big green salad and a can of cold root beer, if you are so inclined.