Tradition How To Make Pizza

Today, we are talking tradition of how to make pizza.

For 25 years it’s been a family tradition, homemade pizza. To be exact, we refer to it as “Pizza Friday”

This family tradition has become especially fun with our friends. In fact, some friends say to us, we want to come for pizza Friday.

So, some Fridays we change it up a bit. This particular Friday, we made Fig jam pizza.

Have you ever had fig jam on pizza?

Well, with the right toppings, it’s fantastic. By the way, this isn’t breakfast jam.

No, this is thick and decadent. It’s not as sweet as regular jam.

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Tradition How to Make Pizza

Do We Make Our Own Dough?

Do we make our own dough? No, we don’t.

You may be wondering why? We don’t make our own dough for our tradition how to make pizza because our market sells fresh dough.

This dough is from the Bronx. NYC is well known for its bread, a.k.a., especially bagels.

Here is the link to Bronx City Baking.

Bronx City Baking dough for our pizza

Why Does NYC Make Great Dough?

It’s not only that NYC makes great bagels. There’s a reason the doughs are truly wonderful.

Of course, NYC is well known for its cuisine. However, they are well known for doughs of all kinds. So, there’s a secret, it’s,

Ready? It’s NYC water that makes their bread outstanding.

The water in the City has calcium and magnesium and this strengthens the gluten in the dough.

So, this is the reason their bagels and pizza dough are loved by many. So, we purchase our dough for the tradition of how to make pizza.

Prebaking The Dough For Our Pizza

Step !: Prebake The Pizza Crust

Because we have the tradition of making pizza, we have two pizza stones. On our grill and our oven. During the harsh winters, we use the oven. But, we love making pizza on the grill.

When using our oven, the temperature is set to 500 degrees. Our pizza stone also stays in our oven all the time.

Here’s the pizza dough screen and peel we use.

Pizza peel and baking screen for the dough

When using our oven we generally heat our pizza stone for at least an hour at 500 degrees. We do this because having a hot stone is extremely important.

Supply List For Making Pizza:

  • Pizza stone
  • Peel
  • Pizza screen
  • cheese grater
  • pizza wheel
  • spoon or spatula to spread jam
  • saute pan or frying pan

Spreading The Dough And Using Corn Meal For This Process

Step 3: Spreading The Pizza Dough And Using Corn Meal

Because this has become a tradition of making pizza we have learned a few tricks.

Before spreading the dough for our pizza making, we sit it at room temperature for five minutes. Any longer it becomes sticky. Less time it’s too cold and when spreading it tends to bounce out of shape.

Also, we learned corn meal is a game changer for homemade pizza. It prevents it from sticking to the pizza peel. It also, adds great texture ad crunch to the pizza dough.

So, before adding the pizza dough to the peel sprinkle yellow cornmeal on the pizza peel. This also adds great crunch and texture to the pizza dough

corn meal sprinkled before the dough is pressed into shape

After five minutes, we spread the dough into a round shape to make the pizza.

In the meantime, take the fig jam out if in the refrigerator to warm up a bit.

Now bake your pizza dough for one minute.

Tip: A Trick We Learned

When bringing your dough inside for adding the fig jam. Lightly flip it to the other side. This removes the air bubbles that form on pizza dough at times.

dough flipped to other side after grilling for pizza

Topping Suggestions For Fig Jam Pizza

Step 4: Topping Suggestion

When making our fig jam pizza we use different toppings.

In particular, spicy Italian sausage removed from the casing and sauteed is a great, option. Mixing the spicy sausage with the richness of the jam is a great combination.

spicy sausage removed from the casing and sauted

Another great option is buying a rotisserie chicken. I generally pull the chicken off the bone.

This gives you enough chicken to make other pizzas. Freeze it in containers and take it out the night before you make a pizza.

Cheese Options For The Tradition When Making Fig Jam Pizza

Cheese Options For Fig Jam Pizza

There are a few options when adding cheese to fig jam pizza

Grated Cheese Topp; ing Options:

  • fresh gouda
  • Smoked Mozzarella
  • a combination of asiago, mozzerrla and parmasen
  • crumbled blue cheese

How Long To Cook The Pizza After The Toppings Are Added

Step 5: Baking the Pizza

Now, let’s cook the pizza. After taking the dough out of the oven or off the grill add the jam.

One of two jams in the jar we use

This is one of two brands we use for our fig jam pizza. Also, scroll through my images at the end of this post to see the other brand we use.

The jam added to the dough before I spread it

Adding The Fig Jam

Step 6: Add The Jam To Precooked Pizza Dough

Spread with the back of a large spoon to evenly coat.


Adding Sausage or Other Meat

Step 7: Add Cooked Sausage

Next, add the sausage covering evenly.

sausage spread and added

Grate And Add The Cheese

Step 8: Grate The Gouda Cheese And Cover Sausage

Now grate the gouda and cover well.

the brand of cheese we use
Pizza with the cheese grated and going back to finish cooking

Place The Pizza Back On The Grill

Step 9: Cook The Finished Pizza On The Grill Or Oven

Place the fig jam pizza back on the stone and cook for 7 more minutes. Because our grill gets hot spots, we rotate the pizza at the 3 1/2 minute mark. This prevents the crust from cooking unevenly.

Our finished product

Tip: When making its pizza recipe in the oven we cook the pizza for 7 minutes. The times may vary based on your oven and grill. Cut and enjoy!

two pieces getting ready to be served

By the way, you may enjoy this recipe too!

I hope you enjoyed the tradition, of how to make pizza. Do you have any recipes you make that are a tradition besides the holiday season?


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Fig Jam Pizza

Fig jam pizza with sauted sausage and grated gouda
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
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Total Time 17 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 375 kcal


  • 1 pizza stone
  • 1 cheese grater
  • 1 Pizza Peel
  • 1 baking screen for pizza
  • grill or oven
  • 1 spatula or spoon
  • 1 saute pan, skillet, or fry pan


  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 4 links Italian spicy sausage removed from the casing
  • 3 heaping tbsp fig jam
  • 1/2 round gouda cheese



Fig Jam Pizza
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees f. with a pizza stone inside for 1 hour before cooking 
For the grill heat it on high with the pizza stone on the grill for 1 hour
Add 1 tbsp of olive oil to a skillet or fry pan and brown sausage until done.  
Remove the sausage and place it into a bowl to cool slightly
5 minutes before preparing the pizza it’s best to remove the dough from the refrigerator
Put the fig jam in a bowl and stir to loosen the jam this makes it easier to spread
Sprinkle the pizza peel with yellow cornmeal before adding the dough
Add the dough to the peel and shape your crust
Add the shaped crust to the baking screen and cook for 1 minute
Remove the dough from the grill or the oven bring and lightly flip the dough over to remove any air bubbles.  Doing this also doesn’t make the crust overdone.
Spread the fig jam immediately on the warm dough with a spatula and smooth the jam
Add the sausage meat on top of the fig jam
Grate the gouda and cover the sausage on the dough well
Using the pizza peel add it back to the grill or oven and bake for 7 minutes
For the grill heat it for 7 minutes rotating the dough at the 1/2  way mark to keep the crust cooking evenly
For the oven return to the stone and cook for 7 minutes
Time may differ a bit depending on the oven and grill used
And enjoy
Note: This pizza is not overly sweet.  The fig jam is not like breakfast jam it’s more savory
Optional toppings:
  • shredded mozzarella
  • shredded smoked mozzarella
  • crumbled blue cheese
  • asiago, mozzarella, and grated parmesan cheese
  • shredded chicken: instead of cooked sausage
Keyword fig jam pizza, grilled pizza, pizza

26 thoughts on “Tradition How To Make Pizza

  1. Cindy, this is pinned! Your tips are great, and especially helpful to this novice! I’ve been reluctant to make my own pizza using fresh dough, but I think I’m going to try it. I love fig jam pizza with proscuitto and gorganzola. Can’t wait to try!

  2. OMG Cindy this has my mouth watering. How delish this is. Thanks for sharing. I love to make things like this on a Friday night too. We watch shows and have pizza. Happy Friday. Have a great weekend. xoxo Kris

  3. This looks delicious and I would never have thought of the combination. I feel in love with fig preserves over the summer … and I can see how they’d translate well to a pizza. Yum Yum! xo

  4. I could eat pizza 7 days a week, but I’ve never made it myself. This looks interesting!! Maybe one day I’ll give it a try!!

  5. I do love fig jam on pizza, but have never paired it with spicy Italian sausage. Yum! Sounds like a good combo. Pizza Friday is a fab tradition to share with your friends.

  6. Friday night has always been pizza night in our house too! My husband makes the dough, sauce and toppings. We’ve never made a fig jam pizza, but we might have to give it a try! Thanks for the cornmeal tip.

  7. I have never heard of this Cindy but I love pizza and I love figs so I can’t wait to try this recipe. There are a lot of people from NY and NJ that live in Florida and we always say the best pizza places are the ones that are owned by true New Yorkers! Super excited to try this! Hugs, CoCo

  8. Such an amazing idea! We love fig jam in my home and use it every time with put appetizers together. This will be added to our list!

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