Monday, January 9, 2012

Beating the delivery boy: Pizza in 30 minutes or less

I can't count how many times I've made pizza. If I had to guess, I'd say somewhere between 150 to 200 in the past few years. After making it so many times, I can proudly say that I have perfected my pizza recipe. People tend to be pretty defensive about their favorite pizza places and recipes, so I am not saying this is the best recipe, the best pizza, or anything like that. What I am saying is that this recipe is perfect for me. Sometimes I change it up, sometimes I follow it to the T. For instance, this time I added some chopped parsley to my pizza because I had some on hand. Some parts of my recipe are necessary though. The important parts of my recipe are as follows.

  • Use store bought dough. The time and labor involved with making your own pizza dough just isn't worth it.
  • Use a pizza stone. If you don't have one, use a sheet pan instead.
  • Preheat your oven and your pizza stone (or sheet pan) while you make the pizza.
  • Cook the pizza at 500F.
  • Put your rack at the lowest position possible.
  • Use parchment paper to make transfer into the oven and onto the stone in the oven as easy as possible.
  • Use a wet paper towel to seal the edges.

The finished product.
Cheese Pizza:
1 package store bought dough
1 1/2 to 2 cups mozzarella cheese
Your favorite pasta sauce or ground tomatoes
Grated hard Italian cheese such as Parmesan or Pecorino (Not the B.S. that comes out of the shaker.)
Coarse kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper
Parchment paper

1. Place the pizza stone in your oven on the lowest position and set it to a heat of 500F.
2. While the oven preheats, roll out the dough on a table dusted with flour, using more flour as needed so the dough does not stick. The dough should be about 1/4 inch thick when rolled out.
3. When the dough is rolled out into your desired shape, rip a piece of parchment paper big enough to hold your pizza and place on top of the dough. Grab the dough and parchment paper and flip them over.
4. Fold a paper towel in half twice and wet under your faucet. Squeeze out the excess water and then dab the outside inch of your dough with the napkin.
5. Roll the wet edges to make your crust.
6. Add a 1/2 cup of your sauce and spread evenly with a large spoon. Add more as needed.
7. Sprinkle the pizza with the mozzarella. Add more to suit your tastes.
8. Season the pizza with your salt, pepper, and hard cheese.
9. If your oven is preheated, slide a sheet pan under your parchment paper and slide this onto the stone. If it isn't preheated, wait until it hits about 475F and then throw it in.
10. Cook for 10 minutes and do not open the oven.
11. After 10 minutes, check your pizza for doneness and let it cook longer if you want.
12. Let your pizza rest for 5 minutes, then slice and enjoy.



1 comment:

  1. I love making pizza too.. it is way easier than most people think.


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