It’s not delivery. It’s not Digiorno. It’s homemade pizza and it’s delicious. Give pizza party a whole new meaning when you put together pizzas from scratch!
What You Need
1 pound pizza dough
1/2 to 1 cup sauce
2 to 3 cups of toppings
1 to 2 cups (8 to 16 ounces) cheese, shredded or sliced: mozzarella, provolone, feta, ricotta, or any other favorite.
Cornmeal or flour
1. Crank the heat! If you want a crispy crust, don’t be afraid! Mimic the wood burning ovens and crack up the heat to the highest setting. The high heat will help make a crunchier and more flavorful crust. Place your baking stone in the lower-middle rack of your oven and then heat up your oven for at least half an hour.
2. Divide the dough. One pound of dough makes two 10-inch pizzas. Slice the dough in half and cover one half with a flour sack towel while you prepare the first pizza.
3. Form your crust. Form it into a large disk with your hands and lay it 0n a pre-floured pizza peel. You can flour it with a thin layer of flour, rice flour, or corn meal. Use your hands or a rolling pin to flatten the dough until it is 1/4-inch thick or less. If the dough starts to shrink back, let it rest for 5 minutes and then continue rolling. Shake the peel or baking sheet frequently as you shape to make sure the dough isn’t sticking.
4. Top the pizza. Spoon a few tablespoons of sauce into the center of the pizza and use the back of a spoon to spread it out to the edges. Pile on all of your toppings.
5. Bake the pizza. Using a pizza peel, slide your pizza onto the baking stone. Cook for 5 minutes, then rotate the pizza with a peel. Bake for another 3 to 5 minutes, until the crust is golden-brown and the cheese looks toasty.
6. Slice and serve. Let the pizza cool slightly on a cooling rack, just until you’re able to handle it. Slice it into pieces and serve.