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MeridianDog
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Home Pizza Done Another Way



I enjoyed the various pizza threads that folks posted a month or two back. I even considered buying a pizza steel - like I need another something in my kitchen stuff collection.

We do home made pizzas every so often and stick to a fairly plain recipe that I'll share with three photos of the finished pizza we had tonight. I had no intention of posting anything today, and then decided I would at least show the final result. This will make one 14 inch pizza.

Our Dough: Start with 2 grams active yeast in a glass bowl. Add 2 teaspoons sugar and a half cup of tepid water. I just run the hot water and get my water from the faucet when it feels right. Stir and let this sit for 15 minutes and then hand mix (wooden spoon) about a cup and a half of AP flour into the yeast mixture. I stop adding flour when the dough is still sticky and a little too wet to work with.

I dump this into a lightly (olive oil) oiled 4 cup pyrex measuring cup and turn it with my wooden spoon to get all sides oiled. This is covered and allowed to rise in a warm place until doubled - about two hours.

To the doubled dough I add two teaspoons of kosher salt, punch it down and turn it out into a floured (1/2 cup AP flour) bowl. I press and turn the dogh ball, picking up a little more flour each time, until I have a fairly dry dough ball. I try not to work the dough much because I don't want to develop the gluten. When all is good, I probably have added another half cup of AP flour.

This is oiled to cover all sides of the dough ball, which is now dry enough to hold and returned to the pyrex measuring cup, covered, moved to the warm place and allowed to double again. Probably an hour.

If I have done everything right, there wil not be much gluten in the dough and it will press out into a thin crust without much trouble.

Sauce:

When I start the dough, I mix a half teaspoon garlic powder, 2 teaspoons of dried oregano and a teaspoon of chopped or chiffanode basil in 3 tablespoons of tomato puree and set it aside. That is my sauce.

Oven:

Place pizza stone in oven and preheat oven to 500 then hold at temp for 20 minutes to heat the stone.

Building the pizza:

I have a large Calphalon pizza pan I like to use. Most of the time I do not cook directly on the stone. I oil the pan lightly and place the dough in the pan after forming the round. Quickly spread the sauce, add 3/4 cup shredded mozarella, pepperoni and a tablespoon or two of parmesan sliced with my potato peeler.

I probably cooked tonight's pizza for 10 minutes after checking it a couple of times, because I don't like burned crust.







Pizza, done a different way.







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dallastiger55
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Looks tremendous but I'm lazy so I just order delivery from a Italian joint up the road for $10.


Hats off. I would eat two of those






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fightin tigers
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Looks delicious, New York style foldable crust or was it crispy?


For reference, pizza steel for about 90 seconds









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Rohan2Reed
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re: Home Pizza Done Another Way


nice job on the crust and sauce.

were the toppings Kraft mozzarella and Hormel pepperoni?






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MeridianDog
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Crispy crust. My preference.





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MeridianDog
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quote:

from a Italian joint up the road




There is no italian joint up the road from us.






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jimithing11
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quote:

were the toppings Kraft mozzarella and Hormel pepperoni?









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LSU Piston
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For a lil tip...throw some cornmeal on the pizza stone. Then, roll your dough. Makes a great, bottom crust.







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fightin tigers
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quote:

For a lil tip...throw some cornmeal on the pizza stone. Then, roll your dough. Makes a great, bottom crust.


I have been trying this and it just causes the dough to stick more. Surprised me because I have always heard this. Haven't given up on it, but messed up a pizza the other night because of it.






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dallastiger55
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FWIW my favorite gourmet pizza toppings are mushrooms, goat cheese, garlic and prosciutto

Soooo good






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Gris Gris
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IWEI

I buy Hormel pepperoni quite often. I like to make pepperoni chips with them in the microwave. Put them between paper towels and wave 'em.

I like a whole milk mozzarella on pizza better than fresh mozzarella on pizza. Like both but prefer whole milk.






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LSUballs
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Meridian blows dog. Went by 2 Micky D's to get a McMuffin and neither open till 6am. And the Wendy's don't serve breakfast. I realize I should have whipped out an fresh and organic breakfast on the engine of my truck while driving, but decided to go the fast food route instead. Meridian did not deliver.


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MeridianDog
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Waffle house is your friend. Always there. Always ready. Always Waffing

You can always count on Waffle House. And the people are so friendly, you won't mind the 40 minutes it takes to get your stuff.

Micky D's in Tuscaloosa was probably open by the time you got there. They also have a Krystal in case you wanted a sack of 12 Sliders for breakfast.

You could have stopped by the house and had a container of peach yogurt with the wife and me. Coffee was probably ready when you rolled through and teh yogurt is always there. I eat the yogurt made from recycled fuel oil, industrial byproducts and radioactive waste - not very organic, but I am special and can do such things with little worry of harm to this body the LORD made.

Saw a commercial where Mc Ds now has an egg white option for their Canadian BAcon, Cheese Muffin sandwich. Also for the McSausage and McBacon sandwiches.

I don't trust egg whites. How can they be good for you, since they lack all of the incredible chicken goodness of the yolk?

If they are going to offer options, I want the egg yolk McMuffin. They gotta do something with all of those left over egg yolks.




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tduecen
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I wish I had patience to cook





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Fat Harry
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Any tips for getting the pizza off the pizza peel and onto the stone? My crust often sticks to the peel and I end up with a calzone.





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Blind Boy Grunt
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Use Parchment Paper.





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MeridianDog
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quote:

tips for getting the pizza off the pizza peel and onto the stone


This is why I use a pizza pan. If the crust is dry enough it will slide. Also if you put a little corn meal on the peel it should slide.

Also if you oil the pan lightly and put the dough on the pan and the pan on the hot stone.

This is why I use a pan.






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