So one of the things that I’ve been doing more of, for many reasons, is cooking things that I’ve never made before. A couple months ago I made homemade pizza from scratch which is a pretty amazing accomplishment seeing as the time I spent in the industry. Well for Pi day i decided to up the ante a bit and make some pan pizza (which is my favorite type of pizza). It was amazing, and here is a visual account of my journey.
So the first step of the process was to start a day before Pi day, actually, to start the dough making process. I used a recipe that somebody found for me who I trust. You can find the recipe HERE if you’d like to check it out for yourself! So basically it’s just the basics. Flour, salt, yeast, oil and water. Mix those up and and then you let the dough sit for 8-24 hours. I made mine about a day ahead.
The next step on Pi day, was to pour some wine as you can see from the first picture. After a few sips of that, I oiled up my skillet, and then took the dough and separated it into two pieces. After that, you take the dough and fold it in upon itself at the bottom while rotating it. Once you do that for awhile it’s back to proofing, this time in the pan and oil. Depending on the temperature of your house, you let the dough proof for about 2 hours. During this time I played some video games, and sipped wine, but you of course, can do whatever you want.
After a couple hours of proofing it was time to get into the meat and toppings. I used package pepperoni, but bob evens italian sausage. While the sauce was cooking, which I made from THIS recipe with a few modifications, i cooked the sausage nice and crispy the way i like it, and chopped the onion. I also had pre sliced black olives. The sauce is basically just chopped tomatoes with olive oil and salt. I also added a pinch of sugar because I like a bit of a sweeter sauce, and then I also mixed in some Parmesan into the sauce. The directions for the sauce didn’t call to cook it, but I wanted to melt down the parm a bit. I probably could have halved the recipe, but I didn’t so i have another patty that i can use later in the week to make another pizza and all the leftover toppings as well. I also bought some english muffins to make little mini pizzas that will be good for lunch throughout the week as well.
After getting everything ready it was time to make this beautiful creation. Sauce out to the edges, and then i added the black olives, Italian sausage, onions, and then lots of pepperoni because it’s my favorite, and it was my prerogative! Topped lastly with plenty of cheese and then put into the oven for 15 minutes or so. The recipe calls for the oven to be at like 515 i think, but my electric stove/oven only goes up to 500. Which was fine.
As you can see above the crust turned out amazing. Nice and crispy on the outside but still chewy and soft on the inside. Probably one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had if we’re being honest. Is it because I made it myself from (mostly) scratch? Probably. But it’s my blog post so I get to make all the assumptions and statements i want to. I highly recommend trying this at some point if you like thicker crust pizzas. If you’re into thinner crusts than just avoid this because it’s not gonna be for you. You can find the recipe for the dough at https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2013/01/foolproof-pan-pizza-recipe.htmlhttps://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2013/01/foolproof-pan-pizza-recipe.html and you can find the sauce recipe at https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/red-sauce-for-pizza.