If you know me, you’ll know I’m a pizza enthusiast. Give me pizza crust and cheese, and I’m happy. So it’s only fitting that today we’re talking all things pizza from the best pizza dough recipe to Neapolitan pizza and Detroit style pizza recipes, to even my favorite kitchen tools for a pizza night at home.
Pizza Dough Recipe
Every pizza starts with a good base, so let’s break down how to make pizza dough.
My favorite pizza dough recipe only calls for five ingredients: 00 flour, all-purpose flour, salt, active dry yeast, and olive oil. 00 flour is a super finely ground Italian flour that makes Neapolitan pizza so special. Because 00 flour is high in protein and low in gluten, it yields a pizza with a light, tender, and crispy crust. This is key because no one wants a tough pizza. If you can’t find 00 flour at your local grocery store, you can also order it from Amazon.
There’s also Detroit style pizza dough which differs from Neapolitan dough since it doesn’t require any kneading by hand and only uses AP flour. This makes it the perfect pizza dough to bake in a pan and gives you a thick pizza crust with those crispy edges that a Detroit style slice is known for.
Can you freeze pizza dough?
Absolutely! If you’re making pizza dough ahead, you can double the recipe, portion it out into 4 pieces, and once it’s done resting/rising/doing its thing, wrap it up tightly with plastic wrap and pop it in the freezer for a later day. Just be sure to take it out, let it thaw, and come to room temp before attempting to roll it out and make a pizza.
What’s the best store-bought pizza dough?
I will admit, I don’t always have time to make pizza dough from scratch. And since I’m an equal opportunity pizza consumer, I’m not against buying pizza dough when I’m in a pinch. I’ve found Whole Foods and Eataly to have the best pre-made pizza dough that you can grab in the refrigerated section, but it’s also worth checking at your local Italian deli to see if they make and sell their own dough.
We’ve talked all about Neapolitan pizza dough, now let’s talk about some of my favorite ways to use it. You can keep it simple with my three cheese pizza or try something new like chicken parmesan pizza. Let’s just agree on one thing LOTS of cheese is a given.
Detroit Style Pizza
What is Detroit style pizza? Traditionally Detroit style pizza is a rectangular pizza known for the thick crust with crispy laced edges of bubbling cheese and tomato sauce. It’s LOADED with cheese, so you’ll get a bit of gooey and crispy cheese in every bite. And for toppings – well, anything is fair game. I’ve also included a few similar style pizza recipes that I think you’ll love if you’re a fan of the thick and crispy crust and gooey cheesy center of a Detroit style pizza.
If you’re looking for a fruit pizza recipe, look no further. From figs to peaches, you really can’t go wrong with your toppings. Oh, and you can’t forget about Hawaiian Pizza!
White Pizza & Pesto Pizza Recipes
White pizza is basically pizza without the red sauce. Instead, white pizza sauce is made of a combination of olive oil, garlic, and copious amounts of cheese. Similarly, pesto pizza uses pesto as the base instead of red sauce.
Let me tell you I live for a veggie pizza. Sky’s the limit for veggie pizza toppings, mushrooms, corn, squash, zucchini, spinach, you name it.
Sheet Pan Pizza Recipes
I’ve got quick and easy weeknight meals covered with these sheet pan pizza recipes.
Give me a crispy tortilla slathered with refried beans, cheese, and carnitas, and I’ll be one happy gal! This Mexican pizza gives Taco Bell a run for their money.
Grilled Pizza Recipes
One of my favorite ways to make pizza is cooking it on the grill. If you haven’t grilled pizza before, it’s really simple. Roll out your dough, and then give it a little brush with some olive oil. Next, gently transfer the dough straight onto the piping hot grill and let it cook for just a few moments on each side until there are grill marks and the dough starts to bubble. Then take it off the grill carefully, top it with whatever you want, and throw it back on for a hot second to melt the cheese. It’s that easy!
Breakfast Pizza Recipes
Pizza for breakfast, sign me up! Not only is a breakfast pizza a great weekend brunch that can feed a crowd, but why not have your bacon and eggs on a pizza in the morning.
These are my favorite kitchen tools for making pizza from home.
Stand Mixer – I’ve had multiple over the years and currently have a matte black one that was a special edition and I’m not so sure they make it anymore! But here’s the link to the same model – pick your favorite color! | Available at Williams Sonoma, Crate and Barrel, Bed Bath & Beyond, & Best Buy
Garlic Goodness Oil – OMG!! The best olive oil infusion known to man. This Garlic Goodness situation can be drizzled on your pizza dough as a base!
Tastes Like Pizza Oil – Amazing on pizza or elevate everything in your life with this dipping sauce or olive oil to taste like pizza!
Lemon Pepper Parmesan Oil – This would be absolutely delicious drizzled on pizza dough!
Ciao Bella Italian Seasoning – This is going to be your go to Italian seasoning! It’s incredible!
Tastes Like Pizza Seasoning – It’s a seasoning that literally TASTES LIKE PIZZA. I can’t even!!! I’m fully obsessed.
Lemon Pepper Parmesan Seasoning – One of my favorites! Just a sprinkle adds delicious depth to everything.
For even more tips and tricks on how to make pizza at home check out my podcast episodes on pizza:
- Let’s Get Into Pizza Dough, Freezing Meat 101, Pantry + Kitchen ORG and Recipes to Make When Your Partner is OOT!
Pizza Recipes Better Than Delivery: Burrata Pizza Pie
- 1 recipe Homemade Pizza Dough
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce
- 8 ounces burrata cheese
- 1 3- ounce package prosciutto
- handful of fresh basil fried or torn into pieces
- red pepper flakes
- Pre-heat your oven to 500 degrees.
- Thirty minutes before cooking the pizza, put your pizza stone in the oven.
- Stretch out your pizza dough using your hands in a circular motion, then lay it on a flat surface and flatten it out using a rolling pin. If you have a pizza peel, sprinkle some flour on it and place the stretched out dough on the peel.
- Once your dough is flat and ready to be heated, use a spoon to spread the pizza sauce all around the dough leaving a little bit for the crust.
- Pop your pizza peel in the oven and slide it over the stone for ten minutes.
- After ten minutes, pull out the pizza and sprinkle the creamy burrata on top of the pie.
- Put your pizza back in the oven for another 3-4 minutes.
- When the cheese is just starting to melt, take it out and top with prosciutto and the fried basil, salt, and red pepper flakes. Cut into 6-8 slices and serve immediately.