How to Make a Pizza Generally if you ask someone what their favorite food is you’ll probably hear the word pizza. Pizza is one of everyone’s favorite foods. There is so many different toppings, cheeses, sauces, and crust styles. But not everyone knows how to make a pizza, so this essay will break the recipe down step by step to tell someone how to prepare and create a pizza. First, to start out you must start by prepping all of the necessary items for the pizza. Generally you will start by making the dough.The dough consist of two and a half cups of flour, one and a half teaspoon of yeast, half a teaspoon of salt, a small pinch of sugar, and a cup of warm water. In order to make the dough you mix yeast, warm water, and sugar into a mixer.
Then you will turn the mixer on to low and let mix for about ten minutes. Then after ten minutes of mixing you will add the flour, sugar, and salt and let mix for about twenty more minutes. Finally after the dough is finished, you will pull the dough out of the bowl and place it on a table in order to rise and later be cut, weighed, and rolled into a proportional size, round dough ball.The second step to making a pizza is preparing the pizza sauce. The pizza sauce consists of 6 oz. of tomato paste, one and a half cups of water, one-third cup of olive oil, two cloves of minced garlic, a half teaspoon of oregano, half teaspoon of basil, and half teaspoon of rosemary. To start the sauce you will need to mix the tomato paste and water into a large pot. Then you will mix in your minced garlic.
To mince the garlic just chop it a little bit finer than dicing it. After the garlic you will put in your dried spices.After all of your ingredients are in give the sauce a good stirring in order to mix all of the ingredients really well. Then turn the stove on to low and let simmer for about a half hour. Later when the sauce has simmered you can add salt and pepper for taste and even sugar to sweeten the sauce a little bit. The third step to making a pizza is choosing your types of cheeses and toppings.
Most pizzas use mozzarella, parmesan, and romano cheese. However you can use substitutes like provolone, fontina, feta, monterey jack, or blue cheese that give your pizza a different flavor.Most stores have pre shredded cheese but if not use a cheese grader to shred your desired cheese.
After choosing your cheese you will then pick the toppings on you pizza which could be either meat like ham, sausage, pepperoni, ground beef, italian sausage, chicken, or any other kind of meat you like. For your vegetables you can use onions, green peppers, tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, chilies, and also any other vegetable that you like. To prepare your toppings for the pizza you will need a knife and a cutting board to cut your meat and vegetables into smaller bite size pieces.Most meats will come packaged in smaller sizes or already ground up but if not just simply cut the pieces into smaller portions. For the vegetables the easiest way to cut them is by dicing them. When dicing a vegetable cut vertical slits all the way down the vegetable and then turn the vegetable on its side and cut where the slit is the deepest. This will make little small cubes of the vegetable which is very delicious on pizza.
Now that all of the essential ingredients are prepared for a great pizza you can get on your way to making a pizza.After gathering all of your prepared ingredients, you will start with the dough again by rolling out the dough, weigh the dough to determine the size and thickness of your crust and then roll it into an even round ball. After that is done compress the dough in a bin of flour to prevent breaks and sticking of the dough. Afterwards roll the dough out until it is at your desired level of thickness and size. Then stretch the dough onto one of your baking sheets. If you want a thicker crust for your pizza uses a pan with a sidewall. It is the same process except after you roll the dough out take your sidewall pan and press the dough into the pan.It is okay if the dough isn’t completely even in the pan because it will rise evenly when it is baked.
After your dough is on or in your pan, the next process is to apply your pizza sauce. Do not apply the sauce right after it has been simmering give it time to cool so it does not melt your cheese. The easiest tool to use for this is a ladle. Use the ladle to apply as much sauce as you desire. After this is done use the bottom of the ladle to spread out the pizza sauce. It is easier to start in the center and create spiraling circles around the dough leaving enough room for crust to form.After the pizza sauce is spread nice and even, the next step is to apply your cheese and toppings. A lot of pizza makers like to put the parmesan and romano cheese on first and then thicker mozzarella cheese.
After the cheese is on there the next step is to apply your toppings. Before you apply your toppings all over the pizza remember when the cheese melts the toppings will slide with the cheese, so be sure to evenly spread your toppings out. After the toppings are spread out on the pizza the next step is to bake it in the oven. First the oven must be preheated to 425 degrees.Other temperatures may have to be used due to the differences in ovens. After the oven is preheated place your pizza in the oven and let it bake for 15-20 minutes.
When the pizza is done it will have a light golden crust. After the pizza is done take it out of the oven. Be sure to use a pair of hot mats or mittens to grab the pizza. Let the pizza cool for about five minutes. After the pizza is done cooling use a pizza cutter or knife to cut the pizza in to slices.
After the pizza is cut into slices, serve the pizza on a pan and enjoy.