Neapolitan Style Pizza

I am always on the constant pursuit to try to perfect pizza. You might already be familiar with all of the pizza recipes I’ve made, and as they have always been great (in my opinion), I am always looking to improve on the dough. I believe with this last batch, I probably did a fairly close job to making a neapolitan style pizza dough. It had the right amount of air pockets, and a good chew.

This past week allowed me to tinker with the dough and bust out the KettlePizza (which I love using). Granted the pizzas only took minutes to cook in the KettlePizza, the dough itself was the star and took days to ferment.

Neapolitan Style Pizza Recipe
Neapolitan Style Pizza Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 lb 00 flour, plus more for dusting your work surface
  • 25 g kosher salt
  • .80 g active dry yeast
  • 2 1/4 cups warm water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, optional
  • buffalo mozzarella
  • your favorite pizza sauce
  • your favorite toppings

The goal is to measure by weight, so if you have a digital food scale (which I highly recommend), use it. I found that measuring by weight rather than volume is one of the keys to a good hydration ratio. I also have been using the double zero style flour as it is a bit finer and gets the texture I am looking for.

Start by adding the flour to a mixing bowl along with the salt, yeast, and then slowly add in the water. Slowly mix, either by hand, or what I use, the KitchenAid mixer. Mix for only a minute or so, then let it rest for a few minutes. After a few minutes scrape the sides of the bowl with a wooden spoon to get any flour into the center of the mixing bowl, then mix on medium for about 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes, turn off the mixer. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, then with a kitchen towel. You will place this in a warm area to let the dough rise. I like to place a coffee mug filled with water and place into our microwave for about a minute, then let the steam build up. I then remove the mug, and place the covered bowl in there.

Once the dough has risen, about double in size, if not more, then lightly flour your work surface, and divide the dough into 3 equal portions. Lightly oil with olive oil, place in a sealed container, and place into your refrigerator for 4 days to ferment. Yep, I did 4 days, and it was awesome!

Neapolitan Style Pizza Recipe
Neapolitan Style Pizza Recipe

After 4 days, and when you are ready to make the pizzas, remove the dough, a few hours in advance, from the refrigerator to let it come close to room temperature.

Lightly flour your work surface with the double zero flour. Remove one of the balls of dough from the container and place onto the floured surface.

Gently working from the center outward, begin shaping your dough into a pizza like shape. I find that the circle does not need to be perfect, but once you have formed your dough into a thin circle, then move it onto a lightly dusted pizza paddle. Now begin building your pizza.

Take some sauce and lightly coat your pizza. Then top with a a good buffalo mozzarella cheese. I tear off chunks of the cheese and top on the pizza. I’ve found that buffalo mozzarella cheese works way better than a store bought shredded type.  Then top with your favorite ingredients. The pizza above used thinly sliced mushrooms, onion, and bell peppers.

If you are using an oven, preheat it to the highest temperature, along with the pizza stone, or if you are using the KettlePizza then make sure your kettle is heated. I like my kettle heated to around 700 degrees.

Slide your pizza in onto the stone or into your kettle, and cook until the crust is golden and the toppings are cooked.

The end result is a perfect crust that was crisp, airy, and had the perfect chew, and that four day fermentation did the trick! I’m sure I will continue to tinker with dough throughout my life, but so far this one is the shining star. Good luck and I hope you enjoy!

Corn and Zucchini Pizza

I swear I think we ate pizza all weekend long. This is not a bad thing, trust me. I think we had thrown in a couple of frozen pizzas on Saturday night, and I ended up eating leftover frozen pizza from a few batches back for breakfast on Sunday, and then I had two batches of pizza dough, only to be used on the KettlePizza. Yep, it was that kind of weekend, but I was definitely OK with that. Have I mentioned that I could probably live off pizza, or heck tacos for that matter? This was actually great timing as I was able to cook down a lot of my tomatoes and make a great pizza sauce, use up more of my zucchini, and use up some leftover corn that we received from some farmer. I’m not sure why I decided to come up with this corn and zucchini pizza, but am I glad I did! Both my wife and I kind of giggled as it had so much flavor and the pop from the corn really made this pizza shine. It was so good, I ended up making three of them!

Corn and Zucchini Pizza Recipe
Corn and Zucchini Pizza Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch of your favorite pizza dough, tossed into about a 14″ round
  • 1 cup of your favorite pizza sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup of sliced zucchini
  • 1 cob of cooked corn, kernels reserved
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced, optional
  • 1/2 cup portabella mushrooms, sliced, optional
  • 1/2 tsp salt, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder, optional

I use a KettlePizza, however if you are not using this, heat your oven to the highest temperature with the pizza stone in there for preheating.

During this time, make the pizza.

Once the dough is formed, lightly dust a pizza paddle with the light corn meal so that it will slide off easily, and then add the formed pizza dough.

Next, top with the sauce, and then with cheese. Layer on the corn, and zucchini, along with the shallots and mushrooms if you are going that route. Sprinkle with the salt and garlic powder, and place into your KettlePizza, or oven, and cook until the crust is nice and golden and everything has cooked through.

How to make a corn and zucchini pizza
How to make a corn and zucchini pizza

 

Seriously, this was one of the better pizzas I have made. My wife and I could not stop eating it. We would slice it, then walk away from it thinking we were done, then slice more, and well that pretty much continued until the pizza was all done.

Corn and Zucchini Pizza Recipe
Corn and Zucchini Pizza Recipe

If you are looking something beyond meat lover’s style pizza, give this one a shot. To be honest, I did not miss the meat on this pizza, it was that great. Hope you enjoy!

Corn and Zucchini Pizza
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Recipe type: Pizza
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 batch of your favorite pizza dough, tossed into about a 14" round
  • 1 cup of your favorite pizza sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup of sliced zucchini
  • 1 cob of cooked corn, kernels reserved
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced, optional
  • ½ cup portabella mushrooms, sliced, optional
  • ½ tsp salt, to taste
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder, optional
Instructions
  1. I use a KettlePizza, however if you are not using this, heat your oven to the highest temperature with the pizza stone in there for preheating.
  2. During this time, make the pizza.
  3. Once the dough is formed, lightly dust a pizza paddle with the light corn meal so that it will slide off easily, and then add the formed pizza dough.
  4. Next, top with the sauce, and then with cheese. Layer on the corn, and zucchini, along with the shallots and mushrooms if you are going that route. Sprinkle with the salt and garlic powder, and place into your KettlePizza, or oven, and cook until the crust is nice and golden and everything has cooked through.

 

Nueske’s Bacon Pizza

A couple of weeks back, it was pizza night. Yes, we have pizza night, and to me it trumps taco night. Well, let’s just say it is extremely close to taco night. I knew that I had my dough, and a bunch of cheese, also some miscellaneous vegetables, but I did not know if we had pepperoni. Lord forbid if we don’t have pepperoni for one of my picky eaters. With that said, I decided to not stop at the store and pick up pepperoni. I was going to take a chance on what I had at home. Low and behold do you think I had pepperoni? Nope. What was a man to do to accommodate this picky eater? Well, I made bacon pizza. REALLY GOOD BACON PIZZA.

As I did not have pepperoni, what I did have was a great package of Nueske’s Wild Cherrywood Smoked Uncured Bacon.  I was stoked to say the least, and I am a big fan of bacon on pizza to begin with, however I have never tried to just make a bacon pizza. This was the time, and that time was great.

As my daughter was craving my fried pizza dough sticks, I decided to accommodate her on that request as well as I had plenty of dough to go around.

Nueske's Bacon Pizza Recipe
Nueske’s Bacon Pizza

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ball of pizza dough, shaped into a 12 or 14″ round
  • 4 slices of Nueske’s bacon, or your favorite, sliced and par cooked
  • 3 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • light corn meal, optional

That’s it. Pretty easy. It’s a bacon pizza.

I use a KettlePizza, however if you are not using this, heat your oven to the highest temperature with the pizza stone in there for preheating.

During this time, make the pizza.

Start by heating a skillet on medium heat, and add the bacon. You are not going to fully cook the bacon, but about half way, as the rest will cook with the pizza. Once partially cooked, remove, and strain any fat on a paper lined plate.

Nueske's Bacon Pizza Ingredients
Nueske’s Bacon Pizza Ingredients

Once the dough is formed, lightly dust a pizza paddle with the light corn meal so that it will slide off easily, and then add the formed pizza dough.

Next, top with the cheese. Yes, I did not use sauce on this one, only cheese and bacon.

Top with the bacon, and then cook in your oven until the cheese is melted, the bacon is slightly crisp, and the dough is golden.

Nueske's Bacon Pizza
Nueske’s Bacon Pizza

Dig in.

Now do you think my kid(s) loved this pizza? Heck yes they did. Even one of my kids that typically does not like bacon (Yes, I have one), loved it. I had to make another one because they all devoured it so quickly. Thankfully the KettlePizza comes to the rescue there as I can cook a pizza in about 4 minutes using that.

Regardless, if you have never tried a simple bacon pizza, give this a try. It’s really, really good.

Puttanesca Pizza

Pizza is a big deal in my house. I honestly do not remember the last time I threw a frozen pizza in the oven, maybe it was weeks ago for a quick dinner for my kids, but typically I am making my own dough and using the outdoor Kettle Pizza that my wife got me last year for Father’s Day.  I love the Kettle Pizza, and have been knocking out great pizzas in a matter of minutes. This one was no exception.

Every couple of weeks, I make pizzas, and I typically have the kids build their own pizzas. Typically the standard is pepperoni, a sausage, and a cheese and onion. My wife may get a little crazy and ask for a mushroom and onion, but me, I always leave some dough for a new creation. This is when the puttanesca pizza came into play.

Puttanesca Pizza Recipe

Puttanesca is typically done with pasta, however the sauce is the golden ticket, and what a better way to use it than with pizza.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch of your favorite pizza dough
  • 4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 4 fillets of anchovy, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried red chili flakes
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of kalamata olives, pitted
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese

Start by making the sauce. Remember, it’s all about the sauce.

To a skillet, on medium heat, add the oil and let that come to temperature.

Add the garlic, chili flakes, anchovies, kalamata olives, and salt and pepper. Give a good stir.

Puttanesca Pizza Ingredients

Once the garlic begins to turn color, add in the sauce, and give another good stir. Then add in the capers, and let this sauce cook, on low heat for about 10 minutes.

Next, form your pizza dough. Sprinkle the dough with the Italian seasoning. Ladle on the puttanesca sauce on top of the dough, then top with the mozzarella cheese.

Place into a very hot oven on a preheated pizza stone (or use your grill and Kettle Pizza if you have one), and cook until the dough is nice and crisp and the cheese is nice and melted.

Puttanesca Pizza

 

The end result is awesome! The sauce, if you have never had it, is packed full of flavor. It’s spicy, briney, garlicy, and just down right delicious, and when put on a pizza, well heck, it just gets even better. Hope you enjoy!

Puttanesca Pizza
Recipe type: Pizza
Cuisine: Italian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 batch of your favorite pizza dough
  • 4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 4 fillets of anchovy, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried red chili flakes
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • ¼ cup of kalamata olives, pitted
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Start by making the sauce. Remember, it’s all about the sauce.
  2. To a skillet, on medium heat, add the oil and let that come to temperature.
  3. Add the garlic, chili flakes, anchovies, kalamata olives, and salt and pepper. Give a good stir.
  4. Once the garlic begins to turn color, add in the sauce, and give another good stir. Then add in the capers, and let this sauce cook, on low heat for about 10 minutes.
  5. Next, form your pizza dough. Sprinkle the dough with the Italian seasoning. Ladle on the puttanesca sauce on top of the dough, then top with the mozzarella cheese.
  6. Place into a very hot oven on a preheated pizza stone (or use your grill and Kettle Pizza if you have one), and cook until the dough is nice and crisp and the cheese is nice and melted.
  7. The end result is awesome! The sauce, if you have never had it, is packed full of flavor. It’s spicy, briney, garlicy, and just down right delicious, and when put on a pizza, well heck, it just gets even better. Hope you enjoy!