Whether you plan to cook your pie in a conventional oven, on the BBQ or in a wood-fired pizza oven, it is important to cook your pizza on a hot surface for the perfect crisp crust. Pizza stones are great for this, but a heavy-duty baking sheet or cast-iron skillet will work just fine as well. It is best for the surface to already be hot when you start cooking your pizza. So, while you are building your pizza, preheat the oven or BBQ with your surface inside.
Make sure you cook your pizza at a high temperature. You want the crust to bake quickly to recreate the taste of a pizza being cooked in a restaurant-style oven. We suggest at least 425 degrees F, but between 500 and 550 is best.
The dough can make or break your pizza. If you’re making your pizza from scratch, try stretching the dough instead of rolling or pressing down while you shape. This will keep the dough light and airy to create the perfect crust while it bakes. To make the stretching process easier, don’t use cold dough. Take the dough out of the fridge about 30 minutes before you start to bring it to room temperature. We also love a pre-made dough or crust for an easy, weeknight pizza dinner.
You can sauce and top your pizza with just about anything. Try experimenting with seasonal veggies, or switch things up by using salsa instead of tomato sauce or goat cheese instead of (or in addition to) Mozzarella. You really can’t go wrong. With that being said, there is such a thing as too many toppings. Just a thin layer of sauce, and a reserved amount of toppings will do the trick. Over saucing or over topping your pizza will make it harder for the crust to cook fully and you can end up with a soggy mess.
Let’s be honest…we don’t always have time to make a pizza from scratch…but that doesn’t have to keep you from enjoying an epic pizza. Just “plus-up” a frozen pizza! Add fresh veggies to a premade pepperoni pizza, or cook up your favorite protein and add to a traditional cheese pizza. The possibilities are endless!