Pizza Recipes & Ideas
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5 Easy 3-Ingredient Pizza Sauces
You can make some pretty awesome pizza sauces from things you likely already have in your pantry. It doesn’t even have to be tomato-based (but I will argue a pizza party without a red-sauce pizza really isn’t a party at all). I love riffing though, whether that means making a creamy Alfredo-inspired sauce or an herby pesto. Lean on any of these five (three-ingredient) sauces the next time it’s homemade pizza night and you’ll forget all about that jarred stuff.
Mar 28, 2018
7 Things I Never Do When Making Homemade Pizza
I’m not sure when I turned into such a pizza fanatic, but when you’re willing to drive six hours roundtrip to eat at a pizza place you read about online and put down several hundred dollars for an outdoor pizza oven, you’ve got to admit to yourself that pizza isn’t just something you enjoy eating on Friday night — it’s your passion. For years, making great pizza at home always eluded me.
Mar 26, 2018
Why I’ve Become a Pizza Steel Convert
Last year I did a wild thing and got rid of my pizza stone. We have pizza once a week and I used that stone a ton! But I fell in love with another pizza cooking product that was easier to store, made for a crisper crust, and held more pizza: the baking steel. Here’s why I ditched my pizza stone and became a pizza baking steel convert. The Baking Steel was pioneered in 2012 by Andris Lagsdin, after a much-lauded Kickstarter campaign helped launch the brand and concept.
Mar 21, 2018
My Favorite Vegan Cheese for Pizza Night at Home
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It adds a salty, mildly sweet, gooey pockets all over the tops of my pizzas!
Mar 21, 2018
The Biggest Mistake You Can Make When Ordering Pizza to Go
It goes without saying that not all pizza takeout is created equal. My first two apartments with my husband were in Brooklyn, and we had a bounty of options. We had our choice of Neapolitan, Detroit-style, deep-dish, you name it. Now, at our house in Summit, NJ, the choices are a little more limited, but there’s enough.
Mar 15, 2018
This Smart Hack Will Change Your Mind About Frozen Pizza
That woman sprinting in heels to the frozen food section at 5 p.m.? That’s me when I forget to plan something for dinner. I’m a working single mom with three kids, and I’ve definitely been known to heat up a couple of frozen pizzas, bust out the paper plates, and eat in front of the television with my kiddos. But honestly, my brood has never actually loved frozen pizza night. They complain the crust is too soggy and tell me my homemade pizza is way better.
Oct 18, 2017
The 5 Best Pizza Places in Philly, According to a Local
Philly is known for its gooey cheesesteaks and soft pretzels, but we've been known to sling a mean pizza pie, too.
Jun 17, 2017
The United States Sets World Record for Longest Pizza
Pizzeria owners from coast to coast joined forces with more than a hundred pizza-loving volunteers to accomplish an impressive feat: the world’s longest pizza pie. Measuring 1.3 miles in length, the cheese pie took one week to create and was unveiled at a ceremony in Fontana, California over the weekend. The Guinness Book of World Records has verified its status.
Jun 14, 2017
One-Pan Pizza Chicken Is the Easy, Fun Dinner Your Monday Deserves
Winner, winner, one-pan (pizza) chicken dinner.
May 1, 2017
The Right Amount of Pizza to Order for a Party
Is there any more perfect party food than pizza? Completely customizable, perfectly portionable, and, well, just about irresistible, it can feed everyone from toddlers to octogenarians with ease. And the fact that this magical treat doesn’t need to be made by you and can arrive at your house without you having to do much more than press a button is, like we said, perfect. The only question when it comes to pizza — besides “Can I have it now?
Mar 15, 2017
This Sweet Potato & Salami Pizza Is Perfect for Dinner Tonight
If you celebrate Pizza Night every Friday, then you’ve probably tried plenty of different pizza toppings over the years. Maybe you’ve had tandoori chicken pizza, chicken Caesar pizza, rainbow pizza, breakfast pizza, or saag paneer pizza, but have you ever topped your pizza with sweet potato and salami?
Mar 10, 2017
The Internet Is Freaking Out Over People Dipping Pizza in Milk
Weird food pairings are unique to each person. Some people insist on dipping ruffles in cream cheese, while others loyally stand by eating fries with ranch. But every now and then a pairing comes around that enrages the masses. Right now, the upsetting combination is pizza and milk. Yes, people are dipping their pizza in milk. Munchies reports that Twitter user @hyrulecitizen first shared an image of dunking a slice of pepperoni pizza in milk.
Mar 9, 2017
Why My Week Always Includes a Pizza Night
Pizza Friday is a well-loved weekly event in our family. To be honest, I can’t remember why or how we started it, but I do know that having this day on the calendar each week has not only brought joy to my children, but also a little more sanity to my meal planning. Friday night pizza serves two important and seemingly unrelated purposes: clearing out the fridge and holding space for family time. Pizza for dinner always feels a bit frivolous and fun.
Mar 6, 2017
7 Reasons You Should Throw a Pizza Party for Any Birthday
The key to not stressing out about a birthday party is simple: Just serve pizza. There are so many reasons you should serve pizza at your next party — and basically no reasons not to. Yes, we realize it’s risky to make a blanket statement like this. But there are so many different options, there’s surely something for everyone — adults and children alike.
Mar 2, 2017
Does Pineapple Belong on Pizza? The President of Iceland Doesn’t Think So.
Pizza can be a very divisive issue. (Just ask New Yorkers and Chicagoans.) If regional styles weren’t dramatic enough, pizza toppings are now under scrutiny by international leaders. Or, at least, a politician from one Nordic island nation. Iceland’s President had some choice words about pineapple as a pizza topping this week. Spoiler alert: He’s not about it.
Feb 24, 2017
Spending Valentine’s Day Alone? Make This Pizza.
Maybe you’re happily single (and ready to mingle), maybe your sweetie is working late (like mine is), or maybe you just got out of a relationship and you’re feeling pretty sad. Regardless, just because you’re spending Valentine’s Day alone this year doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the holiday-themed fun. Show yourself some love by making this delicious heart-shaped pizza. Why this recipe? Well, first the obvious: The pizza is shaped like a heart.
Feb 14, 2017
Food Rivalries: Pie- or Square-Cut Pizzas
Ever notice how some arguments have had the same opposing sides for what seems like all of time? We’re exploring the discourse around common kitchen arguments in our series on ancient debates and food rivalries. There are always two sides to a story, and sometimes everyone’s right. Have you ever gotten into a good-natured screaming match with someone you’ve only known for two-and-a-half days? We did. It was about pizza.
Jan 28, 2017
Your Whole Family Will Love These Spaghetti Squash Pizza Boats
Looking for a fun twist on pizza night? These spaghetti squash boats are just the ticket. Topped with marinara sauce, mozzarella, and all your favorite toppings, this is a fun way to sneak some extra vegetables onto the plate. This recipe utilizes seasonal spaghetti squash to serve as the “crust” or base for these pizza boats. Simply slice the squash in half, scoop out the seeds and pulp, and then bake the halves until the squash is cooked through.
Nov 29, 2016
Of Course Eating Pizza Will Make You More Productive
This week the internet has become obsessed with the notion that eating pizza will make you more productive. In a study by Dan Ariely for his new book Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations, Ariely found that giving employees pizza was the best motivator for work. Pizza outperformed a small cash bonus ($30) and a compliment from a boss.
Aug 31, 2016
A Strong Case for Putting Nectarines on Your Pizza
The concept of putting salad on pizza infuriates some pizza purists, but I think it’s ingenious. Instead of having a salad on the side, you eschew the traditional red sauce and mozzarella and throw your entire salad right on top of your pizza crust. It’s the best of both worlds. This particular salad features caramelized onions, goat cheese, prosciutto, mixed greens, slivered almonds, balsamic vinegar, and sliced nectarines.
Aug 31, 2016
Recipe: Rainbow Pizza
This colorful pie, loaded with every color of the rainbow, takes veggie pizza to a whole new level. It’s a great way to put your farmers market haul to work, and makes firing up the oven totally worth it. Think of these colorful toppings as suggestions. There’s so much room for experimenting and really making this your own creation. Do you have a soft spot for blue potatoes or purple cabbage? Consider swapping either one in, in place of the red onion.
Aug 17, 2016
Maybe Don’t Call 911 over This Kind of Food Problem
Calling 911 is a serious matter. It’s an emergency line, reserved — exclusively — for situations that require immediate medical, fire, or law enforcement assistance. We learn this simple fact when we’re children, and file it away in the backs of our minds with the hope that we’ll never be put into a situation where we have to dial those three numbers.
Jun 23, 2016
Pizza Continues World Domination and Is Now More Popular than Ever
Pizza is basically the most perfect food on the planet. If you saw this post yesterday, you would probably agree that it even makes a pretty great date. But if you thought that we had already reached peak pizza consumption, you’d be wrong. So very wrong. According to a trend report by Technomic, Inc., Americans are actually eating more pizza now than we have in the past four years.
Apr 22, 2016
5 Questions We Have for the Lady Stuffing Her Face with Pizza on Kiss Cam
If you haven’t yet met this amazing woman, allow me to introduce you. Well, maybe not introduce you since I don’t know her name, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think she’s wonderful. She was caught in the frame of the Hawks vs. Celtics Kiss Cam recently and used the opportunity to do the most wonderful thing anyone in her position could ever do: get up close and personal with her pizza.
Apr 21, 2016
Pizzadillas Mean Never Having to Choose Between Pizza or Quesadillas Again
It’s the age-old dinner conundrum: pizza or quesadillas? Now, with pizzadillas, you don’t have to choose. What a time to be alive! Just like pizza and quesadillas, which are endlessly customizable, pizzadillas are very versatile. This recipe calls for pizza sauce, mozzarella, bocconcini balls, and green pepper, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand and experiment with your favorite flavor combinations.
Apr 14, 2016
Recipe: The Tastiest Whole-Grain Pizza Crust
Healthy and pizza aren’t words that often cohabitate well, but this dough — rich in the nutritional benefits of two types of whole-wheat four, and laced with the addition of semolina — tastes and behaves like a “real pizza dough” (not a this tastes like it must be good for you version).
Mar 15, 2016
The History of Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza
In the United States of Pizza, crust is a mark of origin. Cracker-thin means California, one step thicker signals the coal-fired ovens of New Haven, while blistered and thick-enough-to-fold-n’-go means New York. Deep-dish, of course, hails from Chicago, and like many New Yorkers I didn’t understand its charm. With a daughter attending college in Chicago, though, I’ve had the chance for plenty of location taste testing.
Feb 17, 2016
Recipe: Deep-Dish Chicago-Style Sausage and Mushroom Skillet Pizza
Chicago deep-dish pizza is a uniquely American dish that has proven challenging to replicate at home. This is not an imitator recipe; it is a modern interpretation with a serious homage to the past and a crust that is worth every minute of your time. This crust is inspired by the buttery, light crusts of Chicago deep-dish pies, with enough real butter to make Lou Malnati’s proud.
Feb 16, 2016
Pizza Is the Most Addictive Food, According to Science
No wonder you always reach for that second (or third) slice. In a recent study from the University of Michigan, the Italian dish was the food that participants were most unable to resist, as graded by the Yale Food Addiction Scale (yes, there is such a thing). Unsurprisingly, many of the other top contenders on the list — chocolate, chips, cookies, ice cream — were also considered processed foods by the creators of the study.
Oct 30, 2015
How To Make Your Halloween Pumpkin Look Like a Pizza
Carving a pumpkin requires time, a little arm muscle, a sharp knife, and lots of newspaper to collect all that pumpkin goo. Not feeling it this year? This is the project for you. Turn your Halloween pumpkin into the best food on the planet: pizza! All of the cheesy feelings, none of the pumpkin slime. In the last couple years, painted pumpkins have become a thing.
Oct 28, 2015
7 Ways to Use Pepperoni (Besides Putting It on Pizza)
It’s easy to think of pepperoni solely as a pizza topping, but this cured meat is actually pretty versatile. Whether you have a stick of hard pepperoni or a pre-sliced package, there are so many delicious ways to use this flavorful meat — ways that go far beyond putting it on top of pizza. Paired with Parmesan, Gouda, or cheddar, thick slices of pepperoni make a perfect addition to your cheese board. How To Assemble a Cheese Board Appetizer Food on skewers is always more fun!
Oct 26, 2015
Roast Cauliflower, Then Put It on a Pizza
We’ve talked about cauliflower pizza crust here on The Kitchn, but have you tried topping your pizza with roasted cauliflower florets? If not, you should. This comforting pizza — with roasted cauliflower and mushrooms, fresh herbs, and sliced red onion — gives you the perfect excuse to crank up your oven on a chilly fall day. You start by roasting cauliflower and sliced mushrooms (on separate baking sheets) with whole garlic cloves and fresh thyme and sage.
Oct 8, 2015
You Can Now Dress Like a Sexy Pizza Rat for Halloween, I Guess
A couple weeks ago this video of a rat carrying a slice of pizza down some subway stairs in New York City struck a chord with the Internet. Many people identified with the rat’s struggles and the simple desire to just have a single slice of pizza. Life is hard, right? This rat is all of us. Well now, like all great heroes (and memes, for that matter), the pizza rat has been turned into a sexualized Halloween costume. Prepare your eyes for something a little disturbing.
Oct 6, 2015
Recipe: Tandoori Chicken Pizza
Phew, it is finally Friday. After a whirlwind busy week of school, after-school activities, work, and writing, Friday night is my night to chill and relax with my family, along with some pizza and wine. And what better way to fuse East and West, than this tandoori chicken pizza? I usually prep for my pizza the night before, after my daughter is in bed. I get the chicken in its marinade and make the pizza dough, which always benefits from a slow rise in the fridge.
Sep 25, 2015
Recipe: Cheesy Pizza Portobello Mushrooms
Mushrooms are a mainstay of many a vegetarian’s diet, as they are substantial, have great texture, 
and provide that elusive and desirable umami flavor we all crave — especially when meat isn’t part of the program. Maybe you haven’t cooked with mushrooms much, or thought about them as a main course, but you should — mushrooms are a great food to love, and a pretty important one if you are looking for hearty, meatless meals.
Sep 10, 2015
Why I Don’t Use a Baking Stone for Pizza
If you believe the hype, you need a good baking stone in order to achieve a superior thin-crust pizza. I’m here to tell you I had one, used it, and got tired of lugging that clunker around my kitchen. When it cracked years ago, it was a blessing. I was initially motivated to use a baking stone when I moved from New York City — the gold standard for excellent pizza — to a destination without really fantastic takeout pizza.
Jul 10, 2015
Your Pizza Doesn’t Always Have to Have Mozzarella Cheese
Mozzarella cheese is a pizza mainstay. It’s probably the default cheese that comes to mind when you think of pizza, and for good reason — it’s undeniably melty and delicious. But when it comes to topping your pizza, can we just agree that mozzarella is not the end-all, be-all? There are plenty of other cheeses out there that make a darn good pizza.
Jul 9, 2015
12 Ways to Put an Egg on Your Pizza
You might normally top your pizza with extra cheese, pepperoni, or mushrooms, but have you tried topping your pizza with an egg? I’m particularly enamored of fried eggs on pizza because you get that luxurious runny yolk that mixes in with the cheese and tomato sauce. In some cases, adding an egg to pizza even allows you to pass it off as breakfast. And who doesn’t love pizza for breakfast? If you’re looking for ideas, here are 12 ways you can top your pizza with an egg. 1.
Jul 9, 2015
Is It Gross to Dab Greasy Pizza with a Napkin in Front of People?
Scenario: You and your friend both make or order pizza. You get your slices, and are about to chow down, when your friend whips out a handful of napkins and starts dabbing away at all the grease you hadn’t even noticed. Soon, their plate is piled high with orange-stained napkins. Are you still hungry? I usually only feel the need to dab some of the grease off my pizza when I’m at those little hole-in-the-wall pizza shops in New York.
Jul 8, 2015
5 Extra-Easy Ways to Make Pizza in the Toaster Oven
I’ve always wanted to hug the person who invented the toaster oven. I often use it multiple times a day, from toasting slices of bread for breakfast to baking cookies for dessert. One of my favorite toaster oven uses is for quick pizzas — especially in the summer, when I don’t want to heat up the whole kitchen by turning on the regular oven. To make things even easier, I also skip the pizza dough. Here are five other pizza bases you can use in the toaster oven instead!
Jul 8, 2015
For Less Greasy Pizza, Microwave Pepperoni First
Confession: I’m a pizza blotter. I don’t always do it, but when I encounter especially greasy slices of pepperoni pizza, I grab a napkin and dab at those orange pools, finding a bit of satisfaction that the grease is now on the napkin and won’t end up in my stomach. But what if I told you that when you’re making pizza at home, you can remove some of the grease before you even put the pepperoni on the pizza? The magic lies in the microwave!
Jul 7, 2015
How To Make Pizza Crust (Video!)
If a homemade pizza night isn’t already in your regular rotation, it should be. Even when you’re making the dough from scratch, this is an easy meal to fit into just about any schedule, and you get to pick any toppings you want! Check out this video — Faith is here to show us all just how easy making pizza at home can be.
Jul 7, 2015
The 5 Best Trader Joe’s Wines (Under $10!) to Drink with Pizza
It’s Pizza Week here at The Kitchn, and pizza means wine. The classic combination of cheese and tomato will never get old, but I’m also glad that pizza now means something more. Pizza crust is basically a blank canvas, like a tortilla or toast; once you see it as such, the ingredient combinations are endless, as are the wine-pairing possibilities. Who doesn’t love finding a killer bottle of wine under 10 bucks? I certainly do.
Jul 7, 2015
The Simplest Way to Cut Your Pizza
Put away your pizza wheel. Don’t even think about using that giant chef’s knife. There’s another kitchen tool that’s faster and better for cutting a pizza: your kitchen shears! Scissors to cut pizza? Not a classic pizza wheel? Does this sound a little surprising or untraditional? I’ll admit that I was even skeptical before trying this for myself. But yes, kitchen shears are the simplest way to cut pizza.
Jul 7, 2015
The Best Ways to Store Leftover Pizza
Whenever we get pizza delivered for dinner, we always order a larger one than we’ll be able to eat in one sitting. Why? Simply because we want leftovers. Once we discovered how easy it is to reheat a slice of pizza on the stove, having a few extra slices around means an easy lunch or snack. But what’s the best way to store leftover pizza? Can you just shove the pizza box into the refrigerator?
Jul 6, 2015
The 10 Adventurous Pizza Toppings Missing from Your Life
Plain pizza has its merits (especially when it’s really good plain pizza), but fun toppings are really what make pizza shine. Move beyond your minimalist tendencies, and put the standard pepperoni and mushrooms on the back burner for a bit — there are more adventurous ways to top that pie. The sky’s the limit when it comes to pizza toppings. If you can dream it, you can make it happen. It’s being used in guacamole, so why not pizza?
Jul 6, 2015
5 Ways to Use a Baking Stone Beyond Making Pizza
During my childhood, one of the mainstays in our kitchen was a well-seasoned baking stone. Actually, we had two. And soon after I moved into my own apartment, my mother gifted a brand-new baking stone to me. If there’s just one thing I’ve learned about these baking stones, from being a young kitchen observer to a regular home cook, it’s that they’re more than a single-use tool. Baking stones go above and beyond making a good pizza.
Apr 17, 2015
This Short Rib Pizza Needs to Be Stopped by the Cops
Can you really consider this recipe “pizza” if it’s bread topped with pork ribs, bacon fat, mozzarella, and the creamiest lookin’ smoked gouda sauce there ever was? Beware! It’s a beautiful alien masking as a pizza on earth! This recipe needs to be arrested and locked in jail before it does some harm — and you simply have to make the thing and eat it all in one sitting. Are you seeing all those strands of mozzarella on the pizza? That perfectly colored crust?
Mar 25, 2015
7 Important Things You Should Know About Pizza
How much do you know about pizza? And I’m not getting academic here; do you know the basics? Pizza is a simple homemade supper, but it can look overwhelming — all those separate components! Dough, sauce, toppings — and what if I don’t have a pizza stone? Hold it right there. The beauty of pizza is that it can be as simple or geeky as you want. Here are the essentials — you can take it from here.
Mar 7, 2015
Recipe: White Pizza with Avocado, Spinach & Mozzarella
When Cambria threw her pizza party on the porch, she knew she needed at least one great vegetarian pizza. So we cooked up this white pizza, with a garlicky ricotta sauce (no cooking required!), topped with handfuls of fresh spinach and luxurious slices of avocado and mozzarella. It’s a pretty great way to welcome a vegetarian to the pizza party — but be sure to make extra, because everyone else will probably want a slice too.
Jul 23, 2014
4 Creative Ways to Eat Your Fill of Caprese
Ok, fine, it’s not exactly tomato season (yet), but this past weekend amidst all that grilling and light beer and summer-y things, I really wanted a Caprese salad. These four bloggers have me thinking of all the ways to make that classic tomato, mozzarella and basil combination this summer.
May 29, 2014
Recipe: Pizza with Roasted Red Peppers, Sausage & Jack Cheese
If you find yourself a guest at my house, the chances are good that you will be served homemade pizza for dinner. If I don’t know you well, pizza is almost guaranteed to please. If I do know you well, I’ve probably already added your favorite toppings to my shopping list. This particular cheesy specimen, topped with roasted red peppers, sausage, and plenty of Monterey Jack cheese, is one of my stand-by pizzas. My “house” pizza, if you will.
May 14, 2014
7 Important Songs About Pizza
Pizza is undeniably one of the most wonderful foods on the planet, and lot of people have recognized its virtues in music. What follows are some of my favorite songs inspired by pizza. There are seven songs, one for every day of the week. Happy Monday! 1. Gimme Pizza (Slowed Down) – Mary Kate and Ashely Olsen (First video, above) – Without a doubt the most beautiful song by the Olsen twins. 2. David’s Pizza – Whoever wrote this song, I salute you. 3.
Aug 19, 2013
Summer Recipe: Grilled Cherry Tomato, Corn, and Goat Cheese Pizza
Pizza on the grill is my number-one way to entertain outdoors. Just ask any of my friends and neighbors, and they’ll tell you there is always a fresh pie on the grates. I love creating new flavors using up the last of my farmers market finds, and cherry tomato, corn, and goat cheese pizza is one of the best. This grilled pizza showcases some of my favorite summer ingredients, and the glorious taste of that summer goodness will please your dinner guests completely.
Aug 1, 2013
The 5 Best Reasons to Make Pizza at Home
Recently Serious Eats published a piece on their Slice blog touching on why making pizza at home can make you happier and ends up being easier on the pocketbook. They lay out five detailed reasons — which, when taken together, are more than enough to convince even those who think good pizza only comes out of a master pizzaiolo’s wood-fired oven.
Apr 24, 2013
What’s Wrong With My Pizza Stone?
I conditioned the stone by coating it with vegetable oil (I used canola), and put it in a cold oven, turned the temp to 350°F, and once it reached that temp, left it heating for 20 min. Then I turned off the oven and let the stone cool overnight. Repeat the next day.Sent by JudyEditor: The smell could have been the oil burning, but that doesn’t seem likely to have caused the kind of extensive stinging and bad odor you mention.
Feb 6, 2013
The 7 Best Styles of Wine to Drink with Pizza
So you have pizza night on the regular and now you need bottle of wine to go with that meat-lover’s number. Over the years I’ve found a number of tried-and-trusted wine styles that have stood the test of time as perfect pizza partners. Here are seven to know! Red or White? Traditionally pizza means a thin, crispy dough base with two key ingredients: tomato sauce and melted cheese. The best wines for pizza take into consideration these ingredients.
Oct 12, 2012
Indulge More Often: 5 Whole-Grain Pizza Crust Recipes
Pizza gets a bad rap health-wise. And understandably so, I suppose. There’s the oil and the cheese and the oh-so-delicious dough. But strangely I rarely feel guilty about the toppings themselves: it’s usually the white-flour dough that leaves me feeling like I could’ve done better. But then, there are whole-grain pizza dough recipes, and some really fine ones indeed.
Oct 11, 2012
Recipe: Sausage & Sauerkraut Pizza
There’s a remarkable little pizza joint near my house. They have a big wood-fired oven crammed into a restaurant the size of a walk-in closet. There are three tables pushed against the wall, and a few seats at the bar, pressed up beside that blazing oven. Oh, and you enter through a convenience store, sidling past Diet Coke and bubblegum into this dimly-lit, miniature pizza parlor.
Oct 11, 2012
My Favorite Pizza Topping: Garlicky Kale
Now that the weather has cooled off and it’s possible for me to turn on the oven in my apartment without feeling like I’m detoxing in a sauna, I’m ready to get back to a favorite weekly ritual: Friday night pizza. Pizza is by far my favorite food, but I’m a surprisingly simple girl when it comes to how I make it. I don’t do a lot of toppings, and I rarely stray from a few key ingredients. (You may say it’s boring; I say it’s consistent.
Oct 11, 2012
Why Pizza Makes the Best Breakfast
Have you ever had pizza for breakfast? There are a couple of ways to do it. The first is the cold way, the leftover way — pizza straight from the fridge, cold and chewy, with cheese slipping off sideways. This is not a breakfast to be underestimated. It’s fast and satisfying and who knows how many early morning college exams have been aced thanks to its brain-powering boost? But there’s another way to eat pizza for breakfast.
Oct 11, 2012
7 Cheeses to Try on Your Next Pizza (Other than Mozzarella!)
Trust me, I’ll take a big slice of pizza topped with gooey mozzarella any day of the week (and twice on Tuesday). I love it so much that it’s easy to make pizzas with nothing but mozzarella. But sometimes I need a reminder that there are other cheeses out there. Here are seven of my favorites. Creamy, mild ricotta works well on its own or in combination with gooey mozzarella.
Oct 11, 2012
Foolproof, No-Fuss Pizza for a Crowd: Pan Pizza Dough
Homemade pizza is always a fun and unfussy choice for a dinner party, but trying to talk to guests while stretching dough, scattering toppings and transferring pizza from peel to oven means my kitchen always ends up looking like a mini pizza tornado blew through it. That’s why I’m intrigued by this party-friendly pan pizza recipe from Serious Eats.
Oct 11, 2012
Knife-and-Fork or in Your Hand? How Do You Eat Pizza?
I have a friend who eats her pizza with a knife and fork. She’s European, so she has impeccable formal table manners and whenever I eat pizza with her, I admit that I feel like a philistine, for I eat my pizza by picking up a slice in my hand and bringing it straight up to my mouth. How do you eat your pizza?
Oct 11, 2012
Clay, Cast Iron, Steel: Which Pizza Stone Material Is Best?
In every pizza lover’s quest to approximate a fiery-hot brick pizza oven at home, a pizza stone is first on the list of necessary equipment. But of the variety of materials available — stone, cast iron and even steel — which one is the best pick for you?Picking the right pizza stone depends on your personal needs and kitchen habits. Are you looking for a stone that produces an ultra-crispy crust? Does it need to move easily in and out of the oven?
Oct 10, 2012
Not Flour, Cauliflower! 5 Gluten-Free Vegetable Crust Pizzas
Have you noticed vegetable crust pizza recipes popping up around the web lately? Replacing the usual yeasted flour dough base with shredded vegetables like zucchini, potato and cauliflower, these low-carb, gluten-free alternatives fulfill your pizza craving without the wheat.Most recipes hold the vegetables together with some type of binder, such as almond meal, chickpea flour or an egg.
Oct 9, 2012
Baking Pizza: Top or Bottom Oven Rack?
For as long as I can remember, I baked homemade pizza on the bottom rack of my oven. Many recipes suggest this technique for closer proximity to the oven’s heat source. But at least one cooking authority recommends moving your pizza stone towards the top when baking thin-crust pizza…One of the most useful things I learned in America’s Test Kitchen’s “New York-Style Pizza at Home” episode concerns oven rack position.
Oct 8, 2012
Recipe: Pizza with Crispy Kale, Butternut Squash, Bacon & Smoked Mozzarella
I have suffered from a slight obsession with kale recently, especially the dark Tuscan and dino varieties. I’m eating it raw in salads, roasted until crispy for a snack, sautéed on the side to round out a meal. Yum. I plan on carrying my green addiction right on into the fall with this hearty harvest pizza. Given the need to roast the squash and fry the bacon, this isn’t exactly the kind of pizza you can throw together last-minute on a weeknight.
Oct 8, 2012
Flickr Finds: Weird Pizza Around the World
Elsewhere in the world, pizza isn’t always the pizza you know. It might have a crust, it might be round, but sometimes that’s where the similarity ends. Here’s a glimpse at some unusual — and occasionally tasty-looking — pizzas from around the world.(Of course, I should note that “weird” is a relative term. One photo of a Hawaiian-style pizza I found on Flickr had a comment, “Pineapple on pizza…weird!
Oct 8, 2012
Smart Tip: Make Your Own Frozen Pizzas
A frozen pizza can be a godsend on those nights when a from-scratch meal just isn’t going to happen, but even the best-quality frozen pizza invariably has more salt, more cheese and fewer vegetables than the pizzas I make myself. That’s why I’m excited to see these tips from America’s Test Kitchen on freezing homemade pizzas, which is not as straightforward as it seems.
Feb 13, 2012
Help! My Pizza Dough Always Sticks to the Rolling Pin
Q: I have been making homemade pizza dough for a while now and for the life of me can not get the dough to not stick to my rolling pin. I can use a pound of flour or cornmeal and it still sticks. I always end up stretching it by hand which makes for an uneven crust. I have the same problems with anything that requires rolling, but especially pizza dough. What am I doing wrong — help!?!
Aug 3, 2011
Help! Did I Ruin My Pizza Stone?
Q: I think I ruined my beloved pizza stone! HELP! Last week I made a summer strawberry and rhubarb pie and it overflowed onto my pizza stone. I was unable to scrape the hardened, burned-to-a crisp pie filling off the stone, so I soaked it in warm water and dishwasher powder (eep, I know! even as i was doing it, I was thinking this is a terrible idea — pizza stones are porous).Well not only is the black grime still there, but the stone is seeping out a white film of soap.
Jul 12, 2011