All You Need to Know to Make a Great Pizza Tonight

All You Need to Know to Make a Great Pizza Tonight

Faith Durand
Jul 29, 2010

The first rule of good pizza is heat. You need a lot of heat to create those crisp, shatteringly delicate crusts that lift an ordinary pizza into transcendence. But here's a little secret: You can easily make this sort of crust in your home kitchen. In fact, with just a little attention, you can make a pizza at home that will blow away most any restaurant pie. And it is such an easy, elegant meal — a crisp, chewy slice of pizza with a slice of prosciutto, a glass of white wine, a little green salad — summer heaven! Here's how to bring that heaven to your own dinner table tonight.

I admit we are a little obsessed with pizza, here at The Kitchn. It's so easy and it's so delicious too. And we are currently obsessed with perhaps the best way to bake a great pie, aside from a professional pizza setup or real woodburning oven (come on, how many of us have one of those?). Your grill.

You will get a terrific crust on a grill, and on an extra-hot grill it bakes up in a flash. Bonus: It doesn't heat up your kitchen.

If you want to try a pizza tonight or this weekend, here's everything you need, starting with the crust.

It's All About the Crust
Thin Crust Pizza - No rise needed! Whip it up and bake the pizza straight off.
Perfecting Pizza Dough - If you have time for an overnight rise, try this recipe from bread guru Peter Reinhart.
• And if you're really stretched for time, just pick up a lump of dough at the supermarket or Trader Joe's.

Next Comes the Sauce
DIY Pizza Sauce - Simple recipes for tomato sauce and white sauce.
Sauce Tip from a Pizza Pro - Two tips from Brandon and Molly of Seattle cult favorite Delancey.
6 Alternatives to Tomato Sauce - Want to skip the sauce completely and switch it up? Try one of these.

Topping Inspiration
White Pizza: Three Cheeses to Make You a Believer - Our Cheesemonger, Nora, rhapsodizes over her favorite pizza cheeses.
Breakfast Pizza - Ever had an egg on pizza? It's amazing.
Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Orange Pizza - Inspired by Top Chef.
Spinach, White Bean, and Taleggio Pizza - Gooey yet light.
Grilled Potato, Gorgonzola and Prosciutto Pizza - A favorite combo.

Put It All Together
How To Grill Pizza - A step by step guide.
Make Pizza on the Stovetop - You can also use a cast iron pan on the burner.
Stovetop/Broiler Pizza - Or the broiler!

Do you have a favorite set of pizza toppings, or some secret tricks to get the perfect crust?

(Images: Faith Durand)

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