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Deluxe Pizza Recipe And Tutorial

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Deluxe/ Supreme Pizza

This post will cover how to make a deluxe pizza or supreme pizza, complete with recipe and written and video tutorials (video is at the bottom of the page).  Whether you call it deluxe, supreme or even garbage pizza, it all means the same thing.  A pizza with a bunch of toppings.  My deluxe pizza recipe, which is what we’re making today, will include the following: pepperoni, hot italian sausage, fresh mushrooms, green peppers, red onions and banana peppers on traditional pizza sauce.  Sound good?  Okay, let’s get started.

Equipment and Utensils

Before we spin out your pie, let’s look at the equipment and utensils you will need.  If you are using store bought dough balls, you are one step ahead already.  If do-it-yourself more suits your pizza making style, then you will need a countertop mixer to mix your dough.  My dough recipe is scaled down to fit in a countertop mixer.  You are more than welcome to use it.

The next thing we will be using is a pizza screen.  This tutorial we will be spinning out a 16 inch pie, so we will use a 16 inch pizza screen.  You can find everything from a 8 inch screen to a 20 inch screen. Pick a size that fits you and your oven.

You will need something to move your pizza pie in and out of the oven.  You can use a baking sheet, pizza pan (more on that in a minute), or you can get a wooden pizza peel.  If you are purchasing a pizza peel, I recommend a wooden one.  The metal pizza peels are not sturdy.

A pizza pan will come in handy for cutting and serving your amazing pie.  You can also use it to get your hot pizza out of the oven.  I recommend a pizza peel but a pizza pan will work if you’re in a jam.  Pizza pans come in many different sizes so get the one that will fit your needs.

The last two things on our list are a ladle (6oz ladle for a 16 inch pie) and a pizza cutter. The ladle we will use to measure and spread our pizza sauce.  The pizza cutter we are going to use for separating the hydrogen and helium atoms, thus breaking the covalent bond… Just seeing if you’re still with me, we cut the pizza with the pizza cutter.

So in review we will need all or some of the following, depending on what’s already in your kitchen.

Deluxe Pizza Ingredients

Deluxe pizzas are easy to make an top.  Sometimes if you go crazy on the toppings they can be hard to bake.  If I’m making a pizza with more than three toppings, I scale back on the amount of each topping I use.  For a deluxe pizza your shopping list will have a bunch of items.  The good news is you just need to get a small amount of each item.  Here is the list of ingredients you will need for your deluxe pie.  Note: this is for a 16 inch pizza.

How to Make A Deluxe Pizza

Here you go.  Take a look at my video and you will be a professional pizza ninja in no time.  You can contact me with any questions or leave a comment and I will respond.

Cheese Pizza Recipe And Tutorial

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This cheese pizza tutorial will walk you through from start to finish, how to make a plain cheese pizza in the comfort of your own kitchen.  If you want to make your own pizza dough, check out my dough post here.  Let’s start by going over the ingredients, after that I will walk you through the procedure.  For this post I am going to make a 16 inch pizza. So without further ado let’s get started by preheating your oven to 450 and make sure your oven rack is in the middle of your oven.

Cheese Pizza Shopping list

Let’s go over what we are going to need to make your pepperoni pizza.

The first thing we are going to do is stretch out our pizza dough.  Stretching pizza dough is something that takes practice to get good at.  Lucky for you, I made a video tutorial about stretching dough.  You can view it below.

Topping Your Cheese Pizza

Once you have your pizza dough stretched out and on your pizza screen you are ready for some pizza sauce.  For this tutorial we are making a 16 inch pepperoni pizza.  I use 6oz of pizza sauce on a 16 inch pizza.  This is the amount I suggest you use.  Even if you add another ounce you risk making your pizza “soupy” or sloppy.   Using your ladle, add your pizza sauce to the middle of the dough and spread it out in a circular motion getting all the way to the crust.

Hint: Don’t press to hard on your dough when you spread out your sauce.  You might mash your dough into the screen and end up with a pepperoni pizza that is embedded in your pizza screen.

Next we are going to add some cheese.  Sprinkle a light amount (about 1-2 tablespoons) of romano or parmesan cheese on the pizza sauce.  No problem if you get some on the crust, most people will be excited about it.  Now we are ready for some pizza cheese.  On a 16 inch pie I use about 2 cups of cheese (I like cheese).  Experiment and see what the right amount of cheese is for you.  You want to be able to see some of your pizza sauce when you are done.

We are finally ready to start baking your awesome cheese pizza.  Your oven should be at 450 degrees.  You also need to make sure your oven rack is in the middle of your oven.  This is very important. If the oven rack is at the top of the oven, the bottom of your pizza won’t properly bake.  If the oven rack is at the bottom of your oven, the bottom of your pie will burn.

Slide your pizza in the oven.  Make sure your dough isn’t hanging off the edge of the pizza screen.  If it is, just tuck it back on the screen.  Bake your pie at 450 for about 10-12 minutes (every oven is different).  You want to have a nice golden brown crust and your want some blistering (browning up) on your cheese.  Cut, serve and enjoy.

I hope this tutorial was helpful.  Please contact me with any questions and leave a comment below.

 

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A Pizza Makers Utensil List

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Here is your complete pizza makers utensil list.  In this post we are going to make a list of all the equipment and utensils you will need to make pizza in your own kitchen.  Some of these utensils are 100% necessary. Others are very helpful but you can get by without.

I’m going to explain what I use the utensils for, pizza making, dough making, etc. First we are going to look at the utensils for making dough and pizza sauce.  Next we will look at what you need to spin out a pizza.  Okay, let’s get started.

Utensils for Dough & Sauce

Tabletop Mixer

You will need a mixer for making your own pizza dough or mixing your pizza sauce.  Make sure the mixer has a dough hook and a wire whip.

Kitchen Scale

Most people have some type of kitchen scale, you will need it to weigh out your dough balls.  Some pizza toppings are easier to add when they are weighed out.

Pizza Peel

You will need a pizza peel to get your pizza in and out of the oven.  I use a wooden peel, but they also come in metal.

Baking stone

Baking stones are used in pizza ovens.  They absorb heat and transfer it evenly to the pizza crust.  These take some time to heat up in the oven but you can definitely tell the difference.

Dough Docker

A dough docker is rolled over your pizza dough to get out all the air pockets.  This results in better looking pizza without a bunch of bubbles.

Dough Box

If you are making your own pizza dough, you will need something to store your dough balls in.  Pizza dough has to be stored flat in your refrigerator.  It can take up quite a bit of space so I use these stackable dough boxes.

Measuring Cups & Spoons

I’m willing to wager you already have a set of measuring cups and spoons.  I use these daily so I invested in a decent set from Amazon here.

Cutting board

Another kitchen utensil that almost everybody has.  This organic antibacterial bamboo cutting board is my favorite for the simple reason it’s very durable.

Dough Scraper

This is a pizza maker’s best friend.  I use my dough scrapers more than my knives.  You can cut your dough balls, chop vegetables, use it for cleaning and probably a hundred other uses.  A must have.

6 quart containers

Love these containers, LOVE ‘EM!! I have 24 of these at my pizza shop and keep four or five at home.  They stack nicely and are small enough to fit in your refrigerator at home.  I use them for pizza sauce, toppings, flour, spices and much more.  My favorite sizes are 6 quarts and 2 quarts. They also come in 1 quart, 4 quart, 8 quart.  If you have the room and are feeling frisky, they also come in 18 quart and 22 quart.

Utensils To Make Pizza

Pizza Cutter

Every good pizza maker needs an awesome pizza cutter. You might not appreciate your pizza cutter until you’ve cut a couple hundred pizzas but trust me it’s important to have a nice pizza cutter.

Ladles

I use a ladle to spread my pizza sauce onto my stretched out pizza dough.  I use a 4oz ladle for my 12 inch pizza and a 6oz ladle for my 16 inch pizza.  You can and should experiment to see what size of a ladle you need.  If you like a lot sauce on your pie maybe get a bigger ladle. You can also just get a smaller ladle and add sauce an ounce at a time.

Pizza Screens

I make two different sizes of pizza.  Large is a 16 inch and small is a 12 inch.  There are many sizes to pick from so experiment to see what works for you. Note: A sixteen inch pizza fits perfectly in my home oven. If you’re thinking of getting a bigger size, measure your oven to make sure your new screen will fit. Also, if you only have on screen, you can only make one pizza at a time.  You will also have to let your one screen to cool before you can use it again.  My advise would be get at least three of each size of pizza you want to make.

Pizza Pans

You are going to need a pizza pan to cut and serve your pizza on.  Whatever size screen you decide on, get at least on pan to serve from.  If you’re serving a lot of people or having a pizza party, you will want to get a few of these.  The pans that I own are the 16 inch and 12 inch.

Slicer

A must have for a pizza maker.  I use my slicer for onions, green peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, ham, meatballs and much more.

Stainless Steel Dredge

I use a dredge for spreading garlic salt on white pizza, breadsticks and cheesy breadsticks.  You can have a second dredge for a cinnamon and sugar mix to use on a desert pizza.

Plastic Dredge

I use this particular dredge for oregano.  It can be used on your pizzas, breadsticks, cheesy breadsticks, pasta and much more.

Plastic Squeeze Bottles

These are great to have around.  I use one for spreading olive oil on my white pizzas,breadsticks and cheesy breadsticks.  You can also use these bottles for hot sauces, secret sauces and I bet they will work on any other sauce you can think of.

That is my list of the main utensils/ equipment you will need to get started making pizzas.  If I missed something or you have something else we need to add to the list, comment below or you can contact me here.

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Stretching Pizza Dough

This tutorial we are going to teach you everything you need to know about stretching pizza dough.  If you need a recipe for pizza dough I suggest you take a look at my dough recipe here.  If you have your own recipe and need help balling up your dough I have a video tutorial for that also.  Okay, let’s get started.

The first step in stretching pizza dough is dust your dough ball with some flour.  The easiest way to do it is dip your dough ball into a bin of flour.  When you are dusting your dough, keep track of the top and bottom of your dough.  The smooth side is the top, the flattened side is the bottom.

Next we are going to flatten out your dough.  keeping the flat side down and the smooth side up. I use my knuckles but you can use a rolling pin if that works better for you.  When your dough is flattened we are going to flip your dough over, so now the top of the dough (smooth side) is the side contacting the table you are working on.

We are now ready to make the crust.  Spinning clockwise, use your right hand to move the dough and your left hand to guide the dough are around in a circle (see the video at the top of the page).  Keep your fingers together and use the palm and pinky on your right hand to dig into the dough and start shaping the crust.  Use your left palm and pinky to smooth out your crust.  Once you have a nice crust dug out then you’re ready to stretch your pizza dough.  From here on out the top of your pizza dough faces up and the bottom faces down.

Pick up your dough and hang it on the back of your fists (see video).  Keep your fists about shoulder width apart.  Move your fists away from each other about two inches.  Toss your pizza dough up and over to your right and catch it on the back of your fists again.  Reset your fist to shoulder width again and stretch it another two inches.  Hey, you’re officially a pizza maker! Congrats!

Continue stretching your pizza dough until your dough is the same size as your pizza screen.  Lay your dough on the pizza screen, the side that your hands are touching is the bottom of the pizza.  The other side is where we are going to add your toppings.

I hope this helped you in your stretching pizza dough endeavour.  You can contact me if you have any questions or comments.

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Pepperoni Pizza Recipe And Tutorial

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This pepperoni pizza tutorial will walk you through from start to finish, how to make a pepperoni pizza in the comfort of your own kitchen.  This will also double as a (how to make a cheese pizza) tutorial.  If you want to make your own pizza dough, check out my dough post here.  Let’s start by going over the ingredients, after that I will walk you through the procedure.  For this post I am going to make a 16 inch pizza. So without further ado let’s get started by preheating your oven to 450 and make sure your oven rack is in the middle of your oven.

Pepperoni Pizza Shopping list

Let’s go over what we are going to need to make your pepperoni pizza.

The first thing we are going to do is stretch out our pizza dough.  Stretching pizza dough is something that takes practice to get good at.  Lucky for you, I made a video tutorial about stretching dough.  You can view it below.

Once you have your pizza dough stretched out and on your pizza screen you are ready for some pizza sauce.  For this tutorial we are making a 16 inch pepperoni pizza.  I use 6oz of pizza sauce on a 16 inch pizza.  This is the amount I suggest you use.  Even if you add another ounce you risk making your pizza “soupy” or sloppy.   Using your ladle, add your pizza sauce to the middle of the dough and spread it out in a circular motion getting all the way to the crust.

Hint: Don’t press to hard on your dough when you spread out your sauce.  You might mash your dough into the screen and end up with a pepperoni pizza that is embedded in your pizza screen.

Next we are going to add some cheese.  Sprinkle a light amount (about 1-2 tablespoons) of romano or parmesan cheese on the pizza sauce.  No problem if you get some on the crust, most people will be excited about it.  Now we are ready for some pizza cheese.  On a 16 inch pie I use about 2 cups of cheese (I like cheese).  Experiment and see what the right amount of cheese is for you.  You want to be able to see some of your pizza sauce when you are done.

If you are a fan of just cheese pizza then you are ready to put your pizza in the oven (10-12 minutes @ 450).  If you are more adventurous and want some pep on your pie, then pep is what we shall make.  On a 16 inch pizza pie I use 40-45 slices of pepperoni.  Again this another area you might want to experiment with to see what works for you.

We are finally ready to start baking your awesome pepperoni pizza.  Your oven should be preheated to 450 degrees.  You also need to make sure your oven rack is in the middle of your oven.  This is very important. If the oven rack is at the top of the oven, the bottom of your pizza won’t properly bake.  If the oven rack is at the bottom of your oven, the bottom of your pie will burn.

Slide your pepperoni pizza in the oven.  Make sure your dough isn’t hanging off the edge of the pizza screen.  If it is, just tuck it back on the screen.  Bake your pie at 450 for about 10-12 minutes (every oven is different).  You want to have a nice golden brown crust and your want some blistering (browning up) on your cheese.  Cut, serve and enjoy.

I hope this tutorial was helpful.  Please contact me with any questions and leave a comment below.

 

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What Kind Of Cheese Goes On Pizza

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What kind of cheese goes on pizza?

What kind of cheese goes on pizza?  This is the third most asked question I am asked.  Right behind, how did you learn how to make pizza, and can I play with the dough?  All are very good questions but today we are going to focus on what kind of cheese goes on pizza.

So really, what kind of cheese goes on pizza?  Let’s see, there’s mozzarella, cheddar, provolone, romano, parmesan and even colby.  The real answer is whatever kind of cheese you want.  Most pizza shop use a blended cheese.  My personal recipe calls for 2 parts mozzarella to 1 part lightly smoked provolone.  I also add a pinch of romano cheese on top of the sauce.

Mozzarella Cheese

The reason we use mozzarella is for its ability to produce big dark splotches of caramelization (the dark spots in the cheese on a cooked pizza).  This is known as blistering.  The image below is a great example of cheese blistering.

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Mozzarella is made by repeatedly stretching and molding fresh curds. For that reason it has a lot of elasticity.  Mozzarella melts great as well. However too much mozz and your pizza will look like a deep fried cheese stick that just came out of the fryer.  You know when you’re hungry and your cheese sticks arrive, you try to break one in half and you produce a string of cheese that won’t stop.  That’s the effect you will get with 100% mozzarella.

Lightly Smoked Provolone

Like I said earlier, my recipe is 2 to 1, 2 mozzarella to 1 provolone.  Provolone is a semi-hard Italian cheese, it also varies in flavor depending on how long the cheese was aged.   The provolone I use is lightly smoked.  The smoking of this cheese takes the edge off and makes it a little less sharp.  Provolone and mozzarella couldn’t be more different.  That’s why they make a great team.  It also lightly blisters (not as much as mozzarella).

Cheddar Cheese

Cheddar is a sharp-tasting cheese is sometimes used with traditional pizza. Most of the time we see it on specialty  pies, like buffalo chicken, Philly cheese steak and many other pizzas.  Cheddar blisters very quickly in the oven.  It can make your pies look burnt or very well done.  That’s why if you are going to use cheddar, it’s a good idea to blend it in with your regular pizza cheese.

Those are the three main cheeses I use in the pizza making process.  There are literally hundreds of different cheeses out there so go ahead and experiment.  Let me know what you think in the comments.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.