Do you celebrate the end of a hectic work week with pizza night at home? Let’s face it – nothing’s better on Friday than relaxing with a crispy slice of pizza and a nice cold beer.
But ordering from your local pizzeria every week gets expensive. In fact, one of the best ways to save money is by eating at home more often.
The good news is you can learn how to make pizza at home. With just a few tips and tricks you won’t even be able to tell it apart from your favorite pizzeria pizza.
Do you want to know more? Keep reading to learn 5 pro tips for making pizza at home.
1. Don’t Mix Too Much
Does your pizza always turn out chewy and tough? Well, you may be a little overzealous with the mixing.
You only want to mix your dough until the ingredients are combined. If you mix too much, your dough will dry out, resulting in one tough pizza.
While a standing mixer is the easiest and most convenient way to mix your dough, mixing it by hand may help you determine when you’ve mixed enough without going too far.
2. Use Your Hands
Have you ever seen those pizzeria workers throw the dough into the air and stretch it with their hands? Well, there’s a good reason why!
Pizza dough naturally has air bubbles. This is what helps make the finished crust light and fluffy on the inside. Using your hands to stretch the dough to shape is the best way to preserve the bubbles.
If you use a rolling pin to flatten and stretch it, many of the air bubbles will pop. While this doesn’t seem like a big deal, it will make your crust become dense. If you don’t want to throw the dough in the air when making pizza, lay it on a flat surface, and stretch it outwards with your hands.
3. Cook on the Right Surface
When learning how to bake a pizza, you may be tempted to throw it on any cooking surface you have available. But, what you cook your pizza on affects the finished product.
Both pizza stones and baking steel are conductive. This means that they absorb heat from your oven then rapidly transfer it to your pizza. The end result is a pizza that’s been cooked faster and more evenly with a nice crispy crust.
4. Less Is More
The importance of toppings when making pizza at home can’t be overlooked. The wrong toppings can ruin the entire flavor profile of your pizza.
Two or three toppings should be plenty for your pizza, and they should be spaced out nicely. Remember, you don’t want to cover the flavor of the sauce, crust, and cheese with an overwhelming amount of mushrooms or pepperoni.
5. Turn Up the Heat
Have you ever wondered why every pizzeria uses those fancy pizza ovens? It’s because they can get a lot hotter than a normal oven.
This extra heat helps the air bubbles in the dough expand for a fluffy crust interior while giving it a crispy exterior. Although you won’t be able to mimic this as well with your oven at home, there are some things you can do to help.
When making pizza, preheat the oven to as high as it can go (probably around 500-550 degrees F), and don’t put the pizza in the oven until it’s fully preheated.
How to Make Pizza at Home
If you’re a fellow pizzaholic, you probably have a favorite pizzeria that you order from way too often. But, it’s easier than ever to make pizza at home! Just follow our 5 tips on how to make pizza at home for the perfect pizza.
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