Today, pizza is already more than part of the Brazilian menu, especially in big cities. How about making your own pizza instead of ordering one over the phone? Prove your independence from the world by eating a pizza that comes out of your own oven! This article will give you instructions on how to make that delicious pizza (from scratch or using a semi-finished dough). When making your pizza or calzone, also use the most popular topping combinations section.
Fast pizza (with a ready-made dough)
- 1 semi-finished pizza dough;
- 1 can of tomato sauce for pizza;
- Your favorite pizza topping;
- 2 cups of grated mozzarella cheese (essential!).
Pizza from scratch
- 1 1/2 cups of hot water;
- 2 tablets of biological yeast (or two tablespoons of dry bakery yeast);
- 3 1/2 cups of flour;
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil;
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt;
- 1 teaspoon of sugar;
- A tin of pizza sauce (you can make homemade sauce if you like);
- Your favorite pizza topping;
- 4 cups of grated mozzarella cheese (can't miss it!);
- Cornmeal (optional).
Most popular toppings
- Cheese (mozzarella, provolone, parmesan, goat cheese or a combination thereof);
- Cream cheese;
- Green pepper;
- Sausage (!);
- Bacon in strips or fried pieces of Bacon;
- Shredded chicken;
- Some vegetables like arugula;
- Dried tomato;
- Baked garlic;
- Among others, as sweet toppings too: guava, chocolate, etc.
Method 1 of 3: Pizza-quick (pre-cooked dough)
Step 1. Preheat your oven
The oven should be very hot before you start baking your pizza.
Step 2. Prepare the pre-baked dough wheel
Remove the finished dough from its packaging and prepare a round or rectangular baking pan of an appropriate size, depending on what you have on hand in your kitchen. Use a kitchen brush to spread a thin layer of olive oil over the crust and onto the baking sheet.
Step 3. Spread the pizza sauce over the dough
Spread the sauce to taste. If you simply love a pizza with more sauce, go for it (the opposite also applies).
- You can also make a pizza without sauce if you like. Add some olive oil instead.
- You can make homemade pizza sauce using tomato paste, a can of boiled tomatoes, and some spices. Saute the pasta and tomatoes with onion and garlic, lightly fried in olive oil. Add everything over low heat. Add salt, oregano and pepper to taste. Continue boiling the mixture until the sauce is pure and consistent.
Step 4. Add your favorite coverage
Add a layer of your favorite toppings over the sauce and pasta. Remember to put the heavier fillings first (such as meat and onions) and lighter ones later (such as vegetable leaves, olives and chopped spices). Continue until your pizza is filled in the way you like it most.
- Any meat you want to use on your pizza needs to be cooked first. Some toppings will not cook during pizza making. If you are using ground beef, sausage, chicken, or other meat, cook it carefully and allow it to cool before applying it as a stuffing.
- As for vegetables, you can add as many as you like: however, they can make the dough a little moist. Limit the amount of spinach and other "watery" vegetables you want to use as a filling.
Step 5. Add cheese
Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese (as well as the other cheeses you will be using) over the toppings. Use a thick layer, if you like, or a thinner one if you prefer a lighter pizza.
Step 6. Bake the pizza
Place the pizza in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until the crust is browned and the cheese is melted. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.
Method 2 of 3: Making a Pizza from Scratch
Step 1. Prepare the yeast
Pour warm water into a large bowl. Then pour the yeast into the water and let it sit until it dissolves. After a few minutes, the yeast mixture should start bubbling.
Step 2. Add the other dough ingredients
Place the flour, oil, sugar and salt in the bowl with the yeast mixture. Stir the ingredients until you get a wet dough. Mix until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.
- Don't be ashamed or disgusted to work with your hand. The dough will be difficult to stir when it starts to thicken. Dispense the spoon and knead the dough with your hands until you get the right texture.
- If the dough feels too wet after you mix or knead, add a little more flour.
Step 3. Let the dough rise
Make a ball of dough and place it in a clean bowl, greased with a little oil. Cover the bowl with a cloth and place it somewhere warm in the kitchen. Let the dough rest and rise for 30 minutes to 2 hours.
- You can also let the dough rise in the refrigerator. This will take about 6 to 8 hours.
- You can also freeze the leftover dough if you like.
Step 4. Preheat the oven
Do this well before you are ready to bake the pizza, allowing time for the oven to heat up. The temperature is 200 °C.
- If you are using a thermal baking stone or pizza stone, place it in a preheated oven so that it heats up properly.
- If you are using a baking sheet, place it in the oven only after heating it.
Step 5. Make the pizza discs
Divide the dough into two equal parts and shape them into a ball shape. On a floured surface, stretch the first ball of dough flat and into a circular shape. If you like, use your fingers to stretch and shape it. When you're done with the first disc, make the second.
Step 6. Prepare the discs for baking
With a kitchen brush, spread a thin layer of oil over the discs.
Step 7. Add your favorite topping
Spread the pizza sauce over the stretched, greased disk. Add a layer of your favorite toppings over the sauce and pasta. Remember to put the heavier fillings first (such as meat and onions) and lighter ones later (such as vegetable leaves, olives and chopped spices). Continue until your pizza is filled the way you want.
Step 8. Bake the pizzas one at a time
Sprinkle flour on baking sheets or baking stones so the pizza doesn't stick. Bake the pizza for 15 to 20 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted. Repeat with the second pizza.
If using a pizza paddle, transfer it from the paddle to the stone in the oven. Pizza shovels are used by stone professionals. Raw pizza is mounted on the shovel and transferred to the stone
Method 3 of 3: Most Popular Toppings
Step 1. Make a classic stuffed pizza
It is the classic traditional pizza with tomato sauce and stuffed with meat, vegetables and cheese. Every morsel is practically a meal. You will need these ingredients:
- Sliced mushrooms;
- Green and red peppers;
- Sliced onion;
- Black olive;
- Sausage slices;
- Mozzarella cheese.
Step 2. Create a white vegetarian pizza
This elegant pizza is a delicious choice, whether you are a vegetarian or not. Skip the tomato sauce, as the vegetables leave the dough moist. Sprinkle a little more olive oil on your pizza. Choose from these ingredients:
- grated cabbage;
- Sliced beets;
- Fried garlic;
- Goat cheese;
- Mozzarella slices.
Step 3. How about a Hawaiian pizza?
It is a pizza loved by some and hated by others because of the unusual ingredients. If you like the mix of sweet and savory, Hawaiian is a pizza you should try.
- Pineapple slices;
- Caramelized onion;
- Grilled ham or bacon slices;
- Mozzarella cheese.
Step 4. Tomato and basil pizza
This light and tasty pizza is great when you want simplicity in the kitchen. Make it with or without tomato sauce. This pizza is also called margherita. You will only need:
- Fresh sliced tomatoes;
- Basil leaves.
- Before putting your pizza in the oven, don't forget to apply a little oil to make it bake better so that the dough doesn't stick together.
- If the cheese goes far beyond the region where it has tomato sauce, it will burn at the ends. Keep this in mind.
- Instead of tomato pizza sauce, you can use any traditional spaghetti sauce.
- If the edge of the pizza bakes well before the inside, the temperature is too high. A pizza with a little more filling needs lower temperatures to bake evenly and without burning the outside. Control the temperature of your oven or adjust the filling so that the pizza bakes evenly.
- Try any different kind of filling, like potato chips, for example! In this case, remember to pay attention to the pizza so that everything doesn't end up burned;
- If you want, pre-bake the dough a little if you prefer it better cooked and durinha.