On Friday night we had a party. A pizza party. I was content with a tuna melt on an english muffin, but as I began my journey towards the cupboard, Juan Deuce stormed into the kitchen with groceries in hand. Recklessly throwing the bags onto the ivory colored tabletop, he excitedly shouted, “we’re making Pizza.”
Moments later, Anthony Micheletti casually enters the kitchen and begins to organize the ingredients for our TWO pies. Fresh Mozzarella. Pepperoni. Pizza Dough. Basil. Romano Cheese.
Now there’s no such thing as a “recipe” when it come to these pizzas. In fact, I think pizza recipes are unnecessary. As long as you can muster up a decent pile of dough, the uncooked crust is your canvas. Below is a list of ingredients to get you one step closer to the greatest pizza you’ve never had:
- 2 bags of Calise pizza dough (any other brand is fine too…)
- Handful of flour
- 1/2 Handful of Corn Meal
- 10 slices of Mozzarella
- 1 package of Shredded Mozzarella
- 1 ball of FRESH mozzarella
- 1 container of Romano cheese
- 1 stick of Pepperoni
- 1 cup of FRESH Basil (*makes a HUGE difference)
- 16 oz. of homemade tomato sauce
*By FRESH I mean no supermarket name brands…
Kneading dough and creating a hand-made pizza crust is no joke (Salute to Juan Deuce). Adding cornmeal to the bottom of the crust will ensure a crunchy bite every time.
Now when it comes to creating a pizza as simple as pepperoni and cheese you gotta be just that, simple! A 60:40 ratio of cheese to pepperoni sounds about right. Maybe even 70:30???
The secret though is the pizza stone. Don’t think about it. Just buy it and don’t look back. Place your perfectly constructed masterpiece atop the clay stone and let your oven take over. I prefer my pizza well done so don’t be afraid to leave it in a little longer than normal (450-500 degrees 17-22 minutes). Immediately after taking it out, make sure to sprinkle generous handfuls of basil and Romano cheese on top of the pies.
And that’s it. Cut the pizza anyway you’d like (we went square/family size) and serve immediately. Trust me, the hotter, the better.
Oh yeah….and FALSIDE WAS THERE!!!!