- March 22, 2018 at 9:37 pm #385041
Neapolitan-Style Pizza for ANY Sporting Event
For the Dough:
4 cups Italian tipo “00” flour or bread flour, plus extra for dusting dough
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups water
Cooking spray or olive oil to coat containers
For the Sauce:
14-oz can whole peeled Italian tomatoes
For the Toppings:
12 oz mozzarella, cut into 1/4-in slices or torn into small chunks
Handful basil leaves
4 tbs extra-virgin olive oil
Make the Dough —
Combine flour, salt, and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment.
Mix to combine.
Add water and mix to combine. Then, knead dough on low speed for 10 min. The mixture should come together into a unified mass that barely sticks to the bottom of the bowl as it kneads.
If dough sticks, add flour 1 tbs at a time to the mixer while it is running, until the mass barely sticks to the bowl. If the mixture is too dry, add water 1 tbs at a time to the running mixer.
Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. It can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.
When ready to make pizza, transfer dough to a floured work surface.
Divide dough into four even sections.
Coat four small containers or bowls with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil.
With floured hands, form each section into a ball. Place one dough ball into each coated container or bowl. Lightly spray the top of each dough ball with nonstick cooking spray or coat with olive oil.
Cover each container or bowl tightly with plastic wrap, and let rise at room temperature for 2 hours.
Each dough ball should double in volume.
Make the Sauce —
Make the sauce by either pushing the tomatoes through a food mill or simply pulsing them in a food processor until a chunky liquid is formed.
Heat oven to at least 475°, higher if oven allows. If using a pizza stone, place it in the oven to heat as well.
Assemble the Pizzas —
Onto a well-floured surface, stretch out each ball into a 10-in circle. Use a floured rolling pin if you need it.
Don’t worry about the dough being a perfect circle!
Place one dough ball onto a lightly floured peel, shake gently to ensure that the dough is not sticking.
Spread about 1/3 cup of sauce over the dough, leaving about a 1/2-inch edge un-sauced.
Top the sauce with a quarter of the mozzarella slices. Tear a few basil leaves on top (according to preference) and drizzle with 1 tbs of olive oil. The basil and olive oil can be added after the pizza is cooked.
Transfer pizza from peel to the hot stone and bake about 5 to 7 min, until cheese is bubbly and crust is charred in places.
Repeat with remaining dough balls and ingredients.
Makes 4 pizzas, serving 10-15