Pizza 101

Favorite tools, killer techniques and the best-ever reheating tip.

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Pizza Tools

We’re not big on extraneous kitchen tools. But when it comes to pizza, there’s a few we can’t do without. Stock up for homemade success with these top choices:

A Pizza Cutter can be hard to get leverage with a traditional round pizza slicer, especially if it’s flimsy. Try this rocking blade cutter for precision slicing every time.

Simple yet stylish: Pizza Peel is used to remove pizza from a hot oven or grill with ease, then serve it straight from the board. We like stainless steel or bamboo.

 

Grilled Pizza

Homemade pizza on the grill is an easy, 4-steps easy. A satisfying meal all year round. Once you learn how to grill pizza like a pro, you’ll never go back.

See the 4-Step Process


Masterful Reheating

Instead of cold ‘za or a nuked nightmare, reheat day-old pizza by throwing it into a dry nonstick skillet. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes (watch carefully so it doesn’t burn) to crisp the crust and help the cheese regain its freshly melted, ooey goodness.

 

What's Your Pizza Personality?

Cooking for the difficult-to-please kid crowd? The die-hard meat-eater? Make a meal that will fit them to a T with these six pies organized by personality type.

See Pizza Personalities


Bake on a Pizza Stone

Pizza Stones are flat pieces of ceramic or earthenware designed to prevent sticking and help your pizza develop a uniform, crispy crust. Pre-heat pizza stone for 10-30 minutes prior to baking. While heating the pizza stone, unroll dough onto parchment paper, the flat back of a cookie sheet, or a pizza peel. If using a cookie sheet or pizza peel, sprinkle with cornmeal before unrolling dough to avoid sticking. Form dough to desired thickness and shape, and top with toppings. For classic crust: bake ½” thick dough at 425°F for 7-12 minutes. For thin crust: bake ¼” thick dough at 400°F for 8-13 minutes.

 

For a Crisper Crust

PREBAKE dough for 8-9 minutes. FLIP crust with spatula. TOP with pizza sauce, cooked meat, cheese and other toppings as desired. BAKE 6-10 minutes longer or until crust is deep golden brown.

 

For Soft Crust

Do not prebake dough. Spread with sauce and top as above. BAKE 9-13 minutes for cheese pizza, 13-17 minutes if additional toppings are added, or until crust is deep golden brown.