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Posted: 4/15/2015 8:22:14 PM EDT
Can't get a good pie out here (we're from jersey)

So after trying about 20 different "ny pizza" places I decided to just figure it out

I read this guys website like 100 times

http://www.varasanos.com/pizzarecipe.htm

My early results were awful I ended up with a lot of calzones

Here's where I'm at with my progress I would say these pies are better then anything I can get out here and on par with neighborhood pizzas in jersey(Taste wise looks are still lacking)














If anyone has any questions fire away

I know my counters/cabinets suck we just moved in and it's going to get done











Link Posted: 4/15/2015 8:25:27 PM EDT
Not yet. I just got my BGE last weekend.

What did you bake those in?
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 8:26:26 PM EDT
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My mom did. Awesome.
My wife made breakfast pizzas when we dated and early on in marriage.

Not so much now.

And OP's pizza looks awesome.
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 8:27:51 PM EDT
My wife makes homemade pizza, one of her tricks to getting a great crust is to bake the crust a few minutes before adding any toppings.
Of course we like thin crispy crust, rather than thick chewy so YMMV.
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 8:30:23 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By jeep450:
Not yet. I just got my BGE last weekend.

What did you bake those in?
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I use a baking steel

http://www.bakingsteel.com/shop/36cw3irik4278m93gaa1vkta6jkwnj
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 8:30:33 PM EDT
My kids were just asking if we could make our own pizzas tonight. I didn't have any dough ready so we cheated and pulled a frozen pie out. Just isn't the same.
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 8:31:29 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By TrainSafe:
My kids were just asking if we could make our own pizzas tonight. I didn't have any dough ready so we cheated and pulled a frozen pie out. Just isn't the same.
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French bread pizza in that case!
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 8:32:24 PM EDT
Why is my cat in your house?

Looks good. My wife makes pizza a lot.
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 8:33:43 PM EDT
Yep

Use the same tomatoes; we purchase Caputo 00 flour 55#'s at a time. We do batches of dough every month or so.

Always turns out great
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 8:37:12 PM EDT
I do. I have been using this crust recipe with excellent results.

http://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2007/02/homemade-pizza-in-3-acts.html
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 8:37:58 PM EDT
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I like homemade garbage pizza, in fact I'm getting ready to build one up right now.




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Originally Posted By PanzerOfDoom:
Yep

Use the same tomatoes; we purchase Caputo 00 flour 55#'s at a time. We do batches of dough every month or so.

Always turns out great
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Ohh nice! What are you paying for a 55# sack?

I'm buying Costco bread flour(high gluten) 25# at a time which fits into a 5 gallon bucket with a vita seal lid

I only make 6 9oz balls at a time because the family rebels if we eat pizza every day
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 8:41:21 PM EDT
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Details man we need details!!!!
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 8:47:05 PM EDT
Two:

What are you cooking in or on? We have make your own grilled pizza night on fridays. The kids love it!

Who killed the cat?
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 8:49:21 PM EDT
Been known, taught by my father, to toss and cook a pie every now and then...

Link Posted: 4/15/2015 8:51:20 PM EDT
Sorry, but "their." Looks good, by the way.
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 8:51:29 PM EDT
Sometimes.


I'd rather Little Casears
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 8:51:46 PM EDT
Make my own pizza where?
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 8:53:34 PM EDT
I have a KamadoJoe, but have only made pizzas on a friend's BGE. It's really easy aside from the dough making. And effing delicious.
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 8:54:25 PM EDT
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I make my own dough, proprietary recipe. It's not a traditional pizza dough in taste or consistency, but everyone that tries it likes it.

2.5 tsp aka 1 packet yeast, mix with room temp water let stand 5 min.
thoroughly mix the yeast water thenext add 1st sugar, 1st salt, 1 tap veg oil.
Stir then add 2 cups white flour, 1 cup wheat.

Mix/knead till you get something that resembles dough, then let it rise in the bowl for 20 min

Use a rolling pin to flatten it into a pie shape. If you are using a conventional oven stick the dough in at 350 for 5 min. Take it out, add sauce (hopefully home made) then throw on your cheese, seasonings and toppings and bake it till the cheese gets golden.

You can thank me later.
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Details man we need details!!!!


+1

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Link Posted: 4/15/2015 8:58:24 PM EDT
I hear the key to good NY pizza is the water they use in the dough. I hear the NY tap water is tasty, never had it myself, that's what im told.
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 8:58:50 PM EDT
We do it just about every weekend. Sometimes I go buy the dough. More often than not, wife will make it. I take over after that.
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 8:59:08 PM EDT
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I like homemade garbage pizza, in fact I'm getting ready to build one up right now.

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DETAILS MAN. DETAILS.
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 8:59:13 PM EDT
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French bread pizza in that case!
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Originally Posted By TrainSafe:
My kids were just asking if we could make our own pizzas tonight. I didn't have any dough ready so we cheated and pulled a frozen pie out. Just isn't the same.


French bread pizza in that case!


Or English muffins
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 9:01:26 PM EDT
Home made pizza is the best, plus the kids love making thier own pizzas!!!
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 9:03:52 PM EDT
When the pizza delivery shows up I just say "There, I just made this pizza my own".

Link Posted: 4/15/2015 9:05:12 PM EDT


I cheat badly though. I buy the dough from my favorite joint.

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I'd rather Little Casears
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You must be awful at dough making if Little Caesars is better than homemade.
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WANT!!!
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 9:17:19 PM EDT
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The trick to really superior pizza is: to bake it on a layer of yellow cornmeal...and use enough flour so the dough isn't sticky.

It holds the dough up off of the oven platen enough to let the hot air get under the crust and crisp it up. The baked cornmeal adds a buttload of flavor too.

Roll out your dough. Throw a big handful of flour on top and spread it out.

Fold it in half. Fold it in half again to make a 1/4 pie shape.

Sprinkle a generous amount of yellow cornmeal onto the wooden pizza paddle.

Put the folded dough onto the cornmeal covered wooden paddle and unfold it.

Brush of the loose flour.

Add your sauce and toppings.

Use the metal pizza pizza peel to slide the pizza off the paddle onto the oven platen.

Turn the pizza 1/3 rotation every couple of minutes using the peel.

Enjoy.

Link Posted: 4/15/2015 9:19:36 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By mikey_babaganoush:
I make my own dough, proprietary recipe. It's not a traditional pizza dough in taste or consistency, but everyone that tries it likes it.

2.5 tsp aka 1 packet yeast, mix with room temp water let stand 5 min.
thoroughly mix the yeast water thenext add 1st sugar, 1st salt, 1 tap veg oil.
Stir then add 2 cups white flour, 1 cup wheat.

Mix/knead till you get something that resembles dough, then let it rise in the bowl for 20 min

Use a rolling pin to flatten it into a pie shape. If you are using a conventional oven stick the dough in at 350 for 5 min. Take it out, add sauce (hopefully home made) then throw on your cheese, seasonings and toppings and bake it till the cheese gets golden.

You can thank me later.
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While that method will get you a pizza it's not the "right" way to do it you would get much better results with way less yeast no sugar and playing with longer controlled rise times and hand stretching

I will start my dough 2 days before I want to make my pizza
I'll let it rise over night
Then punch it down and ball it into pizza skins
Then they sit in the fridge over night in there own little ziploc bags
Then there brought to room tempatures
Then hand stretch I don't par bake either it's unnecessary with the baking steel

Cook at 550 convex (highest my oven will go) 7-8 min

Link Posted: 4/15/2015 9:20:25 PM EDT
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My wife does it with a layer of Parmesan cheese with a little olive oil, same effect though.
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 9:20:36 PM EDT
Try the Pilsbury crust in a tube. Not kidding.
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 9:23:30 PM EDT
Try the Pilsbury crust in a tube. Not kidding.
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 9:24:52 PM EDT
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Or English muffins
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Originally Posted By Gunslinger808:
Originally Posted By TrainSafe:
My kids were just asking if we could make our own pizzas tonight. I didn't have any dough ready so we cheated and pulled a frozen pie out. Just isn't the same.


French bread pizza in that case!


Or English muffins


Garlic naan bread. Available at Walmart, Aldi, etc.

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Details man we need details!!!!


I use the high gluten flour and a pretty traditional dough.
The oven is from Chicago Brick Ovems and I get it to about 800F.
I use some corn meal on the bottom. The fire is built with Cherry or Apple wood. I ordered some Orange Wood to try next time.
Cooks in 2-3 minutes about a 8" pizza. I hold it up in the top of the oven to finish, and carmelize the cheese a bit.
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Originally Posted By cofi:
While that method will get you a pizza it's not the "right" way to do it you would get much better results with way less yeast no sugar and playing with longer controlled rise times and hand stretching

I will start my dough 2 days before I want to make my pizza
I'll let it rise over night
Then punch it down and ball it into pizza skins
Then they sit in the fridge over night in there own little ziploc bags
Then there brought to room tempatures
Then hand stretch I don't par bake either it's unnecessary with the baking steel

Cook at 550 convex (highest my oven will go) 7-8 min

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Yeah I know it could use some changes, but it's been a family recipe of sorts, and it come to enjoy it as is. That's not so say I won't try your method. I feel there is room for more than just one pizza recipe.

Now whoever posted the pictures of that sick outdoor oven has to start taking. One of my upcoming DIY projects is to build our install an outdoor pizza oven.
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 9:40:35 PM EDT
Anyone know of tomato sauce that wont cause heartburn? Unfortunately I don't get to eating pizza anymore cause I will feel like a heart attack all night from acid reflux.
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 9:46:10 PM EDT
Damn it was good

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Anyone know of tomato sauce that wont cause heartburn? Unfortunately I don't get to eating pizza anymore cause I will feel like a heart attack all night from acid reflux.
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White sauce is the answer but non -canned sauce will improve it markedly.
So, made fresh is best. Barilla in a jar is good for that problem

Also, if you have a fancy supermarket nearby, they may have a fresh sauce in the cold case.
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 9:51:02 PM EDT
A fork to eat pizza? Still 10/10.

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Damn it was good

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Try a white pizza.
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 9:53:16 PM EDT
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I make my own a lot using my BGE. The key for me is not the corn meal, it is to use parchment paper and make sure the stone has 25 minutes to heat up.



I usually buy my dough but would really like to get a great recipe and make my own.
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 9:56:14 PM EDT
What's a bge?

Some really nice pizzas(and guns)in here
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 10:05:27 PM EDT
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French bread pizza in that case!
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Originally Posted By TrainSafe:
My kids were just asking if we could make our own pizzas tonight. I didn't have any dough ready so we cheated and pulled a frozen pie out. Just isn't the same.


French bread pizza in that case!



+1! My kids LOVE that meal. They get to build their own pizzas.
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 10:05:30 PM EDT
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What's a bge?

Some really nice pizzas(and guns)in here
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bge = Big Green Egg
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 10:07:44 PM EDT
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Or English muffins
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Originally Posted By Gunslinger808:
Originally Posted By TrainSafe:
My kids were just asking if we could make our own pizzas tonight. I didn't have any dough ready so we cheated and pulled a frozen pie out. Just isn't the same.


French bread pizza in that case!


Or English muffins



WM has started carrying Asiago cheese bagels and we made pizzas from those. The kids still ask when are we going to do that again. Really good.
Link Posted: 4/15/2015 10:10:39 PM EDT
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