Pizzamania: Prepare your own pie



Most of us don’t have access to an 800-degree pizza oven, but I’m guessing that most people reading this article are not in possession of a wood-burning pizza oven. The ability to be able to crank it up to 800° to crisp your crust in mere minutes is sure nice…we should all be so lucky. It is pretty easy to make great pizza at home in your regular oven!

Along with the right tools, you need some recipes.

First, a bit about the process:

Play with your food! Work out the method of making and shaping dough that works best for you. Whether you are a hands-on cook who likes to knead the dough by hand or one that leans towards the machine (a food processor makes great dough in no time), you have to make it fun or, odds are, you won’t make it at all. Practice twirling the dough in your own kitchen (if it falls to the floor, the only one who will see it is you), or use a rolling pin to achieve the perfect thickness. You can even buy dough from your favorite pizzeria and roll it out at home.

I adapted this dough recipe from one created by the proprietor of Phoenix’s popular Pizzeria Bianco, Chris Bianco. Many pizza cooks swear by Italian ‘00’ flour because of its silky texture and high TK. Bianco, however, uses regular all-purpose flour, which is much easier to find. Be sure to plan ahead to allow time for the dough to rise twice.

Pizza Your Way

Makes enough dough for 4 12-inch pizzas

  • 1 1/4-ounce envelope active dry yeast
  • 2  cups warm water (105 degrees to 115 degrees)
  • 5 – 5 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2  teaspoons fine sea salt
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for bowl
  • Desired toppings

1. This step can be done by hand or in the bowl of a stand mixer: Dissolve yeast in warm water in a large bowl and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Stir in 3 cups flour and the salt, stirring until smooth. Stir in an additional 2 cups flour; continue adding flour (up to 1/2 cup), 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring until dough comes away from bowl but is still sticky.

2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, and knead with floured hands, using a bench scraper or a large metal spatula to scrape the dough from the work surface. Knead until the dough is smooth, elastic and soft, but still a little tacky, about 10 minutes.

3. Shape dough into a ball and transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, turning to coat the ball with the oil. Cover with plastic, and let rise in a warm place until it doubles in volume, about 2 hours.

4. Place a pizza stone on floor of gas oven or on the bottom rack of electric oven. Preheat oven to 500° for 1 hour.

5. Meanwhile, scrape dough out of the bowl onto floured surface, and cut it into 4 pieces. Shape into balls. Dust with flour, and cover with plastic. Let rest, 20 to 30 minutes, allowing dough to relax and almost double.

6. Holding top edge of 1 dough ball in both hands, let bottom edge touch work surface (refrigerate remaining balls as you work). Carefully move hands around edge to form a circle, as if turning a wheel. Hold dough on back of your hand, letting its weight stretch it into a 12-inch round. Don’t worry if the pizzas aren’t perfectly round—in fact, they will look much more appealing if they are not. Transfer dough to a lightly floured pizza peel (or an inverted baking sheet). Press out edges using your fingers. Jerk peel; if dough sticks, lift, and dust more flour underneath.

7. Arrange desired toppings on dough.

8. Heat oven to broil. Align edge of peel with edge of stone. Tilt peel, jerking it gently to move pizza. When edge of pizza touches stone, quickly pull back peel to transfer pizza to stone. (Do not move pizza.) Broil until bubbles begin to form in crust, 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce temperature to 500 degrees, and bake until crust is crisp and golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes more. (If not using broiler, bake pizza for 10 to 15 minutes total.) Remove pizza from oven using peel, and top with additional toppings if using. Slice and serve. Repeat with remaining dough and assorted toppings (each variation can be multiplied, depending on the number of pizzas you're making).

A few topping suggestions. Bake as directed above.

Pizza Margherita
The quintessential pizza named for Italy’s Queen Margherita, sports the colors of the Italian flag – simple tomato sauce, thinly sliced fresh mozzarella and fresh basil leaves. Drizzle the pizza with extra-virgin olive oil before baking.

Italian Sausage and Garlic
For each pizza, remove meat from one link of Italian sausage and crumble over a layer of tomato sauce. Scatter with 2 thinly sliced garlic cloves, crushed red pepper flakes and thinly sliced fresh mozzarella. 

Mushroom and Fontina
For each pizza, sauté 12-ounces coarsely chopped mushrooms of any kind in a bit of olive oil. Scatter mushrooms over a thin layer of tomato sauce, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon each of chopped thyme and scallions and top with 6 to 8 ounces grated Fontina cheese.

Fig, Proscuitto and Gorgonzola
Smear dough with olive oil and sprinkle with a handful of crumbled Gorgonzola cheese. Bake until almost cooked through. Drape with a few slices prosciutto and a handful of fresh figs cut into thin wedges and bake until heated through, about 2 minutes. Remove from oven and top with fresh arugula and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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Where:
OSU Medical Center North Lobby
744 W. Ninth St.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: OSU Medicine

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 Harvest Hayday!  October 26, from 11am - 2pm.  Come celebrate the arrival of fall!  With hayrides, games, trunk or treating, emergency vehicles, a petting zoo, and more, ...

Cost: Free, except food items for purchase from Food Trucks

Where:
Asbury UMC
6767 S. Mingo Rd
Tulsa, OK  74133
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Sponsor: Asbury UMC
Telephone: 918-392-1165
Contact Name: Kim Broadhurst
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Hello, Friends!   Fall is in the air! We are excited to present the 5th Annual Hugo Pumpkin Festival, a fun-filled event featuring a variety of entertaining activities for the whole family....

Cost: $ 6 - $ 20

Where:
Endangered Ark Foundation
2657 E 2070 Rd
Hugo, OK  74743
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Sponsor: Endangered Ark Foundation
Telephone: 580-317-8470
Contact Name: Emily
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Outdoor All Day Family Friendly Halloween Event 

Cost: $0-$10.00

Where:
Downtown Wagoner
Main Street
Wagoner
Wagoner, OK  74467
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Sponsor: Wagoner Main Street
Telephone: 918-577-1772
Contact Name: Samantha Call
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Buy a Care Card and save up to 20% at more than 200 local stores and restaurants October 25 – November 3, 2018. With Care Card, you’re saving more than money – you’re saving lives....

Cost: $60

Where:
Tulsa, OK


Sponsor: Family & Children's Services
Telephone: 918-560-1115
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Abersons presents Pink Ribbon -- an exclusive, high-fashion fundraiser featuring a runway show by one of the world's hottest designers. Cocktails 6 p.m. | Dinner & Live Auction 7...

Cost: $1,250

Where:
Southern Hills Country Club
2636 E. 61st St.
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: Abersons
Telephone: 918-834-7200
Contact Name: Scarlet Henley
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Go into the woods and experience the return of this fantastic family production with performances in both Tulsa and Broken Arrow. Tulsa Ballet's Hardesty Family Foundation Children's...

Cost: $15

Where:
Studio K (Tulsa) and Zarrow Studio (Broken Arrow(
1212 E 45th Place
Tulsa, OK  74105
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Sponsor: Tulsa Ballet
Telephone: 918-749-6006
Contact Name: Dan
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America’s LARGEST interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Broken Arrow! At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you...

Cost: 59.95

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa- Broken Arrow
420 W Albany St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Telephone: 866-496-0535
Contact Name: The Dinner Detective
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Mummies of all ages! Bring your goblins, witches, and super heroes to our fun and food filled Halloween Dance! Saturday, October 26th, 2019 6-9 pm $5 per person (check or cash)  

Cost: $5 per person

Where:
Bixby Community Center
211 N Cabaniss Ave
Bixby , OK  74008
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Sponsor: Bixby Community Center
Telephone: 918-366-4841
Contact Name: Victoria Smith

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For the first time, the Oklahoma Aquarium will host seven nights of indoor trick-or-treating for kids of all ages from Friday, October 25 to Thursday, October 31! Guests can follow the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Oklahoma Aquarium
300 Aquarium Drive
Jenks, OK  74107
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Aquarium
Telephone: 918-528-1507
Contact Name: Liz Medrano
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Originally from West Africa, Kizomba is a partner dance that is a sexy addition to any Latin dance party. It is the fastest Latin growing dance in the U.S. Come and learn the basics plus a few more...

Cost: 109

Where:
THE DANCE PLACE
3310 WEST 42ND PLACE
TULSA, OK  74107
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Telephone: 918-813-6514
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Tulsa Metro Sound Chorus presents: "As Seen on TMS". A comedic review which will keep you in stitches, including music of Iconic Women of Song . Come enjoy the music of Karen Carpenter,...

Cost: 15.00

Where:
Memorial High School
5840 S Hudson Ave,
Tulsa, OK  74135
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Sponsor: Tulsa Metro Sound
Telephone: 918-352-6091
Contact Name: Marlys Fallen
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Choral Music from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Down Under

Cost: $20

Where:
Cascia Hall
2520 S Yorktown Ave
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Tulsa Chorale
Telephone: 918-625-1527
Contact Name: Anastasia Howard
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Are you looking for a night of Halloween hilarity, ghoulish guffaws, and spooky silliness? Then come and see the spirited stylings of Laughing Matter… Oklahoma’s longest-running...

Cost: $8.00 ($4.00 for children under 12)

Where:
pH Community House
306 S Phoenix Ave
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Laughing Matter Improv
Contact Name: Jerry Henderson
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Luchadores go head to head in the ring to see who really is The Great Pumpkin!

Cost: Free

Where:
Elote Cafe & Catering
514 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Elote Cafe & Catering
Telephone: 918-582-1403
Contact Name: Elote Cafe & Catering
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Seymour, a nerdy worker at a run-down florist is romantically pining for a seemingly unattainable beauty named Audrey, when he discovers an unusual plant that only thrives when it is fed human...

Cost: $15-$25

Where:
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
110 East Second Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Tulsa Project Theatre
Telephone: 918-596-7122
Contact Name: Amber Whitlatch
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No tricks, just treats! Gathering Place is casting a spell for all not-so-scary ghosts and ghouls to make their way to the park for sweets and treats. Meet us on Spooky Street for a kid-friendly,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gathering Place
2650 S. John Williams Way E.
Tulsa, OK  74114
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