November 30, 2019. Pizza. This was my first big cooking revelation. Watching flour and water become pizza dough. Watching pizza dough become a pizza crust. In my own oven.
If I can do this, you and everyone you know can, too. And you probably don’t know anybody who doesn’t love pizza.
So here are the makings of a pizza-making kit for anyone who could use a new source of edible fun in their life. If you see something you’d really like to receive, feel free to forward this to a prospective giver. In the holiday spirit, this Way is for all, not just subscribers.
The must-have: a Pizza Stone. $30.
The other must-have: a Pizza Paddle for $22. Or this even Better, not quite as Cheap Pizza Paddle for $35.
If you’re just learning, roll your dough before you toss it. With a marble rolling pin that’s heavy enough to do most of the work for you. The marble stays cool so your pizza dough won’t stick to it. $19
If you’re going to bake your pizza out on the grill, you’ll need a pizza grilling device that sits on top of the grill grate to evenly crisp — not burn — your outdoor masterpieces. And prevent the dough from falling into the fire. $32.
My 11-cup Cuisinart “Prep Plus” food processor has a dedicated “dough” button and setting. The faster, neater Way to pizza dough if you have a problem with sticky fingers. $130.
For a quick pizza-making refresher course, click to watch the always entertaining Pizza 101 and Pizza 102. The great book, Jim Lahey’s My Pizza is yours for $27 in hardcover, $5 in Kindle. The best flour: Antimo Caputo