Pizza for the Do It Yourselfer
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Step 1: Pre-heat the oven to 550 degrees.
We know this seems very high, but it’s really okay. The high heat will make for a more flavorful crispy crust. Just make sure you’re careful and wear oven mitts before you go sticking your hands in there!
Step 2: The Dough.
For the best results, and a pizza that will have friends and family begging for more, we recommend homemade dough from scratch. Don’t worry, it’s really not all that difficult and only adds a few minutes to the prep time. Check here for a great recipe with a step by step video tutorial!
Once you’ve got your dough ready, divide it in half. A pound of dough usually gives you about a 10 inch pizza.
Step 3: Roll it on out
Form the dough into a disk with your hands.
Pro Tip: Once you have the dough shaped into a disc, continue to roll it out on a piece of parchment paper. The dough will stick to the parchment paper which makes it easier to shape and, you can transfer the entire pizza directly into the oven on the paper. The pizza will separate from the paper as it cooks. You can remove the paper about halfway through the cooking process. Don’t worry, the parchment paper might turn dark brown but it won’t burn.
Step 4: The toppings…Oh the toppings
To begin with, place a few tablespoons of sauce on the rolled out dough. You can use the back of the spoon to spread it around until it’s evenly distributed. From there, you can pretty much pile on whatever you want! If you’re working with meats or anything you don’t want to eat raw, we recommend cooking the topping before you place It on the pizza. For leafy vegetables, (spinach, arugula, etc.) place them on the pizza right after it comes out of the oven. The heat of the fresh pizza will cause them to wilt a little.
Step 5: Into the oven we go.
Slide the pizza into the oven. Be careful…it’s really hot in there! Allow the pizza to cook for about 5 minutes then rotate and remove the parchment paper. It should slide right out from underneath the pizza easily. Allow the pizza to cook for another 3 to 5 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is starting to look a little crispy.
Step 6: The fun part
Remove the pizza, add any leafy vegetable toppings, slice and enjoy. Just make sure you don’t burn the roof of your mouth.
That’s all there is to it. Of course, we realize you’re probably not going to be making your own pizza every night, so for all of those other pizza craving nights, stop on by Long Wongs AZ Famous wings or visit us atwww.azfamouswings.com and let us do all of the work for you. Your homemade pizza will be absolutely delicious, but we still make the best pizza in Phoenix and Glendale!
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