Getting a good pizza from a decent pizzeria is pricey, and the cheapo frozen discs are often indistinguishable from their cardboard backing. Learn how to make your own without inheriting a wood-fired oven. Writing for business blog Mainstreet, Allison hit the streets to find someone to teach her how to make a cheap and easy homemade pizza. Andrew, a food studies graduate student, was happy to oblige. In addition to sharing a recipe for the dough, he talks technique. While pizza places and ultra high-end home kitchens might have ovens built for pizza cooking, Andrew insists that the basic tools available in most kitchens are more than adequate to whip up a delicious pizza. The key to good pizza is heat, and lots of it. Photo by Foodie.
He has a cast iron griddle heating on the stovetop, and has turned the broiler on high with a rack four inches below the heating element. He cuts off a racquet-ball sized portion of the dough, and uses his fingers to stretch it, careful not to break the dough.
He puts the dough on the griddle, drizzles olive oil, thinly sliced red onions, grated Parmesan and green olives on top, and pops it under the broiler. He watches it until the dough rises and browns, and the toppings melt and bubble, about 4 minutes.
If you have your own tips, tricks, or tasty pizza recipes to share, sound off in the comments below.