It's National Pizza Day! On February 9, pizza lovers indulge in an appreciatory celebration of the famous Italian flatbread dish. While nominally a US celebration, the event has been picked up by pizza fans around the world and is a great excuse to indulge in a pizza (or three.) Here are 11 mouth-watering pizza recipes and cooking tips from the Lifehacker archives.
In 1830, the world's first pizzeria opened in Naples, Italy. Fast-forward to the present day, and pizza is everywhere. If you're planning to celebrate National Pizza Day tonight with a homemade "pie", here are some tips and recipes to make your creation extra special - whether you're starting from scratch, heating up leftover takeaway or fancying up a frozen supermarket pizza.
Pizza Party is a mobile pizza catering service that provides stone based Italian pizzas for parties and corporate functions. We recently caught up with the company's founder Simone Franchi and asked him how to create the perfect pizza. Here are his tips.
It's wonderful to find leftover pizza in your kitchen, but reheating in the microwave can make it soggy, while the oven takes forever. Instead try heating your pizza up on the stove top.
You usually have some leftover mash after a big baked dinner. (It's one of those things it can't hurt to make too much of.) This goes doubly for mashed sweet potatoes, which aren't to everyone's taste. Next time, instead of nuking - and ruining - your leftovers in the microwave, try creating this crispy potato pizza instead.
Normally, you would never refrigerate or freeze tomatoes, since it changes their texture. However, if you can't can them but still want fresh tomato sauce in the off season, it's okay to pop them in the freezer. You'll still be able to make fresh-tasting, delicious tomato sauce come winter.
The best homemade pizza is made with the best ingredients, but that doesn't mean those ingredients need to be complicated. In fact, the best pizza sauce has only one ingredient and it requires no cooking at all.
I know none of you ever have any leftover pizza, but if some lesser being happens to leave some lying around, you should probably use it to make a delicious egg-in-a-hole.
Frozen pizza is fine. It is one of the least ambitious and yet completely decent meals you can make with almost no effort. But why not aim for more than decent? With a few added toppings, you can upgrade your cardboard pizza to something resembling an actual meal.
If you want to bake multiple pizzas for your party, but don't have enough space in your oven, this simple space-management trick will let you cook more at the same time.
If your homemade pizza dough never seems to taste as good as in a restaurant, there could be a simple explanation. According to one of the world's best pizza chefs, an often overlooked ingredient is H2O. In short, don't use unfiltered tap water.
Pizza stones (or unglazed ceramic tiles) give pizzas, breads and other baked items a marvellous crust. Use two layers of pizza stones or tiles and you can turn your stove into a brick oven of sorts.
Beer is great and pizza is amazing. When you have both at the same time it's one of the best meals known to man. Still, the subtle, nuanced flavours of different beers can be even better with the right pizza pairing. This infographic from Chicago's Home Run Inn Premium Pizzeria compares 30 different types of pizza and tells you what beers go best with each.