Have you been invited to one of my Pizza Party Gatherings but have no idea of what to expect or how to make a neapolitan-style pizza? Have no fear! I've created a simple little video that will take you through the steps of creating a great pizza on your first try. If you're in a hurry or just a reader, a video synopsis is found below the video. Enjoy!
Steps Outlined in the Video
Use a ceramic tile as the pizza-making workstation. (There will be only 5 or six tiles out a a time to prevent a backlog of orders at the oven)
There will be an assembly line of ingredients, kind of like Chipotle. Start at the end with the dough (Doh!).
Use the metal can (aka FLOUR SPRINKLER) to lightly dust your ceramic tile.
Choose your perfect dough ball. Make sure it is "THE ONE".
Open and then gently flip-over the tupperware container, allowing the dough to fall out of the container and into the small bowl of flour.
Get both sides of the dough lightly (LIGHTLY) covered in flour so it won't stick to your fingers.
Gently toss the dough back and forth between your hands twice to knock-off excess flour.
Place the dough onto the ceramic tile.
For the next step of making the "crust", you need to make your dominant hand look like it's trying to open a large jar of pickles.
With your pickle-lid-grip hand, gently press your fingertips into the dough and rotate it, lifting your hand and reinserting several times to make crust edge, officially called the "cornicione".
From here, find a way to stretch the inner part of the dough. I usually use my knuckles and drape the dough as I rotate it and let gravity stretch it out. If you want to try to toss the dough, use your knuckles and go for it!
Once the dough is stretched, sprinkle a little more flour on tile and place the pizza round back on the tile. TOPPINGS
Neapolitan pizza needs light sauce because the pizza will cook in about 2-3 minutes.
Put on and LIGHTLY smear about 3 spoonfuls of sauce. DON'T PRESS DOWN ON THE SPOON. Doing so could make the dough stick to the tile which makes it hard to transfer into the oven.
Add some cheese and other toppings. You should still be able to see some sauce under the toppings when done. Too many toppings may make your pizza a bit soggy. COOKING
Bring your tile to Ryan and he'll cook it in the oven!
Wait two minutes, get the pizza, slice it and enjoy!