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Making New York-style pizza at home

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  • For 10 years, I've been trying to make real
  • New York-style pizza at home,
  • and I think that I’ve gotten as close as I’m ever going to get.
  • At the very least, this is a damn good pizza,
  • authentic or not.
  • For the dough, start with a teaspoon of yeast,
  • a teaspoon of sugar, and a quarter cup of warm water,
  • and wait five minutes.
  • I have heard that blooming the yeast like this
  • is not really necessary, but I like to do it,
  • just to make sure that my yeast is still alive
  • before I spend two days
  • waiting for a dough to rise that never will.
  • Then, put in two more cups of warm water,
  • a tablespoon more sugar, and a tablespoon of salt,
  • and then a glug of olive oil.
  • That’s like a quarter cup at most.
  • Then, bread flour — high-protein flour.
  • Five cups to start with,
  • and then kneed in the mixer
  • with the dough hook attachment.
  • Wait until it comes together
  • into a reasonably smooth, solid mass,
  • and then you’ve got to poke it.
  • It should be only slightly sticky.
  • If it’s really sticky, add more flour.
  • 5 cups is conservative.
  • You’ll know that you’ve kneaded the dough enough
  • when you can stretch out a little chunk of it so thin
  • that you can see light through it.
  • Now, this recipe makes four pizzas
  • of the maximum size that I can safely bake in my oven,
  • which is 12 to 13 inches in diameter,
  • so I rip the dough into four chunks,
  • and then I role each of those chunks
  • into a smooth, even ball.
  • Their shape really matters,
  • which is why I rise each ball in its own oiled container.
  • Toss the ball around in the oil
  • and then use it to grease up the sides of the bowl,
  • and then use it to grease up the sides of the bowl, or the Tupperware,
  • or the Tupperware,
  • or whatever it is that you’re using that will
  • allow the ball to rise in an even, round shape.
  • Cover them up, and put them in the refrigerator.
  • A long, slow rise in the fridge
  • is what gets you the best flavor and texture.
  • 24 hours is the bare minimum.
  • Now, when I mix my dough is when I make my sauce.
  • You need a 28-ounce can of whole plum tomatoes.
  • I really prefer San Marzanos,
  • that’s the expensive kind from Italy,
  • because they are really acidic. They’re very bright.
  • But no matter what kind you get,
  • they will be packed in some kind of liquid.
  • I think the liquid is usually ground-up,
  • lesser-quality tomatoes that tend to taste pretty bitter,
  • so I fish the whole tomatoes out into a bowl
  • and I throw away the liquid.
  • You could just squish them with your hand,
  • but I like a smooth texture, so I use my stick blender.
  • Then I put in a pinch of sugar, a glug of olive oil.
  • That really improves the flavor, the olive oil.
  • And then I put in a lot of dried oregano,
  • which I think is the defining herb of New York-style pizza.
  • Finally, I put two or three tablespoons of tomato paste in.
  • Without the tomato paste, the sauce is never intense enough,
  • though if you put in too much, it spoils that fresh,
  • raw tomato taste that you get from the plum tomatoes.
  • Tomato paste is, of course,
  • just heavily cooked and reduced tomato sauce.
  • So, I stir it up and then I add more tomato paste
  • until it looks just thick enough to me.
  • That is enough for four pizzas.
  • Then I put this in the refrigerator with the dough,
  • because I think it tastes better
  • after it sits around for a few days.
  • Like I said, you’ve got to age the dough 24 hours at least.
  • This has been in for 48 hours, which I really prefer,
  • though sometimes I age it a whole week.
  • It almost tastes like sourdough when you age it that long.
  • This is my pizza stone.
  • You really need one of these,
  • and you should get the biggest one that’ll fit in your oven.
  • In my oven, I get the best results on an upper-middle rack position,
  • though that took some experimenting.
  • Every oven is different.
  • If you have a convection setting, use that,
  • it’ll help with the browning of the cheese.
  • Preheat to the highest temperature that your oven’s got.
  • No matter how fast it comes up to temperature,
  • let it sit and preheat for one, full hour,
  • because this it not just about heating the oven.
  • It’s about heating the stone.
  • The stone has to get rocket hot,
  • and it’s very dense, so it takes a while.
  • Preheat for a full hour.
  • Time to think about cheese,
  • and yes, I use string cheese.
  • It is ridiculous,
  • but where I live, this is the only form in which I can get
  • whole-milk, low-moisture mozzarella.
  • If it’s part-skim, it won’t taste right.
  • If it’s not low-moisture, the pizza will be soggy.
  • You can probably buy a block of whole-milk,
  • low-moisture mozzarella in your city.
  • I have to make do with these stupid sticks.
  • But it’s not so bad. Six of them is the perfect amount.
  • Six ounces for a 12-inch pizza. That’s perfect.
  • Then I also grate up some parmesan or pecorino
  • to put under the mozzarella layer,
  • which I think is traditional
  • in the higher-quality New York-style places.
  • When the oven is ready, get your pizza peel.
  • Yeah, you really need one of these, too.
  • And then you have to dust it with something
  • so that the pizza won’t stick.
  • Semolina or cornmeal would be traditional, I think.
  • But I have found that coarse-ground,
  • whole-wheat flour works best.
  • It does the job without adding any gritty texture.
  • Get out your dough ball.
  • That smooth top is going to be the bottom of the pizza,
  • because it’s more likely to slide off of the peel cleanly.
  • This rough underside will be the top,
  • because it’ll better adhere to the sauce and the cheese.
  • I start by just going around and forming the cornice.
  • That’s the fluffy outer ring of crust.
  • Never smash it down, otherwise it’ll never fluff up.
  • Then I just stretch out the dough out with my hands.
  • You could toss it in the air like a boss,
  • but that takes skill, it’s risky, it’s messy,
  • and it really only saves you meaningful amounts of time
  • when you’re making a hundred pizzas a day.
  • For one pizza, hand-stretching is fine.
  • You’ll know that you’ve got it thin enough when, again,
  • you can see light through it.
  • Once you lay it down on your peel, you have to work fast,
  • otherwise the dough will bond to the wood
  • and you’ll never be able to slide it off into the oven.
  • Put your sauce on. I like lots of sauce.
  • Then the parmesan layer.
  • This really improves the flavor of the pizza.
  • It makes it much more rich.
  • Then put on your mozzarella,
  • and really take pains to get it on evenly all over,
  • otherwise it won’t melt or brown correctly.
  • When you’re done, pick up the peel
  • and shake it back and forth to make sure
  • that the pizza is going to release when you take it to the oven.
  • You’ve got to be able to do this with some confidence,
  • like flipping an egg.
  • This should only take five or six minutes to bake.
  • The trick is waiting for the cheese to brown,
  • but not so long that the cheese overheats and starts to separate,
  • and you get a lot of that orange grease layer oozing out.
  • Some separation is inevitable, but you can minimize it
  • by not leaving the pizza in there for too long.
  • Rather than use the peel,
  • I like to pull the pizza out with a pair of tongs
  • right onto a cooling rack.
  • Resting the pizza on the rack helps keep it crispy,
  • but also when I’ve tried resting a hot pizza
  • on my plastic cutting boards,
  • the crust tends to take on the flavor of the dishwasher,
  • which is gross.
  • When it’s eating temperature,
  • you’re safe to transfer to a cutting board.
  • Now this pizza is only like 12 inches wide,
  • which is way smaller than traditional New York pizza,
  • because we just have a normal, little home oven, right?
  • But to me, a defining feature
  • of New York pizza is big, foldable slices,
  • so I just cut this pizza into quarters.
  • That’s a nice big slice.
  • Look how brown the bottom is too, by the way.
  • That’s what you get from heating the stone for a long time.
  • So, there you go, I really think this gets me
  • very close to my favorite New York-style pizzas.
  • If you think you know a better way,
  • seriously, please tell me.
  • I am sure that I will be working on this for a further 10 years.
  • Hey, here's a bonus.
  • "Daddy, what are you cooking?"
  • "Just cook."
  • "With me."
  • "What are we gonna make?"
  • "Uh, pizza bread!"
  • Every time I make pizza,
  • I make a loaf of what my son here calls “pizza bread.”
  • It is his favorite food and grown-ups like it, too.
  • I take one of these dough balls
  • that I’ve aged in a wide container
  • so that it can spread out nice and flat.
  • When you turn it around, you see this spongy, bubbly surface.
  • This is going to get very crispy in the oven.
  • So, I just gently stretch it out into a big oval,
  • and then the bottom becomes the top.
  • I smear lots of olive oil onto that porous surface.
  • Then I put on pepper, coarse salt, and garlic powder.
  • Bake in the oven just like the pizza.
  • It’s ready when the top is just starting to color.
  • Garlic powder burns easily, so very light brown is enough.
  • There, that spongy surface crisped up really nice.
  • I cut this into little strips.
  • You could do bigger chunks,
  • but these are just right for Freddie, here.

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New York-style pizza at home

(Makes four 12-inch pizzas)

For the dough:

1 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
¼ cup warm water

2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon salt
¼ cup olive oil
5 cups bread flour, plus more as needed

Bloom the yeast in a stand mixer bowl with the teaspoon of sugar and ¼ cup water. When it’s frothy, add the rest of the ingredients and mix with the dough hook until a smooth ball comes together. It should be only slightly sticky; if it’s very sticky, add additional flour. Divide dough into four equal parts, roll each into a smooth ball and place in its own, well-oiled bowl. Age in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours or up to a week.

For the sauce:

1 28-ounce can whole San Marzano tomatoes
¼ cup olive oil
½ teaspoon sugar, or more to taste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons tomato paste

Remove tomatoes from their canning liquid and discard the liquid. Squish or blend the tomatoes until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and mix until smooth. Makes enough for four pizzas.

For the cheese:

6 ounces whole-milk, low-moisture mozzarella per pizza
Grated parmesan for dusting

Assembly:

Place pizza stone on middle rack and preheat oven on its maximum temperature for one hour. Use convection setting, if available. After pre-heating, stretch pizza dough and place on a well-dusted peel (stone-ground whole-wheat flour works best). Top with sauce, dusting of parmesan, and then the mozzarella. Bake for 5-6 minutes. Rest on cooling rack before slicing.