Today we will make New York Style Pizza, yes you read it right, mouth-watering? Do you know that New York-style pizza is usually sold both by the slice and as whole pies? Slices are taken from a large pie — typically around 18 inches in diameter — and most commonly cut into 8 slices, but other variations do exist. Pizzas to be sold by the slice can be either “plain” (sometimes “regular” — cheese and sauce) or with toppings. While many New York pizzerias also have slices with various toppings ready to serve, they invariably have plain slices ready to go and can provide slices with toppings by adding them on prior to re-heating.
Pizzas are typically served with condiments such as dried red chili pepper, garlic powder, and grated parmesan cheese, available for the customer to place on the pizza once served. Oregano is also sometimes available.
Square-shaped slices with a much thicker dough called Sicilian slices are also sold in New York City, though they often differ considerably from the true pizza of Sicily.
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 2/3 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 (10 ounces) can tomato sauce
- 1 pound shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Sprinkle the yeast over the surface of the warm water in a large bowl. Let stand for 1 minute, then stir to dissolve.
- Mix in the flour, salt, and olive oil.
- When the dough is too thick to stir, turn out onto a floured surface, and knead for 5 minutes. Knead in a little more flour if the dough is too sticky.
- Place into an oiled bowl, cover, and set aside in a warm place to rise until doubled in bulk.
- Preheat the oven to 550 degrees F or as hot as your oven will go. Authentic New York pizzerias bake pizzas in ovens between 700-1,000 degrees F. If using a pizza stone, preheat it in the oven as well, setting it on the lowest shelf.
- When the dough has risen, flatten it out on a lightly floured surface.
- Roll or stretch out into a 12-inch circle, and place on a baking pan. If you are using a pizza stone, you may place it on a piece of parchment while preheating the stone in the oven.
- Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the dough. Sprinkle with oregano, mozzarella cheese, basil, Romano cheese, and red pepper flakes.
- Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bottom of the crust, is browned when you lift up the edge a little, and cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Cool for about 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
You may also want to use additional toppings for your pizza. Well-known suggestions include:
- 4 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese (for an extra cheese pizza)
- 2 to 4 ounces sliced pepperoni
- 8 ounces Italian sausage, casings removed, crumbled, and cooked
- 2 to 4 ounces sliced Genoa salami
- 1 medium-sized fresh bell pepper, cut into strips
- 1 large onion, sliced and lightly sautéed
- 1 can sliced mushrooms or mushroom stems and pieces, drained
- 1 can be sliced black olives, drained
- 2 to 4 ounces thickly sliced, diced ham
- 2 to 4 ounces sliced, cooked bacon, cut into pieces
- If you want to use more than one topping, you may want to cut down on the amount of each topping used.
- If you want to make your pizza more crispy, bake your pizza in the oven at its maximum temperature, usually ranging from 500 to 550 degrees F (260 to 290 degrees C). Bake the pizza for 9 to 12 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted and bubbly.