Our Best Pizza Dough

Everyone knows that the secret to amazing pizza is in the crust! This dough produces crisp, flavorful crusts every time.

 

This recipe goes with Coppa, Ricotta, and Arugula Pizza, Bianca Pizza, Margherita Pizza

Yield: Serves 6
Total:
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Recipe Time

Total: 3 Hours

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 426
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Protein: 9g
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrate: 64g
  • Fiber: 2.6g
  • Sodium: 584mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg

Ingredients

  • 1 package (2 1/4 tsp.) active dry yeast
  • About 6 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Preparation

  1. 1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir yeast into 1 1/2 cups warm water (100° to 110°). Let stand until yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup oil, the flour, and salt. Mix with dough hook on low speed to blend, then mix on medium speed until dough is very smooth and stretchy, 8 to 10 minutes. Dough will feel tacky.
  2. 2. Cover dough and let rise at room temperature until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours.
  3. 3. Punch down dough and let rise again until doubled, 30 to 45 minutes. Meanwhile, cut 6 pieces of parchment paper, each about 12 in. long. Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for medium heat (about 350°; you can hold your hand 5 in. above cooking grate only about 7 seconds).
  4. 4. Turn dough out onto a work surface and cut into 6 portions. For each pizza, lay a sheet of parchment on work surface and rub with 1 tsp. oil. Using well-oiled hands, put each dough portion on a parchment sheet. Flatten dough portions, then pat into 9- to 10-in. rounds. If dough starts to shrink, let rest 5 minutes, then pat out again. Let dough stand until puffy, about 15 minutes.
  5. 5. Flip a round of dough onto grill, dough side down. Peel off parchment. Put 1 or 2 more dough rounds on grill. Cook, covered, until dough has puffed and grill marks appear underneath, about 3 minutes. Transfer rounds, grilled side up, to baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough. (Grilled rounds can stand at room temperature up to 2 hours; reheat grill to continue.)
  6. 6. Arrange your choice of pizza toppings (below) on grilled sides of dough. With a wide spatula, return pizzas, 2 or 3 at a time, to grill and cook, covered, until browned and crisp underneath, rotating pizzas once for even cooking, 4 to 6 minutes.
  7. Make ahead: Complete dough through step 1, then chill, covered, at least 3 hours and up to 2 days (dough will double in size, and flavor will develop as it stands).
  8. Note: Nutritional analysis is for crust per serving.
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