When we talk out-of-the box pizza, we’re not about to lay down newfangled topping ideas or totally avant-garde ways to make the perfectly crispy crust. In fact, we’re scrapping the current way you take your pizza altogether. Instead of devouring it by the slice day in and day out, get your fix in alternative ways. These riffs on our favorite pie pack all of that pizza flavor in a different kind of package:
1. When you’re watching the big game or having a gathering with friends, dip is the name of the game. Ultra-cheesy Supreme Pizza Dip (pictured above) has the works, with pepperoni, onions, bell peppers and a hearty tomato sauce to boot. It’s topped with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses that leave the oven melted and bubbly, and scooping it all up with a crusty baguette will immediately transport you to your local pizzeria.
Just this week your favorite Food Network chefs and stars came together for a mouthwatering hour dedicated to perhaps the ultimate in cheesy comfort food: pizza. As they highlighted their picks for the most-crave-worthy creations on Best. Pizza. Ever., FN Dish asked fans: When it comes to the top slices to savor, what’s your favorite? From tried-and-true pies with cheese and pepperoni to next-level creations, readers responded in droves on FN Dish and on Food Network’s Facebook, Google+ and Twitter pages with their selections for the best-of-the-best pizza near them. Even Ludacris, who lives in Atlanta, joined his hometown’s mayor, Kasim Reed, in taking to Twitter to show support for Atlanta’s Antico Pizza Napoletana, much beloved by Aarón Sánchez as well.
When it comes to tried-and-true eats and drinks, there’s good, maybe even great, and then there’s the best — those craveable, mouthwatering specialties worthy of an extra-special trip. These must-try plates are the subjects of the all-new series Best. Ever., premiering tonight at 10|9c, wherein host Ted Allen and your favorite Food Network chefs and stars are revealing their picks for the best-made pizza, burgers, barbecue and breakfast dishes from coast to coast.
Before you tune in tonight to see what pies the cast has chosen for its Best. Pizza. Ever. feature, FN Dish wants to know: What do you consider to be the best-ever pizza, and where do you eat it? Leave a comment below, tell us on Food Network’s Facebook page or Food Network’s Google+ page, or tweet @FoodNetwork using #BestPizzaEver to tell us your local restaurant picks and share your version of the ultimate pie. FN Dish will round up your answers and reveal your top selections on Thursday.
One of the busiest pizza nights of the year is — wait for it — the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving. It makes perfect sense: With most Americans prepping turkeys, chopping veggies and baking pies, who has time to make dinner? Fortunately, a hot and tasty meal is only a phone call, and sometimes just a delivery, away. Here are some of the best independent pizza spots across the country — no reservations required. Check out the full gallery to find the best pies near your Thanksgiving destination. Read more
What’s more comforting than a piping-hot cheese pizza? The key to Alton Brown’s Pizza Pizzas (from Good Eats) lies in his made-from-scratch crust. From there, store-bought sauce and grated cheeses reach bubbly perfection in the oven.
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When making this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, Alex’s Basic Pizza Dough, it’s best to use lukewarm water — as opposed to cold water — when dissolving the yeast, as it helps with activation. Alex lets the dough rise twice before rolling it and finishing it with toppings.
When it comes to comfort food, big bowls of mac and cheese, beef stew and lasagna are bound to come to mind. Now that it’s March, your idea of comfort could use a little update. This week, we’re thinking pizza — and not as a delivery backup plan. Whether you use store-bought dough or make your own, slice into cheesy homemade pizzas baked in your very own oven.
Before we completely ditch tried-and-true comfort food favorites, check out two mash-ups with a fun pizza spin. Instead of piling it all on crust, Creamy Pizza Macaroni and Cheese loads marinara sauce and heaps of cheese over classic elbow macaroni. You may call it a pizza “pie,” but Giada’s Pizza Pot Pies takes it to a whole new level, combining marinara, chicken and mozzarella under a pizza dough crust.
Start the day with Ree’s Breakfast Pizza. A wake-up call of freshly cracked eggs, hash browns and crispy bacon are even better with a golden pizza crust.
A friend of mine, Melanie Dunea, wrote a book called My Last Supper in which she asks chefs what they would want to eat for their last supper. I’ve often thought about what would be on my plate. I love fried chicken, Thanksgiving dinner, spaghetti and meatballs, my Grandma’s baked steak and gravy, and roast chicken and potatoes from this great little restaurant in Paris.
Gosh, my mouth is watering just thinking of all of those choices.
But ultimately, I think I’d go with the humble pizza pie. Not just any pizza, though. I’m not talking the run-of-the-mill, call up the delivery guy and it’s at my door in 30 minutes or less pizza. I’m talking true Neapolitan-style pie: thin, blistery crust that’s both chewy and crispy, just the right amount of fresh mozzarella, dotted like little islands in a sea of bright red tomato sauce, a sprinkle of salty Parmesan, a touch of fresh basil and a drizzle of the finest extra virgin olive oil.
While delivery pies may seem like the quickest dinner solution some nights, they don’t have to be. The trick to enjoying homemade pizza in a cinch is relying on frozen from-scratch pizza dough. By making a double batch of dough today and freezing half of it, you’ll have a ready-to-go dinner waiting for you the next time you’re craving a crispy slice. Just let the dough defrost, ladle on your favorite sauce, cheeses and toppings, then bake for a hassle-free supper. But before you can make pizzeria-style pies, you’ll need go-to crusts. If you’ve never made from-scratch pizza dough, know that it takes just a few ingredients, and most recipes require little to no kneading by hand. Check out Food Network’s top-five pizza dough recipes below for must-try ideas from Guy, Tyler, Bobby and more chefs.
5. Prime-Time Pizza Dough — Guy lets the mixer do most of the work for him in preparing this easy dough, made with everyday all-purpose flour, then baked for only a few minutes until golden-brown and deliciously crispy.
4. Pizza Dough — The secret to making Tyler’s five-star dough is opting for 00 flour — also named doppio zero in Italian. This extremely finely ground flour is often used to make breads and pizzas in Italy. Pick it up at specialty food shops, and watch how it transforms the texture of the pizza dough into a tender crust.