This isn’t fast, it’s not convenient, it’s a laborious process that will leave any eater wanting more. I’ve been working on this dough recipe for over a month and I am happy with the results. My wife loves pizza so I set out to make a good one, she ate a few pieces and said, “I feel like this is Thanksgiving”. That’s what it’s all about for me. The dough recipe is inspired from an Emeril Lagasse recipe, I just added a few things to it and learned how to cook it the way I wanted.
-2 tsp. active dry yeast
-2 tbsp. honey
-1 tbsp. sugar
-1/4 cup warm water
-3 cups flour
-1 tsp. salt
-1 tbsp. cornmeal
-3/4 cup warm water
-1 flat chipotle chicken breast, shredded (click here for recipe)
-1/2 bunch cilantro, coarsely chopped
-1 roma tomato, coarsely chopped
-2 sprigs green onion, coarsely chopped
-Pepperjack cheese, shredded (no need for an amount here, do as much as you want……it’s cheese!!!)
In a small bowl mix together the yeast, honey, sugar, and warm water. Let rest. In a large bowl mix the flour, salt, and cornmeal together then add the water once the dry ingredients are mixed together. I did this all by hand because I do not have a dough mixer or a dough puller (I don’t have a fancy mixer to do this, if you have one then you’ll save some time). Once the water mixes in a little bit then add the yeast mixture slowly as you start to knead the mixture together with your hands. Stop kneading the mixture once you can see color of the dough become even across the entire concoction. Make into a ball and place a moist towel over the dough and let sit for 2 hours. After two hours split the dough in half and make two pizzas. Each pizza should be about a 1/4 inch thick.
Pre-heat your oven to 450F then take a baking sheet and dust with corn meal. Place the baking sheet in the oven and let sit for about 10 minutes then place one pizza on the baking sheet, brush some olive oil on top of the pizza dough then cook until you see the top of the dough starting to brown…..about 5-7 minutes. Then take away the baking sheet and place the dough directly on the oven rack and brush with olive oil again. Cook for about 3 minutes then take out the dough. Place your toppings on the pizza making sure you have the cheese on top then set the oven to broil and cook until the cheese starts to brown. Pull the pizza out of the oven, let rest for 5 minutes, cut and serve.
Like I said, this is not a quick process. I recommend you do this on the weekend but I make sure you will love this. My wife did!!