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Basic Pizza Dough

Prep Time:1 1/2 Hours
Cook Time:15 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Pizza dough isn't as hard to make as you think. Once you learn to make your own dough, you will never go back!


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water, more if needed, approx 100 º F
  • 1/2 ounce yeast
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons salad or vegetable oil
  • cornmeal, as needed


  • 1. With a dough hook attachment combine warm water, yeast, salt and salad oil. Mix to dissolve yeast and salt, and allow to set for 2 minutes.
  • 2. Add flour and mix on speed 1 to incorporate ingredients. Increase speed and slowly add remaining flour as needed. Turn dough out and portion equally. Cover with a damp clean towel and store at room temperature until doubled in size.
  • 3. For a pizza: Roll out to desired size using flour and once ready transfer to a baking stone or a pizza pan with PLENTY of cornmeal. Cook using indirect heat at 400º until crisp. (If making pizza skins, cook each side using direct heat and a cast iron grate preheated to 400º F until grill marks appear. Top with desired toppings and return to the grill to melt cheeses)
  • 4. For a calzone:  Divide the dough into 2 ounce portions.  Roll out into an even, thin, oblong.  On the bottom 2/3 of the dough fill with desired toppings, allowing a 1/4″  of room on the bottom and both sides.  Fold the top over to meet the bottom, press all sides together and fold the excess dough over onto itself in a rolling motion creating a crust.  Cut a slit in the top to allow steam to escape and brush the top and sides with butter.  Bake using indirect heat at 350º F until golden and baked throughout.  Let cool slightly before serving.

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Variation for Grilling Symposium 12/27, 12/29, 12/30: Cured meats from Smoking Goose used were, Dodge City Salami, Prosciutto, Rossa.
12-30-2014 at 07:36 PM

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