Dinner in the Round

Skip the delivery—we have five great-tasting pizza pies using just one super-simple crust recipe.

Basic Pizza Dough

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Basic Pizza Dough

Follow these smart tips for the best pizzeria flavor at home.

  1. Check the label on the yeast (yes, it expires) and use warm water (about 110°). Cool water means a longer rising time, while hot water may kill the yeast.
  2. Make dough the day before for extra flavor and texture. Wrap and store in the refrigerator, or freeze up to three months. Thaw all day in the refrigerator, or at room temperature 30 minutes to an hour.
  3. Don't over-roll the dough. For a chewy, tender crust, gently roll or press the crust into shape with the tips of your fingers.
  4. Brush the edges of the crust with olive oil before baking for a little flavor and a beautiful golden color.
  5. Use a pizza stone for a crispy crust. Preheated in an oven, pizza stones help cook the bottom of the crust while the top gets hot and bubbly. If you don't have a pizza stone, cook pizza on a low rack, rather than the center.
  6. Buy a pizza peel. When dusted with flour, semolina flour, or cornmeal, these large wooden paddles make sliding pizza on and off a pizza stone a breeze.

Caramelized Onion, Prosciutto, and Arugula Pizza

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Caramelized Onion, Prosciutto, and Arugula Pizza

Blue cheese, walnuts, arugula, prosciutto, and dried figs make for a delicious smörgåsbord of flavors.

Grilled Tomato-Basil Pizzettes

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Grilled Tomato-Basil Pizzettes

These mini Caprese-style pizzas get their great flavor from spending time on the grill—no sauce necessary!

Mardi Gras Pizza

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Mardi Gras Pizza

This recipe brings the taste of New Orleans right to your kitchen with shrimp and Andouille sausage in every bite.

Three Cheese-and-Spinach Pizza

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Three Cheese-and-Spinach Pizza

Cooking the spinach with leek and garlic gives it an enormous amount of flavor and a great wilted texture.

Thai Chicken Pizza

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Thai Chicken Pizza

Peanut butter is the secret ingredient for this Thai spin on an Italian classic.

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