Make a thin crust pizza in your very own oven at home! Hand stretch the dough, layer toppings lightly, and follow these easy steps to a thin crust crunchy perfection! Not only is it fast, you will become famous among your friends and relatives as an amazing pizza chef demi-god.
Step 1: Preheat oven to 550, place rack in highest position
Put rack in highest position, this is important.
Put temp as high as it will go, 550 is common.
Some ovens only go to 450 and don't work as well.
Your smoke alarm may go off in ten minutes, even with no smoke. That is a good sign meaning your over is hot enough!
Step 2: Oil your pan or cookie sheet
In a previous life my pizza pan was a carrot n celery party tray with the ranch dip in the center. I've been using it about ten years and it is nice and thin and was free. A cookie sheet will work, too, use a thin cheap one, the thinner the better.
Add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and spread is around evenly with your fingers, or use a wad of paper towel, or a pastry brush for the kitchen gadget inclined.
Step 3: Dust dough ball with flour. Use medium dough ball for a large pizza
Dust dough ball with flour. Dust both sides.
Don't pinch the ball. Use a small or medium dough ball for a large pizza.
I buy my dough balls from the pizzaria nearby. But once I tried to buy a doughball from a new pizza place and the owner got really mad and kicked me out of the restaurant. I think he thought I was a cheapskate and cutting into his business.
You can make your own dough
, that's fine too.
Pizzarias seem to have med, large, and extra large pizzas. Buy the smallest doughball, you will stretch it thin even for an extra large pizza.
Step 4: Pinch a ring around the dough ball
Pinch a ring around the dough ball with your finger tips. This helps your dough ball decide to stay round as you stretch it.
Step 5: Stretch dough ball over your fists
Stretch dough ball over your fists. Punch up a few times and allow gravity to stretch the dough.