New York Ninja Pizza

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— Chef's Note —

"Ahhh, ninja that vanish quickly without trace!" - Michelangelo

The refrigeration step is optional, but can allow the dough to develop more flavor so long as you don't let it dry out. If you're feeling brave, try some of Michelangelo's topping suggestions (pepperoni and marshmallows, banana and anchovies, pepperoni and pickles, or chocolate chips).

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How to Make Ninja Pizza

— Ingredients —

Pizza Dough
Pizza Dough
(see below)
Pizza Sauce
Pizza Sauce
(see below)
Cheese and desired toppings
Cheese and desired toppings
(for dusting)

— Instructions —

  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F (246 degrees C).
  2. For each ball: place the dough on a pizza pan that has been dusted with cornmeal (or flour).
  3. Shape the dough into a thin, flattened disc with your hands. Use your fingers or the palm of your hand to press the dough, leaving a raised outside edge.
  4. Using a spoon, spread sauce on dough, leaving at least a one-inch border.
  5. Add toppings and cheese somewhat quickly so the dough does not stick to the pan. (If you want marshmallows, add them after the pizza comes out of the oven.)
  6. Bake 10-15 minutes.

How to Make Pizza Dough

— Ingredients —

3 cups flour
1 cup water
1.5 tsp salt
1.5 tsp sugar
olive oil
1 tbsp olive oil
(plus extra for pre-refrigeration)
active dry yeast
1 packet (1/4 oz.) active dry yeast

— Instructions —

  1. Add yeast and water to a large bowl.
  2. Let sit until bubbly (about 5 minutes).
  3. Blend in salt and 1 tablespoon oil. Optional: blend in sugar.
  4. Gradually blend in flour. If too sticky, add more flour.
  5. Knead dough on a floured surface until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes).
  6. Shape dough into a ball, cover with a towel, and leave in a floured bowl or on a floured surface until it has doubled in size (about 1 hour).
  7. Split dough into two balls of equal size.
  8. Wipe each ball with extra oil, and place in sealed container. Refrigerate for at least 12 hours and up to four days. This cold fermentation step is optional, but makes the dough taste good.
  9. If the previous step was followed, remove from fridge and warm to room temperature (about 1-3 hours) prior to using dough for pizza. This is another optional step, but makes the dough easier to stretch.

How to Make Pizza Sauce

— Ingredients —

1 28 oz. can tomatoes
(whole, peeled)
garlic clove
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp oregano

— Instructions —

  1. Mix all ingredients in a blender until a smooth sauce forms.
  2. Spoon mixture into a large skillet.
  3. Cook over low heat for 30 minutes (do not boil).

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