Need to feed a crowd, aka the family? Have a bunch of hungry teenagers? Pan Pizza to the rescue!
I love a good thin crust pizza but sometimes you just need a nice thick piece of pizza. And sometimes you need to feed a lot of hungry people. When that happens, and especially when they both happen at the same time, pan pizza is the best solution.
One of the things I love most about pan pizza, besides the sheer size of it, is that because of it’s size, you can easily cater to different pizza topping tastes. There is plenty of room to reserve some of the pizza for the puriest, the cheese only lovers (like me) and you’ve still got plenty of pizza real estate left over for the meat lovers (like my husband). Everybody is happy.
This pizza starts with a yeast dough. Let the dough rise once in a bowl and then roll it out on your counter. Place the rolled out dough onto a large baking sheet that has a nice heavy coating of olive oil on it. This makes for a tasty, crisp crust. Cover the dough and let it rise one more time for about 15 minutes.
The dough is baked three different times, once with just a dusting on parmesan cheese on the dough, then once covered in sauce and then again once the toppings and cheese have been put on. The par baking helps prevent the crust from getting soggy.
You get a pizza with a nice crisp but chewy crust as a result.
Cut the pizza up into square pieces and dig in! I shared this with some of the teenage boys in my neighbor and they loved it!