How to Make Neapolitan-Style Pizza

How to Make Neapolitan-Style Pizza
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How to Make Neapolitan-Style Pizza

Fantastic pizza is easy to make at home. Here, a step-by-step guide to making perfect, thin-crust, Neapolitan-style pizza.

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Step 1: Shape the Dough

“Flour, salt, water and yeast—that’s it,” says chef Thomas McNaughton about this super-simple dough recipe, the same one he uses to make his amazing restaurant pies.

After the first rise and an overnight rest, punch down the pizza dough and portion it into 5 equal pieces. Shape each portion into a ball.

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Step 2: Let Rise

Transfer the dough balls to lightly floured baking sheets, making sure to leave plenty of space between them. Wrap securely.

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Step 3: Proof Fully

When the dough balls have more than doubled in size and then rested overnight again, they are ready to be formed into pizzas.

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Step 4: Form Rounds

Set a pizza stone in the top third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 500°. for at least 45 minutes. Meanwhile, removed the proofed dough balls from the refrigerator and let them stand for 20 minutes.
Working on a well-floured surface and using your fingers, press and stretch a dough ball out to a 10-inch round, working from the center of the ball toward the edge; avoid pressing on the outermost edge.

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Step 5: Transfer Rounds

Move the dough round to a lightly floured peel before adding any toppings (it isn't easy to move once the toppings are on).

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Step 6: Add Toppings and Bake

Top the pizza with sauce, cheese, herbs or any ingredients you choose, making sure to leave a 1-inch border around the edge. Remember that less is more, especially with sauce.

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Step 7: Bake the Pizza

Turn the oven to broil for 5 minutes, then return it to 500°. Bake until the bottom is lightly charred; 6 minutes for a chewier crust, 8 minutes for a crispier one.

Oven Tip: Set your oven to the highest temperature possible. If you have a convection feature, use it to circulate the hot air around the pizza.

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By Daniel Gritzer

Make perfect, thin-crust, Neapolitan-style pizza at home by following this step-by-step guide.

Check out the slideshow above to learn the seven easy steps!

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