Thin crust pizza is exactly what it sounds like: pizza with very thin and flatten dough. The most popular types of thin crust style pizza are New York, New Haven and St. Louis.
Pizza is as nostalgic as ice cream sundaes, foot-long hot dogs, and warm apple pie.
We revel in its glory at every good birthday party, family gathering or buy-by-the-slice stand in every major city. Food trucks, pizzerias, and other restaurants offer up some of the finest slices to their eager customers.
Statistically, Americans eat around 6,000 slices of pizza throughout their lifetime!
How did we get so lucky to inherit such delicious fare here in the US? Well, in the 1800s our favorite comfort food was re-discovered (I’ll explain this shortly), trialed and perfected. Where, you ask? Why Italy, of course…our friends across the pond.
They decided to share this awesome creation with the world, and, as many Italians came to America during that time, they thankfully brought this delicious pie with them!
However, its roots go all the way back to the ancient Roman, Greek, and Persian empires. According to Pizza Facts, the records from those times depict various types of bread in round and flat shapes.
Though many European civilizations continued to use meals created in this fashion, the cooks from Italy became most interested in pizza. The, now coveted, tomato reached the New World in the 16th century. Italian nobility regarded this red, juicy fruit as a poor man’s food. The Italian pizza cooks from Naples eventually changed their minds. Pizza’s popularity grew, and pizza makers started to grow their businesses. In Naples, the first pizzeria opened, and after that, pizza was the new guy in town.
With every good slice of za, comes the perfect Artisan style crust. I’m not talking about a squishy, mushy crust that falls apart after the first bite. The perfect thin crust has a good balance of crunch and pliability, you know, for bending in half and really maximizing your pizza-eating experience. Thin crust, Neapolitan or N.Y. style crust; they are one and the same.
Thin crust is the perfect base for your homemade creation. It is easy to make at home with the right pizza stone and it doesn’t require a bunch of time to rise. Also, for those that are counting their carbs versus eating them (insert sarcasm), thin crust is a great compromise. If you’re interested in something even more health conscious, check out our Paleo pizza recipes. Nonetheless, thin-crust pizza has 5-10 fewer carbs per slice than regular or deep-dish pizza. I call that a win! Thin crust pizza is also a very forgiving dough because it doesn’t overpower the whole experience. You can use gluten-free flour or even cauliflower dough, and you don’t lose that flavor that we all have grown to love.
Creating the perfect homemade thin crust pizza is much easier than you might think. You do not need fancy equipment, a white chef’s hat, or even a wood-fired pizza oven.
For this recipe, all you really need is a food processor and a mixer!
A pizza stone and pizza peel would come in handy, but it’s not necessary to achieve the same results. The most important thing when making a homemade pizza is procuring the best ingredients you can find. I find this especially true when selecting a high-quality flour, and most importantly, the cheese. No two kinds of cheese are created equal. The best-tasting pizza will be adorned with freshly grated and shredded cheeses, which of course tastes better, melts better, and creates that quintessential “pull” when you bite into it.
Let’s get into the good stuff.
Pizza has been around for a very long time. It continues to enchant people all around the globe. Its original roots and basic recipes will last a lifetime, while new inventions and crazy food combinations atop these pies, will change with the times. You don’t need to leave home anymore to enjoy a slice of the good stuff. Pizza, in its simplest form, is a creation of love, patience, and lots of good cheese. Lots and lots of cheese. This base recipe will be your new go-to for all of your creations! Buon appetito!