December 11, 2023


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Make a pizza Margherita like an Italian. This is how.

The Margherita is the undisputed heavyweight winner of pizza. It is the pizza that any pizza chef would buy to get the measure of a new pizzeria since there is very little to cover behind no snazzy flavors to mask the top quality of your elements, dough and talent with the oven. Here is Thom Elliot and James Elliot’s recipe from their new book, “Pizza.”

Pizza Margherita


Tends to make sufficient for 4 pizzas

— 1 x 14 ounce (400 grams) can of San Marzano (or any very good-high quality Italian) tomatoes

— a fantastic pinch of sea salt


In a massive bowl, crush the tomatoes by hand. (This is the outdated-school way they applied to do it in Naples, and for fantastic cause. If you put the tomatoes in a foods processor you stop up with a depressingly smooth sauce that lacks texture.) Once you have crushed the hell out of your tomatoes, incorporate a pinch of salt to flavor and that is it! Pure, unadulterated tomato goodness.


Tends to make 1 pizza

— 1 ball of Neapolitan pizza dough (see beneath)

— 3 ounces (80 grams) tomato sauce

— 4–5 fresh new basil leaves

— Parmesan, for grating

— 1 tablespoon olive oil

— 3 ounces (80 grams) fior di latte mozzarella, torn or sliced


1. Preheat the grill (broiler) to its absolute optimum location, and place a massive, ovenproof frying pan (skillet) over a significant warmth and enable it get screaming scorching.

2. Meanwhile, flatten and stretch the dough ball to make a 10-inch pizza foundation.

3. Lay the pizza base flat in the hot, dry frying pan, then, employing a smaller ladle (or a significant spoon), spoon the tomato sauce onto the middle of the pizza. Working with the back of the ladle, make concentric circles to spread the sauce, beginning in the middle and ending 1ˆin from the edge.

4. Future, sprinkle over the basil (it will burn if place on past). Grate above a minimal Parmesan and drizzle with the olive oil.

5. When the foundation of the pizza has browned, about 1–2 minutes, include your mozzarella, then spot the frying pan beneath the grill on the maximum shelf.

6. When the crust has taken on some colour, about 1–2 minutes, the pizza is prepared!

Making Neapolitan Pizza Dough:

With the expertise of each and every ingredient and the vital roles they enjoy, we can now make Neapolitan pizza dough.

Suggestion: Weigh out all your elements right before you start off.


— 35 ounces (1000 grams) ‘00’ flour (Caputo ‘blue’ is suggest)

— 2/3 tablespoon (2 grams) fresh yeast

— 21 fluid ounces (620 milliliters) tepid h2o

— 1 ounce (30 grams) fine sea salt


1. Make a mountain of flour in the center of the desk. Employing your fist, make a deep well in the middle of the flour, exposing the area of the desk (turning your mountain into a moon crater).

2. Crumble the yeast into the tepid h2o. Use your excellent hand to mash up the yeast in the water until finally it has dissolved. (Maintain the other hand dry for having Instagram pictures to present off to your pals.) Fill your crater of flour with a 3rd of the yeast/water mix. Applying your fingertips, get started generating quite tiny round motions to incorporate the flour and drinking water.

3. Begin dragging in some a lot more flour to the mix, by ‘undercutting’ the partitions of the crater with your fingertips. As you do this the combination in the center will come to be thicker. As soon as it reaches the consistency of porridge you have to have to include a little bit far more water. Really do not permit it get also thick if it begins to form a dough as well shortly it turns into difficult to incorporate the rest of the h2o. Retain dragging in a little flour to thicken the combine, then pouring a very little little bit extra water in to loosen it, right up until you have all the water utilized up.

4. Sprinkle the sea salt about the mixture even though it is still pretty wet to be certain it dissolves and disperses evenly throughout the dough. Now use both of those palms to push the remaining flour from the outdoors into the center. Fold and press the blend till all the flour is absorbed and a dough arrives collectively. If you have a dough scraper it truly assists get anything off the desk, but you can improvise with a paint scraper, spatula or knife.

5. Perform the gluten by kneading the dough. Use the heel of your hand to stretch out the dough and roll it back again up, even though the other hand acts like an anchor. You are going to be equipped to see the strands of gluten stretching, breaking, becoming place again collectively and getting more robust. Continue this for about 8 minutes until eventually the dough will become smooth and shiny. It should really also sense tighter and elastic.

6. Let the dough have a 10-minute rest to chill out the gluten. Protect the dough with a damp fabric or some clingfilm (plastic wrap) to keep the air from drying it out. Then divide your bulk of dough into personal parts. We advocate 230g (8oz) dough balls for 10-inch pizzas. Make certain your dough balls are neatly formed – pinched at the bottom and restricted on the major – then put them in a tray or container 3cm (1in) apart. Address with a restricted lid or clingfilm (plastic wrap).

7. Now you can take it easy. The yeast will consider above from in this article. Go away the dough at place temperature for approximately 6 hours until it expands to almost double its dimension, then store in the fridge right away. The subsequent working day clear away the dough from the fridge for 1–2 several hours and provide it again to area temperature ahead of earning your pizzas.

Recipe excerpted with authorization from “Pizza” by Thom Elliot and James Elliot, printed by Quadrille in November 2020.