Pizza is one of the greatest foods on the planet. From the crust to the sauce, to the types of cheese and, of course, the toppings, you have a great deal of flexibility in how you make it. However, all of these choices still run into one necessary feature that every pizza requires: heat to cook it with. This article is all about cooking advice for pizzas but is intended to help you figure out how to bring your perfect pie to a safe and edible state with only electric appliances – which, according to thiselectrichome.com, offer many advantages over gas appliances.
1. Dial It In/Internet Connection
The easiest way to cook a pizza is to have someone else do it for you and most computers and cell phones need electricity to charge. Obviously this is cheating but its still just as valid if you are craving pizza and don’t feel like cooking.
This is the obvious answer when it comes to baking a pizza. Just follow the recipe, preheat your oven, open the door, slide the pie inside, and let it cook in your oven for as long as the recipe or box says.
3. Toaster Oven
Make sure to double-check the diameter of your pie and compare it to the maximum width of your toaster oven. The good news with a pizza oven is that it is a compact means of cooking your food and is significantly easier to move than an oven is. Simply follow the directions on the back of your pizza box or the recipe and double-check that the toaster oven can approach those temperatures. In a pinch, you might have to let the pie cook a bit longer if its temperature ceiling is 25 degrees short of the goal.
If you lack a functional oven or toaster oven, consider using a stovetop. A stovetop is a perfectly viable approach for cooking pizza, so long as you can keep your focus on the pie.
- Begin with a pan, ideally a seasoned cast iron skillet.
- Drizzle 2-3 tbsp of your favorite cooking oil onto the pan and set it down on medium heat.
- Stretch your fresh pizza dough to the lip of the pan and make sure that all of your components are ready.
- Place the dough within the pan and give it 3 minutes to cook. You want a nicely browned bottom crust.
- Flip the dough over and swiftly add your sauce, cheese, and toppings.
- Allow the pie to cook between 3 and 4 minutes. Make sure to cover it up if you need to as the goal is an even cook and thoroughly melted cheese.
- Take it off the heat, give it a few minutes to cool and then pull out the pizza cutter.
- Slice up the pie into however many slices you like and serve.
One benefit of using a cast-iron skillet to make your pizza is that the seasoning transfers to the crust and gives it a unique flavor you just do not get if you resort to an oven.
Grilled pizza can be a gamble but it is not impossible. Be mindful that soft dough can slip through the grates and lead to flare-ups. You can also wind up burning the pie instead of cooking it. If you are willing to show patience and dedication, it is quite possible to cook a good pizza on a grill. One piece of advice is to get a pizza grill pan. This device will keep our dough intact until it can firm up with cooking. Next level thinkers will get two pans and use the second one to sandwich the raw dough for easier flipping.
- Heat the gas to 600 degrees Fahrenheit or use charcoal and get everything lit and burning evenly.
- Stretch and roll the dough and then line both sides with oil.
- Place the dough on the grill, within a pan if you got one, and give it 3 minutes of cooking time before you close the lid. You want to check for charring.
- Flip your dough and immediately add the sauce, cheese, and toppings. Time is precious!.
- Close the grill and cook for 3 minutes.
- Check to see if the pie is done. If not, give it 90 seconds and check again.
Note, a microwave is NOT the option to choose if you are looking to cook a pizza from scratch. There is no way you are going to get the thing hot enough to properly cook every component and have a hard crust. A microwave is only viable for cooking a pizza if that pizza came out of the freezer first. That said, there is nothing to stop you from upping the ingredients a bit with some fresh herbs. Just add a bit on top of whatever is already on the pie, pop it into the microwave and set it to whatever it says on the box or you feel comfortable with if you happen to be just reheating some cold slices.
Note: Pizza is actually improved when it is cold due to the nature of tomato sauce. If your pie has a tomato base for its sauce, chances are good that you will enjoy those leftover slices nearly as much as you will by heating them up.
7. Deep Fryer
Yes, it is possible to make a pizza with a deep fryer but it is not going to be the shape you expect.
- Preheat the oil to 365 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Roll your dough and cut it in half. Spread half of the size sauce over half of each side of the dough. Add the cheese and toppings. Apply a thin line of water to the edge of the dough and fold each end over itself and give it a press to seal it.
- Check your oil and add the “pizza pockets.” Cook them for 2 minutes, flip them over and cook for one more minute.
- Transfer the pizza pockets to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
- Transfer drained pizza pockets to serving plates. Garnish with your remaining sauce, parmesan cheese, and fresh basil.
Just because you lack a typical oven to cook your pizza, that does not mean that a freshly cooked pizza is beyond your grasp. Chances are good that you have at least one way to cook pizza, given the sheer number of electrical appliances found in kitchens.