THIN CRUST PIZZA
grimaldi’s is one of our favorite pizza places. the crust is thin the sauce is simple and the cheese is fresh. everything about their pizza is delicious. this is another one of those places we went to 11 years ago when we lived in phoenix. their scottsdale location was 10 minutes from our house. grimaldis started in brooklyn. i havent actually eaten at the one in dumbo. when we walked by the line was so long and i thought not worth waiting when ive got one back home 5 minutes away. ivan is really really good at recreating recipes. his grandma’s even better. leave it up to him to put together a recipe that i think tastes identical to grimaldis. the kids love to get involved with dinner prep and this recipe is perfect for just that.
1 tsp. active dry yeast
1/4 c. warm water
1 c. cold water
1 tsp. salt
3 c. flour (king arthur)
1 package fresh mozzarella thinly sliced
1/2 c. crushed tomatoes (i prefer pomi or cento brand)
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
6 leaves fresh basil
place yeast into warm water, let stand for 5 minutes. add salt and cold water then stir in flour a cup at a time. knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth usually takes around 10 minutes. cut into two pieces and form into a ball. place dough in a sealed container and place in refrigerator over night. do not skip this part. the dough will rise so make sure you leave room to grow.
remove dough and sprinkle with flour and stretch until it is around 12-15 inches (the thinner the better).
preheat the oven to 550 F. place the dough on a pizza stone that has been dusted with flour. add sauce + slices of mozzarella. sprinkle black pepper and oregano, place basil leaves on the pizza and drizzle with olive oil. we like to add pepperonis, you can add whatever toppings you like. bake in oven for 5-7 minutes (the oven will be very hot so it cooks very quickly) or until crust is brown. enjoy.