New York Style Pizza Crust Recipe

What’s a Southern mama know about good pizza crust? Not much until I married a Jersey boy who dearly misses “real” pizza. The chains and local places around here just don’t cut it for him. It’s the equivalent of trying to find good BBQ or a homemade buttermilk biscuit in New England. Being the awesome wife that I am, I’ve tried to duplicate the crust he so dearly misses, and considering I won’t be installing a brick oven anytime soon, this recipe comes pretty close. The key is refrigerating the dough overnight then bringing it up to room temperature over the course of the next day. I’ve been making this crust for so long I don’t remember where I got the recipe. It’s one of Hub’s favorites.

Ingredients (yields one large regular crust or two small thin crusts)
1 package instant dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1/2T sugar
3 cups bread flour
2T olive oil
1 1/2t salt

Combine the water, yeast, sugar, and 1/2 of the flour. Stir well and allow to sit for 20 minutes until bubbly. It should look something like this:.

Next add olive oil, salt and 2 cups of the flour and stir together until a slightly wet dough forms. Turn onto floured surface and knead at least 10 minutes adding the remaining 1/2 cup of flour as you go. Form the dough into a ball and place in a large bowl sprayed with cooking spray. Spray the top of the dough as well.

Cover bowl with a kitchen towel and place in a warm place until dough doubles in size (about two hours).

Give the dough a punch (so fun! :) ), divide into two balls (for thin crust) and refrigerate overnight.
The following day remove dough from refrigerator and allow it several hours to warm to room temperature before handling.
Spread the sticky dough onto an ungreased pizza stone or cookie sheet. It’s very stretchy and to get it as thin as Hubs likes it, it never turns out “pretty.” Thankfully it tastes great.

Top as desired then bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

One of my favorite ways to top this pizza is to beat together 8oz fresh mozzarella, 8 oz shredded cheddar, 1/2 cup ricotta cheese, and 1/4 Parmesan cheese. Spread the mixture over the pizza sauce and top with toppings.

It’s the perfect meal for those lazy nights when you just want to eat in front of the TV ( and forget it!

My quest for the perfect pizza crust is always evolving. My next experiment will be to find some water bottled in the New York/New Jersey area and use it in the crust recipe… unless any Jersey girls out there want to FedEx me some of your water? :)

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  1. Looks good Jenn!! We just discovered Alphonso’s pizza after living here in Decatur for 22 years! I am more of a thin crust gal myself and I love the Chef’s special at Alphonso’s. One of our friends is Italian( born in Italy, raised in NYC ) and he assures us that REAL pizza has thin crust! Of course, my favorite pizza is still Everybodys Pizza on Emory Square in Atlanta…homemade crust piled high the veggies and pepperoni! Oh…I am getting hungry, better quit thinking about pizza.

  2. Homemade crust is always so much better…but I guess that goes for everything!

  3. This looks delish! I will for sure try it!

  4. Oh yea will def have to make this, looks so good! Luv NY style crust!

  5. I have been making homemade pizza too and my family LOVES it! I will have to try your recipe too!

  6. I’e never made my own, looks good!

  7. We love homemade pizza, too, but I have been wanting a thin crust recipe. Will try yours as soon as I finish off the three bags of frozen homemade dough in my freezer. (Sounds like a perfect excuse to throw a party!)

  8. That looks so good! Maybe I can make it this Saturday night. hmmmmm.

  9. I always buy bakery dough… shame on me calling myself a foodie & all. I will try your recipe next time I make a grilled pizza, so I can redeem myself.
    :scurries away in shame:

  10. That looks good!

  11. I always mess up my pizza crust when I make it from scratch.

  12. I love homemade crust! This look absolutely delish!

  13. I’ve never done homemade crust but it looks yummy!

  14. That looks sooooo good! I bet you could even grind your own flour ;). Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  15. Looks really good!

  16. I’ve been looking for a pizza crust recipe, thanks.

  17. Good thing you are offering up the recipe ’cause after looking at that picture, I NEED to have it!

  18. I don’t do it near often enough but I love home made pizza crust. I will definitely be trying this one.

  19. I love me some NY Pizza. Good thing I live in NY. 😛

  20. Yum I’m craving some pizza now!

  21. I love pizza!! This sounds delicious!

  22. This looks like a good recipe. I will have to try it. I haven’t had good success with home – made – I usually use Pillsbury!

  23. Now I need to have some pizza stat. That looks amazing!

  24. That crust looks amazing!

  25. Great recipe and the pizza look delicious!

  26. I prefer a thicker crust but the pizza looks yummy!

  27. Doesn’t look too difficult, I might have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  28. I LOVE New York pizza! I am going to have to give this recipe a try. :)

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