Once you’ve gathered your tools and decided on your dough type and toppings, it’s time to get cooking. Make sure you have a game plan before getting started. If you choose a Neapolitan or New York-style dough, it’s important to allow enough time for the dough to ferment. If you’re looking for a homemade pizza that you can enjoy on the same day that you make your dough, Sicilian is probably going to be your best bet.
After preparing your dough, look up instructions on how to cook the pizza dough, as this will vary depending on the type you have chosen. You will need a quality food thermometer to ensure that your dough is cooked to between 200 and 210 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once you’ve finished cooking the dough, it’s time to dress up your pizza. Layer on the sauce of your liking and sprinkle your cheese on top. Follow this up with your desired toppings and load up as many as you want. Try to keep everything in an even layer to ensure an even cook.
When your pizza is dressed to perfection, it’s time for the final cook. You won’t need to cook the pizza for long, but it’s important to look up the proper cooking time depending on the toppings you have chosen. Different toppings will require different cooking times.
As with any meal, you should always ensure food is served at a safe internal temperature. We recommend always keeping a food thermometer nearby to check that both the pizza dough and your toppings (if using raw meats) are safely cooked.