Truth: I love pizza.
I also like making it at home. What I don’t like is messing with complicated recipes and having to involve yeast (I like to save all my yeast for my beer, thank-you-very-much), waiting for dough to rise and pre-baking, etc.
In searching for a way around these issues, I stumbled across a fast and simple beer pizza crust recipe that I’ve been trying out, and thought I would pass it along.
The ingredient list is quite concise:
-3 cups flour
-1 tablespoon baking powder
-Salt to taste
-12 oz. beer
-Olive oil to lightly coat dough
Method: Combine and mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Add beer. Mix. Dough will be sticky, so sprinkle liberally with flour to allow handling.
I spray a cookie sheet with no-stick spray, then plop the dough ball down and spread it to the corners. Once the dough is spread, coat with a light layer of olive oil.
No you’re ready to top with sauce, cheese and fixin’s.
Bake at 450 for 10-15 minutes, depending how crisp you want the cheese/crust.
The pizza pictured above I made with a bottle of Green Flash Double Stout, mozzarella, ham, bacon and pepperoni. I’ve made the crust with a chili pepper porter that imparted a great spiciness and with an IPA — although I have to admit that gave the crust a slightly antiseptic taste. On second thought, I’d probably steer clear of overly hoppy beers.
Hope you might find this recipe helpful. On a separate-but-related note, there’s a great local resource out there if you’re looking for other fun beer/food combos. Check out the Oklahoma-based Ales Kitchen blog, where I got a great beer-brined turkey recipe last Thanksgiving-time.
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