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Pepperoni is probably the most classic and ordered pizza in this world. Today, Pizzello will teach you how to make it at home with our Pizzello wood fired pizza oven.

Two Alternatives for a Crunchy Crust

Use a pizza stone: This is actually the prefered method for us to do so. You need a pizza stone and a pizza peel (the thing you use to slide the pizza onto the stone, which is involved in the standard package of our products). However, if you have these two things, you can operate a pizza restaurant in your kitchen! After getting the hang of it, this is a solid, low-stress method. I enjoy how the pizza becomes a bit more freeform, and how the crust may be made quite thin. On a hot stone, a big pizza takes 12 to 14 minutes to cook.

Another tip for a delicious crust is a very hot oven.

When you order a very nice pizza from a brick oven pizza business, the ovens are VERY HOT – much hotter than a home oven could ever achieve. However, the rule still holds that the hotter the oven, the crispier and tastier the crust.

Therefore, preheat your oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit or even 550 degrees Fahrenheit if it can take higher temperatures. If you are using a pizza stone, allow it to warm for 20 minutes so that it is also very hot. Our Pizzello pizza oven can reach up to 752℉, which can help you get your crispy crust at home.

The Key to the Best Pepperoni Taste

There are so many varieties of pepperoni available in stores today, and you may use any of them on pizza. For my money, however, I prefer pepperoni that has been finely sliced and cut into small pieces so that the surface is well charred. Using thicker pepperoni slices will result in a chewier texture. It's a matter of preference!

I find it lame when a pepperoni pizza has, say, five pepperonis on it. But if you add an excessive amount of pepperoni, the pizza becomes a greasy mess.

So, what then? Add a layer of pepperoni cut into little pieces under the cheese and sauce!

How to Best Reheat Leftover Pizza

Please, please refrain from microwaving pizza! Eat it cold before heating it in the microwave. When heated in a microwave, the crust becomes a soggy mess.

The best way to reheat pizza is in a cast-iron skillet or comparable vessel. Add a drizzle of oil over moderate heat, followed by the pizza. Then, cover the skillet and cook the pizza for three to four minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the dough has become crisp again.

Homemade Pepperoni Pizza

PREP TIME10 mins
COOK TIME15 mins
TOTAL TIME25 mins
SERVINGS8 servings
YIELD1 pizza

To make this even easier, skip the homemade sauce and use your favorite jarred pizza sauce instead.

Ingredients

16 ounces pizza dough, store-bought or homemade (I like this no-knead version, though note that this recipe makes enough dough for 2 pizzas)
1/2 cup pizza sauce (see below)
18 to 20 slices pepperoni
12 ounces mozzarella cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh oregano, optional
Flour for rolling and shaping dough
For the Quick Pizza Sauce:
1/2 cup tomato sauce (no salt)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon granulated onion
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon olive oil


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