Attention all wine lovers and pizza enthusiasts! Are you looking to spice up your next wine tasting experience? Look no further than this pizza recipe, specifically designed to be the perfect pairing for any type of wine.
As a sommelier, I understand the importance of finding the perfect food pairing to complement the flavors of a good wine. And what better way to do so than with a delicious homemade pizza?
Whether you prefer red or white wines, this thin crust pizza recipe can be customized to fit any taste preference. With fresh ingredients and endless topping variations, the possibilities for wine and pizza pairings are truly endless.
So grab some friends, pop open a bottle of your favorite wine, and whip up a homemade pizza that’s sure to impress even the toughest critics. Don’t miss out on this perfect opportunity for a fun and enjoyable night in.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you a wine lover searching for the perfect pairing to go with your favorite vino? Look no further than this pizza recipe! Not only is it deliciously satisfying, but it’s also the ideal complement to a wide variety of red and white wines.
The thin crust is crisp and airy, providing the perfect base for the robust flavors of tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella, and a sprinkle of black pepper. Looking for something sweeter? Try adding blueberries or cherries on top, along with a dollop of rich mascarpone cheese.
Whether you prefer a classic Margherita pizza or spicier pepperoni, this recipe has got you covered. Not only does it taste fantastic, but it’s also easy to make at home, so you can enjoy the perfect pairing any night of the week.
So next time you’re planning a wine tasting or hosting friends and family for dinner, impress them with this flavorful pizza recipe. Your taste buds – and your guests – will thank you!
Here is a breakdown of the ingredients you’ll need to make this delicious pizza for your next wine tasting party:
For the dough:
- 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ cup lukewarm water
For the toppings:
- ½ cup tomato sauce
- 4 oz buffalo mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 3 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
- Black pepper to taste
- Fresh blueberries
- Fresh cherries
This thin pizza crust recipe makes enough dough for three pizzas, so you can adjust the quantity of toppings according to your preference.
To elevate the pizza-wine pairing experience, I recommend choosing high-quality ingredients. Remember that the better your ingredients are, the better your pizza will taste.
The Recipe How-To
Step 1: Making the Pizza Dough
To start this pizza recipe, you will need to make the perfect pizza dough. The dough is the foundation of any successful pizza, so it’s important to get it right. You can either use homemade dough or store-bought one.
If you are making homemade dough, mix 3 cups of all-purpose flour with 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt in a large mixing bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine 1 ½ cups of warm water with a packet of yeast (or two teaspoons), and let it rest for about five minutes.
Pour the yeast mixture into the mixing bowl and combine until a uniform ball is formed. Then, knead the dough by hand for about five minutes or until it becomes smooth and elastic.
Place your dough in an oiled bowl, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm place for at least an hour.
Step 2: Prepping Your Toppings
The toppings are key components to making the perfect pizza. Some popular options include tomatoes sauce, buffalo mozzarella cheese, black pepper, olive oil or even mascarpone cheese if you’re making a white pizza.
Choose your favorite toppings and have them ready prepared. For example, cut slices of buffalo mozzarella cheese or mix black pepper with olive oil on a small plate.
Step 3: Assembling the Pizza
Preheat your oven to 500°F (260°C). While your oven preheats, gently stretch your pizza dough onto a lightly floured surface using your hands or a rolling pin. You can choose to make either one thin or thick crust Neapolitan-style pizza or three smaller personal-sized pizzas depending on how many people you’re serving.
Then add your tomato sauce and toppings over the unbaked crust. For example, cover your pizza with fresh halved cherries and blueberries for a fruity pizza, then sprinkle with a pinch of sugar.
Step 4: Bake Your Pizza
Once you’ve added all the toppings, it’s time to put your pizza in the oven. Place your pizza directly onto the center rack or on a baking sheet if you prefer a crispy crust.
For Neapolitan-style pizza, bake for around 8 to 10 minutes until it becomes crispy golden brown.
For personal-sized pizzas, bake for around six minutes or until your cheese is melted and bubbling.
Step 5: Cooling and Tasting
Once done, take out the hot pizza from the oven using oven mitts, place it on a table, and let it cool for few minutes before serving. Set the table with recommended wine pairing and enjoy with family and friends!
Substitutions and Variations
If you’re feeling adventurous with your pizza toppings, there are plenty of substitutions and variations to try out. Here are a few ideas:
– Instead of tomato sauce, try using pesto for a more herbaceous flavor.
– Swap out the buffalo mozzarella with goat cheese, blue cheese, or even feta cheese for a tangier taste.
– For a fruity twist, add some sliced cherries or blueberries on top (just make sure they’re not too juicy, as this can make the pizza soggy).
– If you’re not a fan of mascarpone cheese, substitute it with ricotta or goat cheese.
– Feeling spicy? Add some thinly sliced jalapenos or red pepper flakes to your pizza toppings.
As for wine pairings, consider switching things up with red wines like Pinot Noir or Chianti if you’re used to white wine with your pizza. Or, if you want to stick with white wine, try a Sauvignon Blanc instead of Pinot Grigio.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to experiment with different types of crusts! While the recipe calls for a thin pizza crust, you can also try making homemade dough for a thicker crust. Neapolitan-style dough is a great option if you have access to a wood-fired pizza oven. And if all else fails, grab a pre-made crust from the grocery store or pizzeria.
Remember, pizza and wine is all about finding what pairs well together and what you enjoy most – so have fun with it!
Serving and Pairing
Serving this delightful pizza with its fresh ingredients is simple and straightforward. Once the pizza cools down, slice it up into bite-sized pieces or triangles convenient for serving on platters or individual dishes. The thin crust of this Neapolitan-style pizza is perfect to pair well with any wine you choose.
When it comes to pairing wine with pizza, the possibilities are endless. White wines work best with white pizzas, while red wines tend to pair well with tomato sauce and meat toppings. However, let’s think outside the box, let’s have a twist upon the traditional beliefs of pairing. For an excellent pizza wine pairing, try a glass of Ferreri Carano Fume Blanc or Pinot Grigio along with your pizza. Both these white wines have a remarkable fruity flavor profile that goes well with almost any type of pizza combination.
If you’re someone who loves bold flavors and spicy toppings on their pizzas, I suggest going for a red wine like Amarone della Valpolicella that has intense flavors of cherries and blueberries. The black pepper in the recipe will complement the sweet notes in the wine perfectly.
For those who prefer beer over wine, try pairing this pizza with any cold craft beer or lager for a delightful dining experience.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with your pairings and test out different options until you find the perfect match for your taste buds!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
While it’s best to eat pizza fresh out of the oven, sometimes you need to make it ahead of time or store leftovers for later. Luckily, this pizza recipe is perfect for just that.
To make ahead: You can prepare the pizza dough and tomato sauce up to two days beforehand and store them separately in airtight containers in the fridge. When ready to make the pizza, simply assemble and bake as directed.
To store leftovers: If you happen to have any leftover pizza, let it cool completely before storing. Place it in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days. To extend its shelf life, you can freeze individual slices in freezer-safe bags for up to two months.
To reheat: The best way to reheat pizza is in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for about 10 minutes or until heated through. You can also use a microwave, but the crust may become soggy. For a crispier crust, try reheating on a stovetop or in a toaster oven.
When entertaining wine-loving guests, reheat the pizza and pair with a recommended wine for a convenient and delicious meal option that will surely impress your guests.
Tips for Perfect Results
To create the perfect pizza for your wine tasting, it is essential to know some tips that will help you achieve the best possible result. Here are some of my favorite tips for creating a mouth-watering pizza that will pair perfectly with wine.
1. Choose the Right Cheese
Cheese is an essential element in a pizza, and it can make or break your dish. For this recipe, I recommend using buffalo mozzarella or mascarpone cheese. These types of cheese have a creamy texture and mild flavor, making them the perfect complement to the bold flavors of your pizza sauce and toppings.
2. Use a Thin Crust
While thick crusts are delicious, they tend to overpower the flavor of your toppings and wine. Therefore, a thin crust is a better choice for your wine tasting pizza as it allows the flavors of your toppings to shine through, while still providing a crispy base for your pizza.
3. Go Easy on Your Toppings
It can be tempting to go overboard with toppings but remember that less is more when it comes to pizza toppings. Use only three or so toppings, to ensure that each topping stands out and combines well with the other flavors.
4. Preheat Your Oven
Preheat your oven at least 20 minutes before baking your pizza. This helps ensure that your dough will cook all the way through, leaving you with a crispy yet tender crust.
5. Use High-Quality Ingredients
The key to achieving restaurant-quality pizzas at home is by using high-quality ingredients. Fresh tomatoes or quality canned tomatoes work well with this recipe along with fresh herbs such as basil leaves.
By following these tips, you are guaranteed to create a perfect pairing between your hand-crafted wine selection and your homemade neapolitan-style pizza!
Now that you know how to make the perfect pizza for your wine tasting, it’s important to address some common questions that people might have about this pairing. In this FAQ section, I will answer some of the most frequently asked questions related to wine and pizza pairings. So, let’s dive in!
How to make a good tasting pizza?
As a pizza enthusiast, I have learned some tips and tricks to make a mouth-watering pizza at home that will rival any takeout or delivery. Firstly, one crucial aspect of homemade pizza is ensuring that your oven is preheated to a high temperature. This ensures that your crust turns out crisp and perfectly cooked. Secondly, you should never use cold dough. It’s essential to let the dough come to room temperature before beginning the process, as chilled dough can result in an undercooked interior.
Another helpful tool to use is a pizza peel or sheet pan. This makes it easy to transfer the pizza to and from the oven, preventing any mishaps that may occur when using a regular baking sheet. When preparing the dough, it is best to stretch it out with your hands rather than rolling it out as this action can overwork the gluten and produce a tough crust.
When it comes to sauce, less is more. A thin, even layer of tomato sauce is all that is needed to add the perfect touch of flavor to your homemade pizza. Rather than using fresh mozzarella, I suggest opting for pre-shredded, low-moisture mozzarella. This type of cheese provides a more even melt and won’t leave your pizza with excess moisture. However, if you genuinely want fresh mozzarella, make sure you slice it thinly to avoid excess moisture on your pizza.
By following these tips and tricks, you’ll be able to produce homemade pizza that looks and tastes like it came from a restaurant. So, roll up your sleeves and get ready to create a delicious pizza in the comfort of your own kitchen!
What is the best wine to pair with pizza?
As a knowledgeable sommelier, I have encountered many types of wines that have exceptional qualities. For example, the Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre (GSM) is a robust acidic red wine that pairs exceptionally well with cheesy pizza because the acidity of the wine cuts through the richness of the cheese. The Zinfandel is a mysterious wine with unknown origins, while Syrah or Shiraz are other well-rounded red wine options. Additionally, Chianti and Sangiovese, with their smoothness and light tannins, are perfect for sipping alongside a hearty meal. Meanwhile, Barbera and Pinot Grigio make for versatile white wine options. Finally, there is Sauvignon Blanc, a crisp and refreshing wine that is perfect for pairing with seafood or light dishes.
How do you make pizza dough taste like a restaurant?
As a pizza enthusiast, I strongly recommend following these steps for making the perfect pizza. First, it’s important to choose the appropriate flour for the crust. Next, don’t forget to season the dough to add an extra level of flavor to the base.
When it comes to toppings, avoid using pre-shredded cheese as it may contain additives that affect the taste and texture. Additionally, keep the sauce simple to ensure the flavors of the toppings shine through.
To achieve a top-notch pizza, always opt for fresh ingredients. Whether it’s the vegetables, meats or herbs, fresh is always best for maximum flavor.
When it’s time to cook the pizza, make sure to preheat the pan so it’s nice and hot. Giving it lots of heat will ensure the crust is crispy and the toppings are perfectly cooked. By following these tips, you’ll have a mouthwatering pizza that’s sure to impress.
Does pizza and wine go together?
When it comes to pairing wine with pizza, there are a few helpful tips to keep in mind. For pizzas with a tomato-based sauce, such as the classic marinara or Margherita, you may want to consider a dry rosé wine or light red wine to complement the flavors. On the other hand, for pizzas without a tomato sauce (often called “white pizzas”), white wines such as Pinot Grigio, Falanghina, or Prosecco can be excellent choices.
In conclusion, pizza and wine are a match made in heaven, and this pizza recipe is the perfect pairing for any wine tasting event. With its thin crust, flavorful tomato sauce, and creamy mascarpone cheese topping, it’s sure to please even the most discerning palates.
Whether you’re a wine lover or a pizza aficionado, this recipe is guaranteed to delight your taste buds. And with so many different variations and substitutions available, you can customize it to your liking and experiment with different wine pairings.
So what are you waiting for? Get your hands on some fresh blueberries or cherries, fire up the oven, pop open a bottle of your favorite white or red wine, and enjoy the perfect pairing of pizza and wine. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Pizza for Wine Tasting Recipe
- 1 (10 inch) thin pizza crust
- 6 ounces mascarpone cheese
- 4 ounces brie cheese
- 2 tablespoons caviar (optional)
Balsamic Berry Sauce
- 1/2 cup cherries (fresh preferred but frozen O.K.)
- 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh preferred but frozen O.K.)
- 1/4 cup strawberry preserves
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Slice cherries in sixths, removing the pits, so they're roughly the same size as the blueberries. Mix together all berry sauce ingredients. Cut brie in thin quarter-inch pieces.
- Spread mascarpone evenly across pizza crust (using your hands is easiest), then drizzle berry sauce evenly across the top, then place brie slices across the top, evenly-spaced.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until crust starts to turn golden and brie is melted; sprinkle caviar across the top, if desired; cut in thin slivers and serve hot.