Super Bowl parties are as much a celebration of America’s favorite sport as it is an excuse to consume a hideous amount of calories. And as calories go, one of the most popular (and simplest) options is pizza delivery.
But industrially produced pizza is the pits. Sugary sauce, cardboard-y crust and sweaty cheese doesn’t exactly make for a delicious treat. But fresh, high-quality ingredients do, so if you want your pizza to actually taste good (and impress the heck out of your friends), you’ve got to go homemade.
Which is why we’ve brought in member John Arena, owner of Metro Pizza in Las Vegas, Nevada and professor of Pizza History at UNLV, to help us craft some homespun pizza deliciousness that’s perfect for the big game.
Big Game Pizza
- 24 ounces pizza dough (can be purchased at your local Costco)
- 9 ounces vine ripened, crushed tomatoes
- 6 ounces shredded whole milk mozzarella
- 4 ounces shredded fontina
- 2 tablespoons grated romano
- 4 ounces spicy soppressata
- 1/2 teaspoon dried Mediterranean oregano
- 1 clove of garlic, thinly sliced
- Good quality, extra-virgin olive oil
- Let the dough come to room temperature and roll it out to about the size of your 12×16 inch black, rectangular pizza pan. Drizzle the pan with one tablespoon of olive oil, and add two tablespoons to the crushed tomatoes.
- Spread the dough in the pan and top it with 6 ounces of crushed tomatoes, making sure to keep the sauce half an inch from the edges of the pan.
- Cover the dough and pan with plastic wrap, and allow it to relax for one hour. While the dough is relaxing, preheat the oven to 525 degrees.
- Once an hour has passed, remove the plastic wrap, and spread the sliced garlic over the sauce.
- Top the pizza with mozzarella, fontina and romano cheese. Crush the dried oregano by hand into finer pieces and sprinkle it over the cheese. Next, thoroughly spread soppressata over the pizza, and dab the completed pizza with spots of the remaining pizza sauce.
- Bake the pizza on the center rack of the oven until it’s brown and crispy (between 12 and 15 minutes). Don’t be afraid of dark spots—we’re not baking Wonder Bread, we’re baking handcrafted pizza.
- Remove pizza from pan, cut and try to grab yourself a slice before your friends and family devour the entire thing.