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Hoff's Smoken Ghost Hot Sauce

Sicilian "Grandma" Pizza

YIELD: Serves 6

TIME: 4 Hours


Continuing the homemade pizza series, Hoff shows you how to make a Sicilian pizza. Also called grandma or tray pizza, it’s loaded with thick crusty, tomatoey, cheesy goodness that is always a crowd pleaser. To take it a step further Hoff uses his Smoken Ghost hot sauce for a spicy smoky kick to cut through the richness of this thick boy.

Sicilian Pizza Recipe

3 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon yeast

1/4 cup olive oil + another 1/4 cup

1 cup warm water

1/2 teaspoon salt

Sicilian pizza sauce (recipe below)

Grated parmesan cheese

16 oz grated low moisture mozzarella cheese, full fat

8 oz fresh mozzarella torn into chunks

Pepperoni or whatever other toppings you like!

In a mixing bowl add flour, yeast, olive oil, water, and salt. Add the dough hook to your mixer and mix for 10 minutes. If doing by hand, mix together and knead for 10 minutes. Rub the dough ball with a bit of olive oil and place back in the mixing bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 to 2 hours or until double in size.

Coat a baking sheet liberally with olive oil. Turn the dough out on the pan and begin flattening the dough by pressing it with your fingers. If it feels like it won’t flatten any more, rest for 10 minutes to let the gluten loosen up. Once you’ve got it fully spread out in the pan, cover and let rise again for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Ladle the pizza sauce on the risen dough leaving an inch of crust around the edges. Top with grated parmesan, low moisture mozzarella, and fresh mozzarella. Top with additional toppings if desired and brush the edges of the dough with olive oil.

Place in the oven for 20 - 30 minutes or until the crust and toppings are well browned. Move the pizza from the sheet pan to a cooling rack and let cool for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Sicilian Pizza Sauce Recipe

1 - 28oz can crushed tomatoes

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon dried basil or 1 tablespoon fresh minced

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon fine salt

In a sauce pan over medium heat add in olive oil and garlic. Cook for 1 minute or until the garlic is lightly toasted.

Add tomato paste and fry for another minute.

Add crushed tomatoes, sugar, salt, and basil. Stir together and simmer on low for 20 minutes to let the flavors meld.