Flavorful Pizza Crust Recipes

The value of pizza crust reciped is something often overlooked in a truly delicious pizza. The crust is the heart of the pizza, holding and blending all the other flavors together. The crust doesn't always have to be plain, though. Many pizza crust recipes can help spice up your usual pizza pie. You can use the dough to make thin, thick or even stuffed pizza crusts.

Mixed Herb Pizza Crust
Ingredients You Will Need:
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp rapid-rise yeast
1 tbsp white sugar
2 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp dried parsley
1 tbsp finely minced garlic
2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
½ tsp ground black pepper

Stir together flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Make a depression in the center of the dry mix. Pour the warm water and oil over the center of the dry mixture. Stir mixture until blended. Add parsley, garlic, basil, oregano and pepper to the dough. Continue stirring dough until it becomes stiff.

Mix the dough with your hands once it becomes stiff, until it is fully combined and forming a ball. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, and knead it until smooth and a bit sticky.

Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, and cover with a towel. Let dough sit in a warm area for about one hour to rise. Remove dough from bowl, knead very briefly, and then roll or spin into desired shape.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Place rolled dough on a pizza pan. Add the sauce and topping desired. Depending on the type and amount of topping, you may need to cook the pizza anywhere from 15 to 25 minutes. Cook until crust edges are golden brown and cheese is bubbling.

Makes enough dough for a single 12- to 16-inch pizza, depending on how thick you like your crust.

Rosemary, Garlic and Parmesan Pizza Crust
Ingredients You Will Need:
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp rapid-rise yeast
1 tbsp white sugar
2 tsp salt
1 cup and 1 tbsp warm water
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp finely minced garlic
1 tbsp fresh, finely chopped rosemary
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

Stir together flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Make a depression in the center of the dry mix. Pour the warm water and oil over the center of the dry mixture. Stir until about two thirds of the dry mixture is wet. Add garlic, rosemary, and parmesan to the dough. Continue stirring dough until it becomes stiff.

Mix the dough with your hands once it becomes stiff, until it is fully combined and forming a ball. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, and knead it until smooth and a bit sticky.

Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, and cover with a towel. Let dough sit in a warm area for about one hour to rise. Remove dough from bowl, knead very briefly, and then roll or spin into desired shape.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Place rolled dough on a pizza pan. Add the sauce and topping desired. Depending on the type and amount of topping, you may need to cook the pizza anywhere from 15 to 25 minutes. Cook until crust edges are golden brown and cheese is bubbling.

Makes enough dough for a single 12- to 16-inch pizza, depending on how thick you like your crust.

If you want a stuffed pizza crust, set aside some mozzarella or get some mozzarella string cheese. After you roll the dough on the pizza pan, sprinkle or lay cheese near the outer edge of the pizza, leaving just enough crust that you can fold over the edges and cover the cheese. The cheese will melt as the pizza bakes.

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