If you love pizza as much as I do then this post is for you! Although it is focused on making pizza without an oven you can easily take the recipe and use it for oven baked pizza!
Living back in South Africa I had a wonderful little stove and a great pizza stone. I was making my own pizza at least once a week. From the dough to the relish to any toppings that I enjoy.
Making pizza is surprisingly easy and it is so incredibly versatile. If you feel like something meaty, throw on extra steak. If you’re a vegetarian it is perfect; just don’t add meat and you still have a delicious pizza. Even if you’re vegan, the only thing you have to leave off is the cheese!
The biggest obstacle I faced in the latest move was going to an apartment with no stove and no possible space to even get the smallest of stoves. I thought my days of making pizza were over. But I love pizza too much to let it go, so I searched for how to make oven-less pizza.
This post is to share what I found, how I make pizza and to spread the wondrous delight that is pizza!
Utensils You Need for Making Pizza Without an Oven
- Stove top
- Frying pan with a lid or just something you can cover it with
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
How to Make Pizza Dough
I use my own version of a pizza dough that I adapted from Jamie Oliver. It is quick and simple and all you need is a measuring cup and measuring spoon. The recipe I will give you should make 2 large, thin based pizzas. The quantities are easy as anything so halve, double or triple as you please depending on how many people you are making pizza for.
- 2 cups of flour (any type of white flour, strong bread flour may need more water)
- 1/2 tsp yeast
- 1/2 tsp salt and sugar
- 1 Tbsp oil (any type of cooking oil, canola, olive, sunflower etc.)
- 1/2 cup water
- Throw all the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix them together.
- Make a hollow an pour in your oil and water.
- Knead the dough until it is smooth.
- Let it stand covered for about an hour to rise.
Making Pizza Relish
The relish should be based purely on your personal taste. I don’t think I have ever made this relish the same way twice and I make it a lot! It is great because you can use it on, or in, just about anything; pasta, stews, dipping sauce etc. When you are making pizza the relish is really what adds the flavour so don’t be afraid to go bold.
Here is a list of ingredients I generally try to use but this is not set in stone; use what makes you happy!
- Bell Pepper
- Salt, pepper and any herbs or spices you like!
- Tomato paste
- Meat or vegetable stock
- Dice all your vegetables.
- Cook the onions, garlic and bell peppers together with the oil. I like to add honey or sugar to my onions because I feel that the sweet brings out the flavour more. Season with what you have until it tastes nice.
- Add the tomatoes, tomato paste (if you have) and the stock.
- Taste it. If it tastes nice then you’re good. If it doesn’t think, ‘Is it too salty or too sweet?’ and add the opposite.
- It isn’t rocket science and I always make this relish depending on what I feel like for the day. I prefer to get it quite salty/meaty but that is a personal preference. Cook it to your tastes!
How to Cook Pizza Without an Oven
So now you have your fresh dough and your relish. Make sure you’ve also got any cheese you need and precook any toppings that can’t be raw. Now you can move on to actually making pizza!
- Put your pan on the stove and start heating it up with a drizzle of oil. I use a heating level of about 5/6 on a stove that goes up to 9
- Roll out your dough to roughly the size of your frying pan.
- Place the plain dough into the frying pan and cook until it is nicely browned and crisp.
- Take everything off the heat and turn your pizza dough over.
- Put your relish, toppings and cheese on to the cooked side of the dough.
- Put the pan back on the heat and cover it with your lid or whatever!
- I have worked out on my stove I need to leave the pizza on for about 7 minutes to get the cheese nicely melted and the base crisp. It may take some experimenting with your stove to do the same!
- Finally take your pizza out the pan with your spatula and enjoy the scrumptious delight that you have just made!
Video Help for Making Pizza!
Sometimes I find seeing the process is a lot easier to understand than just reading it, so here is a little video I put together to show you my pizza process. Hope it helps with making pizza:
A Brief History of Pizza
Now that you have the perfect slice of pizza on your plate and about to fill your belly here is the history of pizza.
- The word pizza is thought to come from the Latin word pinsa, meaning flatbread.
- The first recorded use of the word pizza is from AD 997
- There is a legend that Roman soldiers acquired the taste for Matzoth while in Palestine and tried to replicate it when returning home.
- Pizza was a food for the peasants during the middle ages where they used any ingredients they could get their hands on.
- The upper-classes were pretty snobby towards pizza and it was only later that it became popular.
- The introduction of Indian Water Buffalo gave making pizza a new dimension with the production of mozzarella cheese.
- The introduction of tomatoes to Italian cuisine in the 18th and 19th centuries brought about what we know as modern pizza.
- Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba in Naples is considered to be the first pizzeria ever.
- The name of the Margherita pizza comes from Queen Margherita who visited Pizzeria Brandi in Naples in 1889 and had a pizza created for her in the colours of the Italian flag; white mozzarella, green basil and red tomatoes.
- Pizza became more popular around the world after WW2 when the Allies came to enjoy Italian cuisine!
Fun Facts About Pizza!
- Americans eat approximately 350 pieces of pizza a second (That’s it, America here I come!)
- There is a Pizza Expo held each year in Las Vegas (This must be the tastiest expo ever!)
- America has 3 national pizza days:
- September 5th – National Cheese Pizza Day
- October 11th – National Sausage Pizza Day
- November 12th – National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day
- October is national pizza month!
- Pizza Hut is the largest seller of pizza in the world with about 12500 delivery or take outs across the world.
- In 1994 Domino’s Pizza in Guatemala attempted a world record for the longest pizza, it reached 500m (Yum!).
- The world’s largest pizza was made on October 11, 1987 by Lorenzo Amato and Louis Piancone. The pizza covered 10,000 square feet and measured 140 feet across (So dinner with some left over for breakfast tomorrow?).
- The Guinness World Records for the world’s largest circular pizza was set at Norwood Hypermarket in South Africa in 1990. The gigantic pie measured 122 feet 8 inches across and weighed 26,883 pounds.
- Of the more than 5 billion pizzas sold worldwide, approximately 3 billion are sold in the US each year; that’s 46 slices a year per person (only 46 slices per year? Call that my Friday night!)
- Pizza nutrition fact: eating pizza regularly reduces the risk of esophageal cancer by 59%, reduces the risk of oral cavity and pharyngeal cancer by 34%, and reduces the risk of colon cancer by 25%. The lycopene in the tomato sauce is an antioxidant that can lower the risk of cancer, when making pizza part of a healthy diet and lifestyle. (Let’s eat all the pizza!)
- An average slice of a medium-sized cheese pizza ranges from 220 to 370 calories. Loading it up with vegetables can provide you some additional vitamins and minerals. Pizza is healthy, spread the good word!
I hope you have just finished eating your delicious slice of pizza and are reaching in for some more. With your new knowledge for making pizza, and armed with some interesting facts to throw out at dinner parties, you are ready to tackle the world!
Images used are from pixabay.com – royalty free images, just buy the guys some coffee!