Making your own dough is great, but not if it delays dinner. Use our three store-bought picks for pie on the fly!
THIN: Mama Mary’s Thin & Crispy Pizza Crusts
These thin crusts with a brick-oven flavor stayed crisp even when we piled on the toppings. ($4.99 for 2 crusts)
THICKER: Schwan’s Starter Crust
This reminded us of a slice straight from a pizza parlor, with a crunchy, sweet-earthy taste. ($7.24 for 2 crusts)
THICKEST: Boboli Original Pizza Crust
After just 10 minutes in the oven, this crust got puffy and deliciously chewy—without being too doughy. ($4.59 for 1 crust)
From the September 2012: Italian Issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray
The latest “it” pizza—called the montanara—is hitting pizza joints across the country. Derived from a Neapolitan recipe, the pie stars soft, fluffy dough that’s briefly oil-fried before being topped with relatively minimal sauce and cheese and a few leaves of basil, then finished in the oven. The result is a crust that’s chewy, light, oh-so-slightly crunchy—and more or less impossible to resist.
From the September 2012 “Italian Issue” of Every Day with Rachael Ray
Blanching is a quick cooking technique that came tame sourness and soften texture. I like to use this technique for veggies like asparagus, snap peas and green beans, to only cook them just a bit.
The technique: Boil vegetables or fruit in rapidly boiling water for a minute or two until they’re cooked but still tender, then scoop them out and dunk them in ice water to stop the cooking.
Try it out on the Lemon Wheel & Ricotta Pizza (above)!
—Katie Barreira, Senior Test Kitchen Associate