Sunday, March 4, 2012

Deep-Fried Wood-Fired Pizza (Recipe)

If you're anything like me, you probably had two thoughts when you saw the title:
  1. Huh?
  2. I can't even believe that's something that's real!

This idea is not at all original. My Pizza Oven Coach, Double-A-Ron, made me aware of it with this article from Slice that shows how they do it at Forcella, and also this video that shows how they do it at Don Antonio. Apparently it's known as The Montanara. Sounds good to me. If you clicked through to those links, you aren't going to see anything new below. But I thought some of the pictures were cool enough to share, so here we are...

  • Pizza Dough
  • Pizza Toppings
  • Vegetable Oil (we used Grapeseed Oil)

  • Make Pizza Dough.
  • Deep-Fry Pizza Dough.
  • Build Pizza.
  • Cook Pizza.

The dough is pretty simple... just four ingredients.

Mix it up.

Let it rise.

We made two pies.

Stretch & shape the dough before frying it for about a minute in the oil (~350 degrees), flipping it over at some point along the way. Applying pressure with something like this skimmer does help you shape it correctly. Before frying it, you can poke some holes in the middle of the dough to keep it from puffing up.

Pat the fried dough dry with paper towels and build the Pizza. Here we're just using hand-crushed San Marzano Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Basil.

Cook the Pizza for 30-45 seconds. Since the dough is already cooked, it only needs about 1/3 the normal cooking time.

NOTE:  Following the advice from those links above, we did cook the first one in a pan. Presumably that is to keep the crust from burning, but I selected the wrong pan and it was hard to rotate the Pizza. Consequently, I burned one side of that pie pretty bad. Noting that the bottom of the crust didn't seem anywhere near being burned, we skipped the pan for the second one and it cooked better. This one probably could have used a few more seconds, but after burning the first one I erred on the side of caution.


The obligatory motorcycle or Corvette pic that has nothing to do with nothing.
KTM Super Duke R @ Boyce Store.
They make Pizzas there, but I haven't tried one... I'm always too busy eating the Boyce Burger or the Boyce Big Breakfast.

Have your assistant cut the Pizza up and serve it.

We both gave it a solid B. To me it seems like more of a novelty thing than something we'll do regularly. If we do it again anytime soon it'll be because Momma LOVED it -- A+ from her. No doubt it was a fun experiment, so when she requests it we'll make it again.



  1. holy crow. Please be my next door neighbor and cook for me nightly! Cannot WAIT to try this.

  2. Sounds good to me, but you have to move here because I can't move that oven!