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Want Ultracrisp Pizza? Try Pan-Frying It!

I absolutely adore a thin crust pizza. I love the ultracrisp crunch and the sound it makes when you bite into it. However, making a super-thin pizza at home is often a difficult task. So what do you do if you're in the mood for a homemade, ultracrisp pizza? Why you fry it of course! Mark Bittman has written about a pan-fried pizza — I'm sure it's going to be this year's No-Knead Bread — and I can't wait to try it. Here's more on his technique:

"Take pizza dough and shape it — small disks are best — then fry it in enough olive oil to crisp the bottom. Then flip it.

If the toppings are hot (as, for example, tomato sauce might be) or the quantities small (a bit of grated cheese rather than a pile), all you need to do from this point is drop them on top, then brown the bottom of the second side."

There's a video at the New York Time's website; be sure to check it out and then give the recipe a try it at home. I know I'm going to!

Photo by Evan Sung for The New York Times

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katmat89 katmat89 9 years
This is interesting and a nice idea for mini pizzas, but you can also use a pizza stone for a crisper crust.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Can't wait to try this...
katlovesclothes katlovesclothes 9 years
Hmmm... I'm thinking Mr. Bittman's thighs aren't going to be fitting into any of MY holiday party dresses with this fried temptation.... must..... resist.... must....
amybdk amybdk 9 years
this pizza looks amazing.
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
I like to bbq my thin crust pizza. Just something about it that so much better than a pan.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Yummy!!! :)
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
Worth a try! Thanks for the tip.
emalove emalove 9 years
Good idea, sounds yummy!
rebelchipmunk rebelchipmunk 9 years
i'm definitely going to try this tonight.
haze1nut haze1nut 9 years
HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! bittman has a knack for finding these things! i need to get on this pronto, thanks for sharing it :D
Molly Molly 9 years
I've been obsessed with this since I first saw the video. I can't wait to try it!
fragiletearz fragiletearz 9 years
When I make pizza I bake on oiled foil. Crisp!
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Wow, great idea. I'ma have to try this sometime. Pizza for one!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
I need to try this soon. I always get soggy pizza when I bake it in the oven--even when I prebake the crust. I think it's from piling on too many raw veggies.
michichan michichan 9 years
sounds like a quesadilla
partysugar partysugar 9 years
This is what we do when my dad and I grill pizzas. He grills both sides of the dough than I top with the cheese, sauces, and toppings. We stick the whole thing in the oven for a few minutes and the end result is nice and crisp.
TheMissus TheMissus 9 years
That is such a great idea!!!! I, too, adore thin crust pizzas... but had not mastered the talent to make them at hom. Great tip, Yum!
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