Secrets for making the perfect pizza on game day
(BPT) - When it comes to game-day entertaining, pizza served with a full-flavored craft beer is sure to score big with your guests. Delicious and easy, guests can quickly grab a slice and a brew during the break in the action and get back to the game with a well-balanced pairing in hand. To kick it up a notch for your next game-day party, here are a few tips from pizza pro Mark Bello, of Pizza a Casa Pizza School in New York, along with a craft beer-infused pizza crust recipe that will have your guests feeling happy regardless of the score:
* Craft beer: the secret crust ingredient. When making pizza for your favorite sports fans, a full-flavored beer like Samuel Adams Boston Lager is the perfect ingredient to bring the crust to the next level. Both pizza crust and beer are made with grain, water and yeast, so they really complement each other. And the hops in beer can provide an inherent spice package that enhances the dimension of the recipe and brings the flavors of the crust to life.
* Finesse wins. Rather than attacking the dough, smashing it down and trying to push or pull it into shape, gently pat it down on a smooth, floured work surface, working it into a larger circle. Drive it around in a circle like you would the steering wheel of a car, and let gravity help you do the stretching.
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