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Best Sicilian Pizza

Yields6 ServingsPrep Time20 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time40 mins

Sicilian Pizza Dough
 3 cups flour + more for dusting
 Salt, to taste (we use about 2 tsp.)
 2 tbsp yeast for sea-level OR 1.5 Tbs. for high-altitude at 5,000 ft. (preferably Fleischmann's Active Dry)
 A few pinches of sugar
 1.25 cups lukewarm water + more if necessary
 1 tbsp olive oil + more for drizzling
Sicilian Pizza
 3 tbsp olive oil
 ¾ cup pizza sauce
 2 lbs fresh mozzarella, shredded or torn
 Pepperoni, basil, parmesan, veggies, etc. for topping
Sicilian Pizza Dough

In the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment (or in a medium bowl), combine the flour with the salt. Set aside.


In a small bowl, mix together the yeast*, sugar, and olive oil. Gently stir in a small amount of lukewarm water to activate the yeast. Let it stand 5-10 minutes, until foamy. *2 Tbs. yeast at sea-level OR 1.5 Tbs. at high-altitude (5,000 ft).


Pour the yeast mixture into the flour and knead gently with the dough hook (or your hands). Add 1/2 cup of lukewarm water, and keep lightly kneading the dough. Continue adding water, 2 Tablespoons at a time, just until the dough comes together. The dough is ready when the bowl is clean and the dough is still slightly sticky. (You may need more water at high-altitude).


Dust the dough lightly with flour. Drizzle a clean bowl with olive oil, place the dough in the bowl, and cover it with a clean tea towel. Let it rise for 2-3 hours, until doubled in size. (If you live at high-altitude, check the dough at 90 minutes. You don't want the dough to over-rise or it will get tough)!

Sicilian Pizza

When the dough is ready, preheat the oven to 425° F. Brush a seasoned sheet pan with the olive oil. My sheet pan is 12x18x2. If you have a larger pan, you may just have thinner crust.


Using your hands, gently spread the pizza dough to fit into the entire pan. Spread the sauce over the pizza dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Sprinkle cheese and desired toppings over the pizza.


Bake the pizza for 17-20 minutes, until the dough is cooked through, the bottom is crispy, and the cheese is bubbly. Cut into squares and serve!

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6