How to Make a Margherita Pizza, W/a Wood Fired Brick Oven

by Joseph Feiertag

I think there is nothing better than your own pizza dough and fresh sauce to make the best home made pizza!


  • Fresh Dough-
  • 2 Teaspoons Instant dry yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 2 Cups Warm water
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 6 Cups All-purpose flour
  • Fresh sauce -
  • 1 28 oz can, whole peeled tomatoes, drained
  • and hand crushed. San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon Tomato paste ( heavy tablespoon )
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh chopped garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh thyme
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 Bunch Fresh basil
  • 1 Pounds Fresh buffalo mozzarella
  • Olive oil for drizzle
  • Brick oven, wood, gloves and tongs
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    My "do it yourself" brick pizza oven. This outdoor cooking area, evolved from a grill station, cast iron cooking area and now a brick wood fired pizza oven.

    Step 2

    My gathered ingredients to make the pizza dough.

    Step 3

    All the dry ingredients, in the bowl.

    Step 4

    Add the water, and stir on low until all the ingredients come together.

    Step 5

    Kneed the dough using the stand mixer for 10 minutes, medium speed. OR, you can turn the dough out on to a floured board and kneed, by hand for 10 minutes.

    Step 6

    Generously add Olive oil to a glass dish or bowl. Spread out evenly. Set aside.

    Step 7

    Remove dough from mixing bowl onto a floured work surface. Cut into 4 even pieces. Roll into tight dough balls and place into oiled dish.

    Step 8

    Roll dough ball around in the olive oil to coat the dough. Wrap the entire dish with plastic wrap. I place in the dough in the refrigerator for 6 - 8 hours.

    Step 9

    Gathered ingredients!

    Step 10

    Crush tomatoes with your hand or use a potato masher!

    Step 11

    Sauté the garlic lightly.

    Step 12

    After the garlic is sautéed, add crushed tomatoes, sugar, salt & pepper, oregano and thyme.

    Step 13

    Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer. Reduce by a 1/4.

    Step 14

    Reduced. Thick and rich! Set aside or refrigerate until you are ready to assemble the pizzas.

    Step 15

    Lighting charcoal to start up the oven.

    Step 16

    Charcoal is added to the brick oven. Extra wood is added to the fire.

    Step 17

    I block the entrance to the oven to make sure the bricks really heat up! It takes sever hours to heat this up to about 700 degrees f.

    Step 18

    Pull the dough out of the refrigerator about an hour before you are ready to assemble pizzas.

    Step 19

    Flour and cornmeal added to my pizza peel.

    Step 20

    Stretching the dough ...

    Step 21

    Adding the sauce ...

    Step 22

    Fresh cubed mozzarella ...

    Step 23

    Drizzle of olive oil ...

    Step 24

    I love fresh basil!

    Step 25

    In the HOT pizza oven.

    Step 26

    The oven is so hot it only takes a few minutes to bake ...

    Step 27

    ... we have to turn it a few times to have some even baking.

    Step 28

    So good! I don't think I want pizzeria pizza again.

    Step 29

    Four cheeses!

    Step 30

    ... the oven was so hot ... We made all 4 dough balls into pizzas; 2 Margherita pizzas, 1 - Four cheese and 1 - Honey mustard fried onion!

    Step 31

    And for my son ...

    Step 32

    Honey mustard, mozzarella, shredded parm and ....

    Step 33

    ... French's fried onions!

    Step 34


    Step 35

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