There is nothing like a good pizza, is there? Pizza is…the epitome of yum. Especially this thick crust sourdough pizza!
People on pretty much any type of diet try to figure out a replacement. Who wouldn’t want that wonderfully textured crust, the flavorful sauce, and the amazing toppings–together they lead to something truly awesome…perfection!
This sourdough pizza made with starter only, and and no additional yeast is perfect. The long ferment helps break down gluten and sugars in the dough, while adding a flavorful tang that makes this SO MUCH BETTER than a regular pizza dough.
Ours is always topped with homemade garlic pizza sauce, lots of onions and bell peppers. Mmmm. What will you put on yours?
What I love most about this sourdough pizza crust recipe is how EASY it is. It’s easy to make, and easy to store. Sometimes I’ll make a double batch, cover the dough with a light coating of olive oil, and throw it in a plastic storage bag. Left in the fridge it continues to ferment, and I just take it out when I’m ready to make another pizza.
We love this recipe so much, and know that you will, too!
Thick Crust Sourdough Pizza Recipe
- 1 cup fed sourdough starter
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- Pizza sauce
- Toppings: cheese, onions, bell peppers, zucchini, etc.
- In a big mixing bowl, mix your fed sourdough starter, water, and olive oil together well.
- Add two 1/2 cups flour and then 1 tsp salt. Combine well and knead until smooth. This dough should not be sticky, but also shouldn’t be dry.
- Form a nice ball and leave in the mixing bowl covered with a plastic bag, shower cap, or something of the like so it doesn’t start drying out and forming a crust. Leave this overnight–around 12 hours.
- When you’re ready to shape your pizza, it should not be a ball anymore. The dough should have risen quite a bit and be puffy with big bubbles.
- Scrape it all up and form a ball again. Decide whether you want one big thick crust pizza or two thinner crusts. If two, divide equally in two balls (or more if you want to make personal pizzas).
- Flatten the ball and form your pizza by hand or rolling pin. I prefer to form on parchment paper pre-measured to fit a baking tray because it’s easy to move onto the tray. Or you can form directly in a greased pizza pan.
- Once pizzas are formed, cover again well so they do not dry out. Let rise for approx 1.5-2 hours, it should be somewhat puffy again.Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and begin preparing your pizza sauce and toppings.
- Once oven is preheated, put a thick-crust pizza in for 8 minutes, thinner crusts for 3-4. If it swells considerably, just use a knife to punch a few small holes to deflate it a little. It will be just fine!
- Spread sauce on the pizza evenly and add your favorite toppings. I like to put lots of fresh onions and bell peppers, and sometimes grate “zucchini cheese” on as well. The zucchini does not melt like cheese but gives the dairy-free version a cheesy look. Freshly sliced tomatoes are another favorite, as well as finely chopped pre-cooked chicken.
- Bake for an additional 8-10 minutes, and then move to a cooling rack carefully.
This is what our pizza usually looks like, since we all like it in different ways. Usually I just make personal pizzas.
It always disappears very quickly…