Old Forge Pizza

5 May

I tend to get obsessed over regional favorites. It’s a little bit about exclusivity and a lot about getting a feel for the culture of a place. Enter Old Forge pizza. It’s a rectangular pizza topped with a creamier cheese and it’s served in Northeastern PA (hence the “Old Forge”part). I used to have this type of pizza a lot because I have two sisters-in-law from that area (I wrecked the streak by marrying a New Yorker). It’s one of my favorite pizzas so I had to make it at home.

Old Forge Pizza
Makes 1 large or 2 medium pizzas, Serves 4

3 cups flour
1 cup warm water (110° F)
1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups red sauce (homemade or jarred)
3/4 cup shredded or sliced white American cheese
pizza stone or metal pan
pizza peel or cutting board

Preheat the oven to 450° F. Add the honey and yeast to the warm water and let the mixture sit until it becomes frothy. Combine the flour, salt, and yeast mixture and form a dough ball. Knead the dough for a few minutes until it’s stretchy.

Roll the dough to be 1/2″ thick. To get that Old Forge feel, the dough needs to be rectangular. To do this, cut off a strip of dough on each side to form corners (you can even add these strips back onto the middle of the rolled out dough if you’re worried about waste). Place the dough on a floured pizza peel or cutting board. Ladle the sauce onto the dough and spread it around. Top the sauce with cheese.

Slide the pizza onto your stone or metal pan. Bake the pizza for 15 minutes.

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3 Responses to “Old Forge Pizza”

  1. Jen April 4, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    I love trying different types of pizza but nothing beats New York 😉

  2. George April 16, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    I like finding regional favorites when I travel too. I live in SE PA and have never heard of this. It definitely looks worth a try.

  3. Dana May 15, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    This looks awesome!! Might have to give it a try for sure!

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