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How to Stretch Pizza Dough - CHOW Tip

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Uploaded on Apr 19, 2010

World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani shows the correct technique for "pushing" a pizza, which is a method that fancy pizzaiolos use to get the dough to the right size before moving on to throwing it.

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When making a pizza you need to get it to the size you want. You can't throw a pizza from a ball so you're going to have to stretch it out. One technique is called pushing. Either use a hard surface like a stainless steel or a marble. Get your dough ball and you dust it in some flour and semolina. Create a border and it could be about a half inch to a quarter inch border. Pop out any necessary bubbles. Then flip it over. Keep that border. Now I'm going to turn it over one more time and this is your beginning push. Open it and turn it. Opening like a clock and turning. And I'm always on the outside. You stretch this out to about a ten inch circle and that should be ready for our toss. If I didn't want to do the throwing thing, let's just say I hated throwing, I would keep pushing it, pushing it, pushing it. Maybe hand stretch it a little bit with my fists. So once you get it to the size that you want you're going to, of course, sauce it, cheese it, put your toppings on and throw it in your oven.

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