Thin Crust Sourdough Pizza

Thin Crust Sourdough Pizza

Mmmmm…. homemade pizza. We like our pizzas thin and crisp, but if you prefer a thick crust, just double the dough recipe. This is sourdough — I love sourdough! — and not only do you get a pleasant tang but the souring process helps make the whole grain flour more nutritious and digestible. (More info about that here.) You can top your pizza however you’d like. Below you’ll see one of our favorite pizza recipes: topped with pastured chicken, mushrooms, onions, garlic, and cheese. Enjoy!

Sourdough Pizza Crust

  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh-ground whole wheat or spelt flour (plus additional)

Makes 2 thin pizza crusts. (Double if you prefer thick crusts.)

In a medium size bowl, stir together sourdough starter and water. Add sea salt and olive oil. Mix well. Add 1-1/2 cups of flour to the mixture. Stir to incorporate. Continue adding flour slowly until you have an easy to knead consistency and the dough cleans the side of the bowl. Turn dough onto a clean counter and knead for a couple of minutes. You are looking for a soft and not sticky dough. Roll dough ball in a bowl lightly coated with olive oil. Cover and allow to sour for at 5 to 8 hours.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Split dough in half. Roll each piece directly onto pizza stones, lightly greased or parchment paper lined cookie sheets, or a piece of parchment paper ready to top a hot pizza stone. Pre-bake for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from oven. Proceed with pizza recipe (next).

Chicken, Onion, and Mushroom Pizza

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 medium onions, sliced thinly
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 pound organic crimini mushrooms, sliced (or other mushrooms)
  • 2 pre-baked sourdough pizza crusts (see previous recipe)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 of a cooked pastured chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 pound+ shredded cheddar or mozzarella
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Makes 2 thin-crust pizzas.

Saute onions, garlic, and mushrooms in butter until soft and translucent. Salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. Brush pre-baked pizza crusts with extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle one-fourth of the total cheese on one crust, and then another one-fourth of the total cheese on the other crust. Spread the onion mixture all over both crusts. Spread pieces of chicken over both crusts; salt and pepper. Add remaining cheese divided between both crusts. Bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 25 minutes or until cheese and pizza crusts are beautifully browned.

Variation: For an extra crispy crust, slide pizza directly onto the oven rack for the final 5 or so minutes of baking.

For more on sourdough — both how-to and recipes — check out my blog, my Sourdough A to Z eBook, or my online class in sourdough.

About Wardee @ GNOWFGLINS

Wardeh ('Wardee') Harmon lives in Oregon with her husband and three children. They garden and raise cows, chickens, goats, and their beloved farm dog, Areli. Wardeh is passionate about traditional cooking. She writes books and teaches online classes in traditional cooking, sourdough, cultured dairy, cheesemaking and fermentation. She is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fermenting Foods. She blogs at GNOWFGLINS, where she and her family enjoy "God's Natural, Organic, Whole Foods, Grown Locally, In Season."

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4 Responses to Thin Crust Sourdough Pizza

  1. What happens if you leave the dough to sour for like 15 hours? I work during the day, I could start it the night before and finish it the day of, but will a longer rising/souring time adversely affect the dough?

    Of course I have to get my starter going first . . . .

  2. Wardee @ GNOWFGLINS GNOWFGLINS says:

    Brenda, you can sour it for longer than 8 hours. It can go a few days even! However, realize that it gets more sour over time, and also it will get more brittle (not able to be rolled out) over 24 hours, or even less if the temperatures are very warm.

    I’d suggest you make the dough the night before, leave it out at room temp all night, and in the morning before work, transfer to the refrigerator until you get home from work. Do this especially if it is summer and hot. Less important if it is winter and the house is unheated during the day.

    Enjoy!

  3. Sarah says:

    I was wondering about the 1 1/2 cups of flour that you add. How is this flour affect you if not ‘soaked’. What is the possibility of soaking this flour ahead of time with some of the water that is supposed to be added along with yogurt/kefir/buttermilk. Or is this flour end up being fine since it sours for several hours.

  4. Vicki says:

    I think the “sour” time is the same as “soaking” time… that once combined, the flour is soaking. Is that right?

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