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Ruth Gresser

Pizzeria Paradiso Georgetown

www.eatyourpizza.com  

Owner and chef Ruth Gresser grew up cooking with her mother, who owned a catering business in Baltimore, Md. Ms. Gresser cooked her way through Grinnell College in Iowa before moving to San Francisco, where she cooked for several years at Friends a Cafe and at Le Trou Robert. In 1987, she graduated summa cum laude from Madeleine Kamman's Classical and Modern French Cooking School in Glen, NH. She then moved to Washington, DC, where she has helped open four popular restaurants: Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont Circle, Pizzeria Paradiso Georgetown, Blue Plate and Obelisk. Ms. Gresser has been the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, including the Women's Chefs and Restaurateurs Madeleine Kamman Scholarship and a guest chef appearance at Alice Waters' renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA. She has also been profiled in The Washington Post Magazine, The Washington Business Journal and by Georgetown University Television. Ms. Gresser has been a chef demonstrator, contributor and panelist for The Smithsonian Institution and for FreshFarm Markets in Washington, DC. She is a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier and Women Chefs and Restaurateurs.

How to Make Pizza

Pizza expert Ruth Gresser demonstrates how to make pizza.

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How to Make Pizza

Ingredients

1 lb Flour
10 oz Water
1 tsp Yeast
1 tbsp Salt
1 tbsp Oil
3 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp Garlic
1/2 tsp Oregano
5 Tomatoes
1 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Parsley

1 tsp Honey (optional)

Instructions

1. Dump the flour on the counter and create a well in the center. Pour in water that is 100 degrees F.


2. Sprinkle the yeast on top and mix the yeast into the water. Let it sit for a few minutes.


3. Add the oil and salt and mix them into the water and the yeast.


4. Gently mix the flour into the yeast mixture.


5. Start kneading the dough. Take a portion of the dough that's farthest away, and fold it over the front portion and then push away with the heel of your hand. Knead for about 10 minutes or until you have a nice smooth dough.


6. Put the dough to rise in a bowl, cover it with a little plastic or a tea towel and leave it out to rise. It will take about two to three hours or you can refrigerate the dough and let it go overnight.


7. When the dough has finished rising, put some flour down on the counter and take the dough out of the bowl. Knead the dough and then cut pieces of the pizza dough into even size pieces and shape it into balls.


8. Put the dough balls onto a floured flat surface, like a plate, and then cover it and let it rise for another hour or so.


9.  Flatten the dough and press all of the air out of the pizza and then take a rolling pin and roll it and turn it and roll it again until the dough is flattened.


10. For the tomato sauce, cook the oregano and the garlic for a minute. Dice five medium size peeled and seeded tomatoes. Add them to the pan and let the sauce cook for 5 minutes. Add the salt and parsley to finish the sauce.


11. Put the tomato sauce onto the pizza dough as well as any additional toppings.


12. Turn your oven to its highest setting and place the pizza on a pizza stone or preheated pan to simulate a wood-burning oven.
 

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Hi, I am Ruth Gresser from Pizzeria Paradiso in Washington D.C. Here at Pizzeria Paradiso we make Neapolitan-style pizza in a wood burning oven. We have become known over the years for making the best pizza in Washington D.C. and some say the best pizza this side of Naples.

Today I am going to teach you to make pizza. For me, the most important thing about pizza is its crust. I like to think of pizza basically as bread, a flat bread, and you put other foods on top of the bread to garnish the bread and then its cooked together, but the crust should always come through. I think pizza is just a great food. It combines starch, protein and vegetables altogether, so its a meal in itself. The best part about pizza is you can pick it up and eat it with your fingers.

So, today since the pizza crust is so important to me, I'm going to actually make two kinds of crusts for you; a white crust and a whole wheat crust. I'm going to make a couple of tomato sauces for you, and also put a few pies together so you will have a large array of different kinds of pizza to choose from. In order to this, on the simple side, all you will need is a pan, a knife, a pizza peel, a dough cutter, a stainless steel bowl, and a cutting board. So, let's get started, the first thing we will make is the pizza dough by hand.

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WOW!! by frappe at 01/27/09 06:22PM Flag

I didnt think it was possible! I actually followed your steps and came out with an awesome pizza!! I am starting to think that there is nothing I cant do! LOL. Thank you so much for the easy step by step videos! One question, how long to cook them for in a 550 degree oven?? Thanks again!! :) Shawn

Fantastic Pizza! by pizzatherapy at 03/20/08 08:29PM Flag

Hey Ruth, on behalf of pizza lovers everywhere, I want to thank you for your great pizza videos. You give simple step by step instructions which are very clear. These pizza recipe is easy to replicate in any home kitchen. The "well" technique is one I have used to make pasta dough but not pizza dough. It works great. Please keep on spreading the word about pizza. Hey can I get a slice? pizza on earth, albert grande pizzatherapy.com

Is it really that easy? Cont'd by howieneon at 02/17/08 01:04PM Flag

places to pick up my first pizza stone and peel. How fun! Anyhow.. Wish me luck! Howie Cohen, aka The King of Neon www.justneon.com

Is it really that easy? by howieneon at 02/17/08 01:03PM Flag

Hi Ruth! I hope that you will read this comment. Well.. my wife thinks I have offically lost it. The only thing I know how to make is RESERVATIONS! Believe it or not, I am actually going to try to make this pizza. When I came home from the grocery story the other day I exclaimed that I bought something for my wife. It actully was for me... a packet of yeast! How funny! Anyhow, I am going to try this perhaps today. I also am actually going to one of the Bed, Bath and other stuff plac howieneon

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