If you’ve ever been to Rhode Island or grew up here, you know what a pizza strip is. It’s crunchy and chewy pizza that is topped only with red sauce and sometimes grated cheese. It’s found mostly in bakeries and is a bit sweet and super delicious!
I am no chef, although I wish I played one on TV. 🙂 I just like to experiment in my kitchen and if all goes well, I’ll keep it in my dinner rotation.
- 1 pound of fresh pizza dough
- ¼ cup olive oil (this will be divided. Some for sauce mixture, some for bottom of pan)
- 1 16 oz. can crushed tomatoes or 2 cups of homemade pasta sauce (this works if it's all you have)
- 1 TBSP white sugar
- 1 TBSP fresh grated Parmesan cheese
- Couple of shakes of garlic powder
- Couple of shakes of dried oregano
- ½ TSP of salt
- Black pepper to taste (not too much!)
- Cookie sheet for baking
- Be sure to let your fresh pizza dough rise for a couple of hours before making pizza.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl, combine crushed tomatoes (or homemade pasta sauce), ⅛ cup of olive oil, sugar, cheese, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper. Make sure everything is incorporated and distributed evenly.
- Put the remaining olive oil on the cookie sheet covering completely.
- Roll out dough and position to fit inside cookie sheet. Be sure to give yourself a little crust along the edges.
- Prick the dough with a fork to prevent it from bubbling.
- Top the dough with your sauce mixture. Smear it on evenly and close to the edges as you would with normal pizza. You can also sprinkle cheese on the sauce before cooking too if you'd like.
- Bake at 400 degrees on the middle rack for 15-17 minutes.
- Let cool, then cut in strips or squares.
This pizza is delicious for lunch, to take to the beach, to serve at a party or just for any ol’ day.
I hope this works out for you as well as it did for me! Mangia!