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How to Ball Pizza Dough and Shape Pizza

Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 12,859
edited June 2014 in EggHead Forum
I've seen quite a few pizza threads lately and wanted to post these links for those of you who haven't yet tried it. I found these two Tony Gemignani videos very helpful and thought some of you who are not yet familiar with the techniques might fine them useful as well.

Balling dough is a necessary skill whether you make your own dough or buy a bag of it from the grocery store or pizza shop. If you start with a round dough ball, you are almost certain to wind up with a round pizza. As if round tastes somehow better. :) Divide your dough into the portion size you prefer and ball it like this. 



Then refrigerate in individual containers or larger, multiple ball proofing trays. I use these 6 cup tubs, one per ball.

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IMPORTANT... Remove the dough ball from the fridge about two hours before forming the pizza. Otherwise, when you try to stretch it, it will snap back like a rubber band.

When it's time to shape the pie, follow these directions. I don't dip the dough in the flour/semolina mix as he demonstrates, just dust the dough ball with flour. I find the "back of the knuckles" method to be the easiest. He also demonstrates the use of a rolling pin starting at 4:17. You can stop watching then. 
:D




I hope some of you find this helpful. 

I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

                                                            …Unknown

Michael 
Central Connecticut 

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  • tarheelmatttarheelmatt Posts: 9,144
    Very good information.  I really need to practice more. 
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  • tarheelmatttarheelmatt Posts: 9,144
    Now see, he gotta show off around spinning it and stuff!  Lol.. I would love to be able to do that. 
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  • divecj5divecj5 Posts: 18
    Very informative.  Thanks for sharing!
    Charleston, SC // LBGE
  • smbishopsmbishop Posts: 1,959
    Thanks for sharing!
    Southlake, TX, Cowhouse Creek - Gatesville, TX
  • KtimKtim Posts: 364
    Great videos,Thanks, I need to practice!
    sumpter township Mi.
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 12,859
    Here's another balling/shaping video that I had bookmarked but forgot about. At the end, he stacks two dough rounds and shapes two pies at once. For those of you who cook multiple pies.


    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

                                                                …Unknown

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 16,839
    @Carolina Q‌ Michael man I dunno pinching balls and making butt cheeks and then spanking it. Ok if that's what has to be done for a great pizza. Dude this thing could go South by midnight...I'm just saying. >:)
    And to be honest I do it like Tony Gemignani and it works perfectly.
    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 16,839
    @Carolina Q‌ thanks! Time for a Pizza Party!
    Pizza Song: Pizza Party! (Official Music Video) -…:
    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 12,859
    LOL. Yeah, I wondered where the butt cheeks might go. Then again, around here we deal in butts, breasts and thighs every day without incident. Eh?


    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

                                                                …Unknown

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 16,839

    LOL. Yeah, I wondered where the butt cheeks might go. Then again, around here we deal in butts, breasts and thighs every day without incident. Eh?



    And then I had to nastify it. Sorry man. I'm a bad boy. Guess I need spanked like a dough ball.
    :))
    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 12,859
    Re "pizza party"... can i have my 15 seconds back? That's all I could take.

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

                                                                …Unknown

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 16,839
    The hits keep on coming @Carolina Q‌ :-)
    Armpit sweat for pizza dough-throwing contest:
    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 16,839
    edited June 2014
    Ok one last one and I promise I'm done (ok probably not :) ). Edited.
    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • stemc33stemc33 Posts: 3,567
    Thanks for the links @Carolina Q‌ I was just picking up some pizza at Papa John's on Wednesday and it was empty, so instead of waiting in the truck, I watched the pizza man stretch dough. Funny how simple things(not that I think stretching/tossing pizza dough is simple) fascinate us humans. I just couldn't believe how easy he made it look. I ask him a few questions on the art of making it round. He told me that the secret is making a bead than stretch or toss from there. Looked similar to the videos above. He didn't mention anything about the balling, but I did notice he started with what seemed to be perfect dough balls. This is getting funnier and funnier as I type because I know @NPHuskerFL‌ is already starting his ballin' jokes. But in all seriousness, this is an area I definitely need practice. Thanks
    Steven
    Mini Max with Woo stone combo, LBGE, iGrill 2, Plate Setter, 
    two cotton pot holders to handle PS
    Banner, Wyoming
  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 16,839
    @stemc33‌ if your dough ball is anything but round and tight you won't be getting that picture perfect round pie. After you've made a few dough balls it becomes easier.
    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • Thanks for sharing! 

    LGE in da house.

    Bucks County,  PA

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