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Boat Shaped Pizza

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Boat-shaped pizza is the dish I tried while visiting Turkey not so long time ago. At first, I thought how an unusual dish that is unique in its appearance, but later I discovered that the Greeks have their version. 

This pizza served in Turkey and Greece has different toppings than we are usually used to; the Turkish pizza is made with ground beef, while the Greek pizza is made with classic Greek cheese, called kasseri. 

Unlike traditional Italian pizza, these are also very different in the terms of dough thickness. While the Italian pizza has a thin crust, Turkish and Greek pizza have a fluffier and thicker base.

If you think the calzone pizza may be like boat-shaped pizza, well guess again – the boat-shaped pizza I am making today is inspired by the Turkish and Greek versions, has nothing with the Italian pizza when it comes to crust, and it is perfect for those who enjoy pizza with more crust and more filling. 

What Is So Special About This Pizza?

You are probably thinking why I am posting this recipe; this pizza is a must-try. I know not many enjoy a pizza with a thick crust, but this one is pillowy and so addictive.

I enjoy the thick crusts because in these I can taste a bit of the yeast that is used to make the dough airy, and when this flavor is paired with the flavor of the toppings, you will get something amazing.

This pizza has a rustic feeling in the terms of appearance and flavor, and if you are looking for something new, then this is your thing.

How To Make Boat-Shaped Pizza

As with any pizza, you need to make your dough or pizza base. It starts with flour, some salt, yeast, sugar, and water. Whisk together the flour and salt.

In a separate bowl, combine yeast with sugar and some lukewarm water. Once the yeast is nicely developed and bubbly, add the yeast along with the rest of the water into the flour.

Knead the dough until smooth and let it rise. Punch down the dough after doubled in size and divide it into portions.

I divided my dough into two portions, but you can divide it into four, so every person can have their pizza. Now, this is the part where the path turns to the other side, when making Italian pizza we usually roll it out into a circle.

For the boat-shaped pizza, we shape the dough into an ellipse. Take the end parts and pinch them together. The pinch size should be at least 2-inches long to prevent the pizza ends from opening.

You can also smear the tomato paste and add the topping before shaping the ends, but this will make your pizza a bit messy.

I did that with these pizzas, made two in different ways, and one came with a bit smeared edges and it was harder to pinch the edges correctly because of the tomato sauce. 

Top your pizza with desired toppings and bake it in the oven. 

Which Toppings To Use

I made two pizzas:

  • Tomato sauce, mushrooms, and parmesan
  • Mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, fresh cherry tomatoes, and egg on top

Besides these, you can add anything your heart desires!

How To Elevate Your Boat-Shaped Pizza

This pizza is just perfect, but if you are thinking to elevate it, I have a good trick for you. I love pizza with stuffed crust, so this can be applied here too. You will have enough dough to pull it a bit more without ruining your pizza shape.

Once you stretch your pizza, sprinkle some cheese around the edges and just fold the dough over the pizza. Do not add cheese to the points where you will be pinching your dough.

This is a simple and fun trick to make cheesy crust and enjoy the pizza with each bite.

Boat Shaped Pizza Recipe

Preparation time: 1 hour

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serve: 2 pizzas

Ingredients:

For the dough:

  • 12 oz flour
  • 6 oz water
  • 2 tbsp active yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt

Toppings:

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 4 oz pepperoni
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup tomato sauce or pizza sauce
  • Italian herbs, as desired

Instructions:

1. Make the dough; combine yeast, sugar, and ¼ cup of water in a small bowl. Set the yeast aside for 5 minutes.

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk flour and salt. Pour in the yeast and add the remaining water.

3. Stir the mixture until the dough comes together. 

4. Knead the dough until smooth and let it rise for 1 hour. 

5. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

6. Divide the dough into two equal parts. Roll out the dough into an ellipse, about ¼-inch thick. 

7. Pinch the ends and gently fold the sides so you have a boat shape. 

8. Spread the pizza sauce over the crust. Top both pizzas with desired toppings.

9. Bake the pizza in heated oven for 20 minutes.

10. Serve warm.

Boat Shaped Pizza

Boat Shaped Pizza

Yield: 2 pizzas
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

This recipe is perfect for family pizza night or any time the craving hits you!

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 12 oz flour
  • 6 oz water
  • 2 tbsp active yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt

Toppings:

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 4 oz pepperoni
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup tomato sauce or pizza sauce
  • Italian herbs, as desired

Instructions

  1. Make the dough; combine yeast, sugar, and ¼ cup of water in a small bowl. Set the yeast aside for 5 minutes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk flour and salt. Pour in the yeast and add the remaining water.
  3. Stir the mixture until the dough comes together. 
  4. Knead the dough until smooth and let it rise for 1 hour. 
  5. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Divide the dough into two equal parts. Roll out the dough into an ellipse, about ¼-inch thick. 
  7. Pinch the ends and gently fold the sides so you have a boat shape. 
  8. Spread the pizza sauce over the crust. Top both pizzas with desired toppings.
  9. Bake the pizza in heated oven for 20 minutes.
  10. Serve warm.

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