Greek pizza

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Greek pizza
Greek pizza.jpg
Place of origin
Greece, United States
Region or state
New England
Main ingredients
Pizza dough, cheese, tomato sauce
Variations Greek-style toppings
Cookbook:Greek pizza  Greek pizza

Greek pizza can refer to either of two styles of pizza.[1]

One usage refers to a pizza with typically (or stereotypically) Greek ingredients as toppings.[2] These include toppings such as feta cheese, olives (e.g., Kalamata), onion, tomato, green bell pepper, gyros meat[3] and spinach, but often lack any tomato sauce.[4] These pizzas can be found across the United States but are not as popular in Greece itself.

The other usage refers mainly more to a style of pizza crust and its preparation, rather than its toppings.[5] This style is baked in a pan, instead of directly on the bricks of the pizza oven, (as is more traditional for Italian pizza).[5] The pan used is a shallow pan, in-contrast to the deep pans used in Chicago-style deep dish pizza. The pan is heavily oiled with olive oil.[6] It has a crust that is usually chewy and puffy, almost like focaccia bread but not as thick.[7] The crust is also rather oily, due to the heavily oiled pan used for the cooking process.[5][8] The sauce is typical zesty, with a strong taste of basil.[9] The sauce amounts are greater, relative to the light amounts of cheese placed on the pizza. The cheese itself is typically, (but not always), a blend of mozzarella and cheddar.

This style of pizza is referred to as "Greek pizza" even when it has non-Greek toppings, since it is typical of pizzerias owned by Greek immigrants. (These pizzas are similar to the pizzas served in Italian-style restaurants in Greece itself.) These establishments often also sell Greek specialties, such as Greek salads and gyros, and tend to brand themselves as "Pizza and Pasta" or as a "House of Pizza"; a code signifying that it is not an Italian restaurant, but a Greek restaurant serving Italian-style food. In the United States, the latter usage is common in New England cuisine.[5]

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  1. ^ http://library.thinkquest.org/06aug/02299/pizza.htm
  2. ^ McNair, James (2000). James McNair's New Pizza: Foolproof Techniques and Fabulous Recipes. Chronicle Books. p. 43. ISBN 0811823644. Retrieved November 2012. 
  3. ^ Pizza menu noting: 7. Greek Isle Black olives, feta, fresh tomatoes, onions, gyro meat, light oregano, mozzarella
  4. ^ Cheney, Susan Jane (May 1992). "Pizza! An American Pie". Vegetarian Times. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d Levine, Ed (2011). Serious Eats: A Comprehensive Guide to Making & Eating Delicious Food Wherever You Are. Random House Digital, Inc. p. 99. ISBN 030772087X. Retrieved November 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.yummly.com/recipes/greek-style-pizza-crust
  7. ^ http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives/2011/08/the-pizza-lab-how-to-make-new-england-greek-style-pizza-at-home.html
  8. ^ http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/08/new-england-greek-style-pizza.html
  9. ^ http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/404325