California-Style Pizza



California-Style Pizza

  • Author: The Commish
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: Main


For the California pizza dough:

  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt


For the pizza sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano


For the pizza toppings:

  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 6 slices of deli ham, cut into strips
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 6 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup black olives, sliced


To prepare the California pizza dough:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, add the warm water and yeast. Allow to stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Add honey and olive oil. Add the flour, then the salt. Mix on low speed until well-combined. The dough will be sticky.
  3. Cover gently and store in a warm place until the dough doubles in volume.


To prepare the pizza sauce:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cup marinara, 1 minced garlic clove, 1/4 teaspoon oregano. Simmer over medium-low heat until the sauce is thick, about 10 minutes.


To prepare the pizza:

  1. Preheat the oven with a rack in the middle position to 415 degrees F.
  2. Drizzle 2 tablespoons olive oil onto a large baking sheet. Transfer the dough onto the baking sheet, turning until the dough is covered in oil. Roll the dough in the cooking sheet.
  3. Spread pizza sauce over the dough. Evenly distribute the cheese, ham, tomatoes, mushrooms, olives and onions.
  4. Bake until the crust is crisp and the toppings are cooked, about 20 minutes.