Step #1: Preparing Your IngredientsPrevNext
- A pizza volcano has the same ingredients as any other pizza, with one flammable addition. Just use the sauce, cheese, and toppings of your choice. I used a tomato-based sauce so it would look more like lava erupting from the top, but other sauces could be fun too.
- You will need fresh pizza dough; I got mine at my local pizza place.
- The only additional ingredient that you will need is some alcoholic spirits. I used vodka because it was easy to pick up a little bottle of it at a nearby store, but sambuca also seems appropriate.
Step #2: Making Your PizzaPrevNext
- Grab a ball of dough and use a rolling pin or your hands to shape it into a circle about the size of a dinner plate.
- Instead of evenly spreading your sauce, cheese, and toppings, across the entire surface of the dough, pile them up in the middle. Try to place the highest point of your mountain in the very center of the dough. Be careful not to overfill it — it will puff up in the oven. You want just enough filling to make a nice little mound.
Step #3: Putting It All TogetherPrevNext
- Make another ball of dough into a circle approximately the same size as the first one. Carefully place it over the pizza you've made and press firmly all around the edges of the pizza.
- Press your fingers down into the center of the dough, about and inch or so, to make a shot glass-sized indentation. Fill the hole with sauce, and you can push some toppings in too if you like.
- Using a baking sheet or pizza stone, put your pizza volcano in the oven at 450ºF for 20 minutes, or until the outside of the dough starts to brown.
Step #4: Presenting Your Pizza VolcanoPrevNext
- Have a place ready to set your hot pizza volcano as soon as you take it out of the oven. Pour about half an ounce of alcohol into the center of the pizza and immediately light it on fire. Don't pour too much or it will drip out and the whole thing will catch fire when you light it.
- Stand back and enjoy the show.