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Marinated Olive Beer-Crust Pizza

A deliciously easy make-ahead pizza dinner that you will love! The dough, sauce and olives can all be prepped up to three days in advance. Enjoy!
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Course: Pizza
Servings: 2 -8 Pizzas


  • For the Beer Crust Pizza Dough
  • 12 ounces 340 g light-flavored beer or water, warm (100-110F, 38-43C)
  • 2 ounces 55 g water, warm (100-110F, 38-43C)
  • 4 teaspoons 12 g active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons 31.5 g honey
  • 4 cups 540 g all-purpose flour or bread flour
  • 1  tablespoons 14 g olive oil, plus more for the bowl
  • 1 tablespoon 18 g sea salt
  • For the Pizza Sauce
  • 15 ounce 425 g can of tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons 54 g olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons 9 g dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons 12 g sea salt
  • I garlic clove peeled and crushed
  • For the Marinated Olives
  • 1 can 6 oz/170 g California Black Olives, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons 36 g olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • For the Pizzas
  • Mozzarella parmesan cheese, small amounts of burrata...pick your favorite Italian cheeses and go for it
  • More Topping Ideas:
  • Purple onion pepperoni, prosciutto, tomatoes, sweet-hot peppers (LOVE), kale (really good with olives on pizza), fresh herbs, mushrooms...the possibilities are endless


  • For the Beer Crust Pizza Dough
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the beer, water, yeast and honey and let sit for 10 minutes until the yeast is floating at the top and looks foamy. Add in the flour and olive oil and stir to combine thoroughly, you don't want any dry bits of flour. Cover with a damp hand towel and let sit for 20 minutes. Add in the salt and run the mixer on medium high for 10 minutes or until the dough is sticking to the bottom of the bowl and slapping the sides. It should not be sticking to the sides of the bowl at the end of the 10 minutes. If it's sticking to the sides, add flour in 1 tablespoon increments. The dough should be smooth, soft, pliable and elastic; it will also be quite damp. Lightly grease a large bowl with olive oil and place the dough in there, turning once to make sure the topside has a light coating of olive oil. Cover tightly and stash in the fridge overnight and up to 3 days. *If not using an electric-stand mixer, see my note above in the Before We Get Started section about skipping the kneading step. You can only skip this step if you're going to rest the dough in the fridge for a day or more.
  • For the Pizza Sauce
  • For the pizza sauce, combine the tomato sauce, olive oil, oregano, salt and the crushed garlic clove in a medium, lidded, non-reactive container. Cover and stash in the fridge. When you're ready to make pizza, bring to room temperature before using. This will last up to 1 week in the fridge.
  • For the Marinated Olives
  • In a lidded container combine the olives, olive oil, oregano and sea salt. These can be made in advance (up to three days) of using or made the day you're making pizzas.
  • To Make The Pizzas
  • Preheat your oven to 500F (260C) and place a pizza stone, pizza steel or inverted, level baking sheet on the center rack of the oven. I like to preheat my oven for at least 1 hour prior to making pizza. Set your pizza sauce out on the counter to come to room temperature.
  • Equally divide the pizza dough up depending on how many pizzas you want to make (2-8). Roll each piece of the divided dough into a tight, compact ball. Set on a lightly floured surface and lightly dust the tops with flour. Lay a clean hand towel over the top. Let rest for about 1 hour or until the dough is no longer cool to the touch; may take longer depending on ambient temperature. Once they are no longer cool, gently stretch the dough into pizza rounds. Cut sheets of parchment paper the size of each pizza dough round, lightly dust with flour and set the dough on top. The parchment makes it easier to get the pizzas in and out of the oven.
  • Cover each pizza in a light coating of pizza sauce, cover with some cheese (not too much), some California Black Olives (either whole or torn, I like the look of the latter) and then bake in the center of the oven for about 10 minutes. Some ovens will take a minute or two less, some ovens a minute or two more. You want there to be some dark charred spots on the top of the crust and the bottom should be firm and crispy. Let sit for 3 minutes (this lets the cheese set a bit) and then cut and serve!
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