Regular vs. Thin-Crust Pizza: Where the Difference Lies
If you’re a pizza lover (like most of the people I know), then you’ll know that not all pizzas are created equal. No matter how much you love pizza, there will be some that you like more than others. And the differences among people in terms of pizza preference begin with the crust.
There are people who prefer regular pizza and there are those who swear by the thin-crust variety. If you’re one of those who don’t care one way or the other as long as you get your pizza fix, you may be interested to know why people are debating whether regular or thin-crust is better. Does the thickness of the crust really make a difference? Let’s find out.
Other than the obvious (regular pizza has a thicker crust), perhaps the biggest difference between a regular and thin-crust pizza is that thin-crust is a lot crispier throughout the pizza. With regular pizza, the edges of the crust are typically crisp and puffy, but the rest of it is typically soft and bready. Considering this, it may be safe to say that people who prefer regular pizza are partial to bready dough whereas those who swear by thin-crust want their pizza crisp throughout.
If your curiosity as regards the difference between regular and thin-crust pizza goes beyond the obvious, you may be interested to know that these two types of pizza crust differ in the way they are prepared and baked as well. The thicker crust is also known as deep dish or Chicago-style pizza whereas thin-crust is also known as New York-style pizza. Now, on to the differences in preparation and baking…
When you make thin-crust pizza, you give the dough a lot of time to rest, thereby making the yeast less active. This is why the dough barely rises when it is baked. When you make thick-crust pizza, you go directly from the making-and-shaping to the baking of the dough. The yeast is still very active, so the dough rises a lot. Another difference is that thin-crust dough is typically stretched or tossed whereas thick-crust dough is just pressed onto the pan. Of course, baking time is also a lot shorter for thin-crust pizza.
Enjoying Thin-Crust Pizza
There are no hard and fast rules as regards eating pizza, and you can enjoy your pizza treat any way you like it. But if you’re a bit adventurous and are wondering if there are better ways to enjoy pizza than the way you’re eating it, then you may want to check out the following tips, especially if you’re a thin-crust pizza addict.
- Less is more.
You may be a meat lover, but when you eat thin-crust pizza, it’s not really advisable to choose a variety with loads of meat on it. Why? Well, meat is heavy, right? So when you’ve got about ten different types of meat on top of a very thin crust, you know what’s going to happen. It’s going to be messy! You’ll enjoy your thin-crust so much more if you went with a simple variant with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni or perhaps Hungarian sausage. It’s not the number of ingredients, but the taste that matters.
2. Fold a slice in half.
If you don’t like the fact that the edge of the crust no longer has any toppings, then this is a trick you’d definitely appreciate. Using a fork or knife, scrape some of the toppings towards the edge of the crust and then fold the slice in half, thereby creating a pizza sandwich of sorts. This way, you get to enjoy every last bite of your pizza.
3. Eat it while it’s hot.
The most common reason why people like thin-crust pizza is the crispness of the crust. Note that the crust will become less crisp as it cools. This is why it is generally a good idea to eat your thin-crust pizza while it’s hot. You may want to wait a few minutes after it comes out of the oven so as not to burn your tongue, but don’t wait until all the heat is gone.
Thin-crust, thick-crust. Sometimes it doesn’t really matter. Pizza has always been and probably will always be a favorite treat all over the world. Your choice of crust and toppings ultimately boils down to personal preference. But at least now you have some idea as regards the differences between regular and thin-crust pizza, and you know how to enjoy the treat more. What are you waiting for? Dig in!