Eateries in and around Old Forge, a suburb of Scranton, Pa. specialize in pies that sport a thick crust topped with red sauce and mild cheese. Several years ago, a version of this recipe was posted on the internet, to which the owner of the far-famed Victory Pig pizzeria replied, "You have no clue of how my grandmother and grandfather made our pizza.… The real recipe will go to the grave with me!" So, this is NOT the genuine article, but it makes a pretty good facsimile to the rich, oily pizza that has made Victory Pig a local legend.
Old Forge-Style Victory Pig Pizza
For the Dough:
- 2 packages dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2½ cup sifted all-purpose flour
- ½ cup olive oil and more
For the Topping:
- 1 (16-oz) can whole tomatoes
- 1 large sweet onion, sliced as thin as possible
- 8 oz shredded Muenster cheese
- Salt, pepper, oregano to taste,, oregano to taste
Proof the yeast by mixing the two packets with ½ cup of the warm water. When foamy, combine it with the rest of the water, the sugar, salt and flour. Knead the dough on a floured board a good 5 minutes, until smooth and silky, adding flour if necessary to keep it from getting sticky. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover and let it rise 1 hour.
Coat a half-size cookie sheet (18"x13") with the ½ cup of oil, using even more if necessary to make sure the whole sheet and the sides are fully and thickly coated.
Punch the dough down and hand stretch it until it is about the size of the cookie sheet. (If you try to pat it into the sheet, the oil will encourage it to shrink up too much. Place it into the sheet and let it rise again 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Brush the top of the dough liberally with more oil, then spread half the cheese over the dough. Hand-crush the tomatoes so they still are fairly chunky and spread them over the cheese. Top the tomatoes with the sliced onions, then add the remaining cheese and salt, pepper and oregano to taste.
Bake 20-25 minutes until crust is golden brown. Cut into squares to serve.
Serves 4 to 6. Makes 1 (18x13-inch) pizza. to 6. Makes 1 (18x13-inch) pizza.