With a thicker and sweeter dough, Cuban Pizza is cheesy and delectable.
This traditional Cuban sandwich pizza recipe, also known as Pizza Cubana, is simple to make with only a few simple ingredients.
It’s my go-to supper when I’m in the need for something warm and comforting.
You don’t have to go on vacation to enjoy a slice of this Cuban Pizza, which is popular in both Havana and Miami. You can have a freshly made Cuban-style pizza from your personal oven in less than an hour.
WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT PIZZA CUBANA?
The crust on Cuban pizza is distinctive. This pizza’s crust is thicker, slightly sweeter, and more bread-like than other pizzas. The Pizza Cubana is a pizza version of a Cuban sandwich. It has spicy ham, chorizo, or pepperoni, as well as melty Swiss cheese and onions.
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INGREDIENTS & SUBSTITUTES
- Yeast: For this recipe, I used dried active yeast, but you can also use quick yeast.
- Sugar: The crust on Cuban-style pizza is slightly sweet. This recipe can be made with either brown or white sugar.
- All-purpose Flour: For this recipe, plain all-purpose flour is preferable. You can use gluten-free flour if you prefer.
- Olive Oil: The best oil to use is high-quality olive oil, but you may also use canola or vegetable oil.
- Tomato Sauce: For this dish, use bottled tomato sauce or pizza sauce. Even better if you have your own tomato sauce.
- Swiss Cheese: Swiss cheese is required for a true Cuban pizza. Instead than buying pre-shredded, we recommend shredding it yourself.
- This dish can be made with any onion you have on hand. Onions, both white and yellow, give a lot of taste. Try caramelizing your onions for added flavor.
- Ham, chorizo sausage, or pepperoni: For this pizza, you can use ham, chorizo, or pepperoni. Cut whole sausages into small pieces if using whole sausages.
HOW TO MAKE PIZZA CUBANA
STEP 1: MAKE THE PIZZA CRUST
- In a small bowl, combine yeast, sugar, and warm water. Allow 5-10 minutes for foam to form.
- Combine flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Toss the dry ingredients with the olive oil and yeast mixture. With a wooden spoon, combine the ingredients until the dough barely begins to come together.
- Hand-knead the dough for 5 minutes, or until it’s soft and elastic. In a greased mixing bowl, place the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and let aside for 30 minutes, or until it has doubled in size.
STEP 2: ASSEMBLE THE PIZZA
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Using olive oil, grease a 9-inch round baking pan. In the pan, place the dough. By gradually flattening the dough ball, you can stretch it. Poke holes in the dough with a fork all over the surface.
- Olive oil should be brushed on the dough. Distribute the tomato sauce evenly over the top.
- Spread the swiss cheese evenly across the surface.
- On top of the cheese, layer sliced onions and cubed beef.
STEP 3: BAKE THE PIZZA
- Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the crust has turned golden brown.
- Transfer the pizza to a chopping board after removing it from the oven.
- Garnish with parsley or basil, if desired. Slice and serve right away.
TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST CUBAN PIZZA
- When working with yeast, use warm water; too hot water will kill the yeast.
- If desired, you can prepare the crust ahead of time and freeze it in freezer-safe wrap. You can easily thaw your crust, put together your toppings, and bake a quick evening dinner this way.
- Because the dough is thicker, the pizza will take longer to bake than a standard pizza.
HOW TO MAKE CUBAN PIZZA DOUGH?
It’s simple to make dough for Pizza Cubana. To begin, combine active dry yeast, sugar, and warm water in a mixing bowl and set aside for 10 minutes. Combine the yeast, dry ingredients, and olive oil in a mixing bowl and knead until the dough is soft and elastic. Allow for 30 minutes of rising time by placing the dough in a covered basin. It should be able to double in size.
TOPPING IDEAS FOR PIZZA CUBANA
Diced ham, sausage, or pepperoni are popular toppings for Cuban pizza. Seafood, such as shrimp or lobster, can also be added. The most common cheese used in Pizza Cubana is Swiss, but other cheeses such as Gouda or mozzarella may also be used. Serve with chopped parsley as a garnish.
WHAT TO EAT WITH CUBAN PIZZA
1) Baked Pasta. While a’standard’ macaroni and cheese would probably go well with today’s pizzas, I believe a little ‘upscale’ style pasta bake would be simply fantastic.
2) Jalapeno Poppers and/or Onion Rings. In my opinion, this is a match made in heaven. Stuffed jalapenos with cream cheese, garlic, and parsley then fried on the stovetop would be great. Also, if you’ve never made homemade onion rings, it’s a lot easier than you think — and no deep fryer is required. You can find the recipes here.Print
Frequently Asked Questions
What is in Cuban pizza?
Diced ham, sausage, or pepperoni are popular toppings for Cuban pizza. Seafood, such as shrimp or lobster, can also be added. The most common cheese used in Pizza Cubana is Swiss, but other cheeses such as Gouda or mozzarella may also be used
Is pizza popular in Cuba?
They’re not the only Cuban pizzerias in town, either. Cuban pizza has become common in Miami since the city’s Cuban exile community settled there more than 50 years ago.
What is Miami pizza?
Cuban pizza is another name for this Miami-only cuisine. The ingredients are cooked into the pie, which is served atop a thick, doughy crust with an abundance of mozzarella and gouda cheese
What makes Cuban pizza different?
The crust and sauce separate Cuban pizza from other types of pizza. The crust is thicker than on other pizzas, and the sauce is slightly sweeter. This is not a gourmet pizza style; rather, it is basic, comfortable, and approachable. The variety of toppings (some of which are baked into the pie!)
What’s the difference between Cuban pizza and regular pizza?
Without the toppings, a Cuban pizza is very similar to a standard American-Italian pizza. At the end of the day, it’s just dough, sauce, and cheese. … A Cuban pizza has not one, but two types of cheese: mozzarella and Gouda.
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