Created in New Zealand, this Four Cheese pizza is a very tasty pizza worth making at home.
Baked with love, the following pizza gives a appetizing flavor, coupled with a utopian scent to enjoy.
Make sure to always use the freshest toppings and add them to the perfect crust for you and family to savor a scrumptious homemade pizza feast.
In the mood for a pizza using a Tomato sauce? Scroll down to be hungry!
Pizza is not just a delicious food, it’s an experience. Whether it’s a classic Margherita pizza with a crispy crust, or a loaded pizza with all your favorite toppings, there’s something for everyone to love.
Pizza is the perfect food to share with friends and family, whether you’re having a casual night in or a big celebration. The best part about pizza is that it’s so versatile, you can have it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and it will always hit the spot.
Pizza also offers a good source of protein, carbs, and different kinds of nutrients depending on the toppings you choose. It’s a perfect balanced food option and can be tailored to suit a variety of dietary needs. So go ahead, indulge in a slice (or two) of pizza and let yourself enjoy the deliciousness that is a perfect pizza.
Pizza in New Zealand
Naples-style pizza is very popular throughout New Zealand, with a crunchy, crispy crust with a selection of toppings that are local from New Zealand, as well as imported Aged Cheeses and Meats.
Take a look at some of the other pizzas from New Zealand here.
Four Cheeses Pizza Recipe
Below we’ve created a recipe for you to make a delicious homemade Four Cheeses Pizza using a wood fired pizza oven or your usual oven.
Four Cheeses Pizza Ingredients
Choose enough of the toppings that you will need for the amount of pizzas you plan to make. The pizza sauce and dough ingredients below are designed for 3-4 pizzas, so scale up or down, based on your requirements.
Simple Pizza dough
- 250 ml (1 cup) lukewarm water
- 2 2/3 cups (400 grams) 00 fine flour
- 7 grams (2 tsps) dried yeast
- 1/4 cup (3 tbsp) olive oil
- 2 tsps salt
Four Cheeses Pizza Toppings
Toppings used in this pizza recipe, are;
- Pecorino Cheese
Tomato Pizza Sauce
- 1 can (15oz/420g) crushed or diced tomatoes
- 1 small can (6oz/170g) tomato paste
- Two garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp dried Italian herbs
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 small brown onion
Want to try a different sauce? See our article on the different types of pizza sauces.
You can click on any of the tags at the bottom of this page, to find other pizzas besides Four Cheeses Pizza, that use that topping.
Pizza Dough Method
You can purchase a premade pizza base at your local shop or make your own dough following the simple steps below.
- Whisk yeast and lukewarm water in a jug. Leave sitting for roughly five minutes.
- Add flour and salt in a large bowl. Create a well in the centre of the flour. Pour in the liquid yeast mixture and the oil.
- Using dough mixer or hands, gently mix dough until smooth. Place pizza dough on a lightly floured work surface and then knead by hand for five minutes.
- Lightly oil a bowl, and place mixture in and cover with plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place to rise until the dough doubles in size.
- Pour dough mix out onto a clean, floured surface. Now hand knead gently for another five minutes.
- Divide dough mixture into equal sized balls. Hand stretch or roll out the bases to the expected size.
- Spread some flour on kitchen bench before rolling, in order to prevent sticking.
TIP: We have other dough recipes if you would like to try your hand at sourdough, poolish or more.
Tomato Pizza Sauce Method
Making your own pizza sauce is not only easy but also more delicious. Simply follow the steps provided.
- Blend all sauce ingredients in a large bowl.
- Mix well using a whisk, or blender.
- Leave sitting for five minutes.
- Your pizza sauce is now ready to use.
- You can keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
The sauce can be refrigerated for up to 5 days, ensuring you have a fresh sauce ready whenever you need it.
Preparing Four Cheeses Pizza
Preheat your kitchen oven to approximately 500 degrees.
Roll out the dough to either slightly smaller than your pizza stone (if you have one) or on a metal tray for the kitchen oven.
Alternatively, if you have a pizza oven, roll out to be smaller than your pizza peel.
First, spread the sauce around. This pizza calls for Tomato Sauce. Spread the Tomato Sauce evenly using the back of a large spoon or the blunt side of a knife.
You should start by adding the largest ingredients, then work your way down. The last is any cheese topping, such as Mozzarella, which you should evenly cover the other toppings with, and then finally any herbs.
The toppings to include on this pizza are;
- Pecorino Cheese
Whilst this pizza is flavorsome by itself, yet why not with another pizza variety?
Put the Four Cheeses pizza in the middle of your oven (on a stone if you have one) and set timer for 10 minutes.
After roughly 10 minutes, check on the pizza.
Pizza should be ready within 15 minutes. However, allow it to cook to personal taste.
About Pecorino Cheese
Pecorino was named 2,000 years ago from the Italian word pecora, which means “sheep.” Although known as the firm, hard cheese available from most stores, Pecorino actually covers all Italian cheeses that are made from ewe’s milk.
Pecorino is available in Italy in three main classifications that are based on how long the individual cheeses have been aged. They are fresco, semi-stagionato and stagionato.
When making Four Cheeses Pizza, I suggest you just use what you have available, without spending any money. My recommended basic pizza tool list is…
The one pizza tool everyone should own. There are a few varieities to choose from, see how to cut pizza for more.
A pizza stone is a great way to up your pizza game at home. Read more about cooking with a Pizza Stone.
Leftovers need to go somewhere, and I hate using lots of plastic wrap or alfoil. I prefer good air tight clear containers for my fridge.
A different type of topping that you may want to consider adding is provolone. Not only does provolone add an extra layer of flavor, it also has numerous health benefits associated with it.
Provolone cheese is made from cow’s milk and comes in two varieties: aged and young. The aged variety has a sharper flavor while the younger one is milder. Provolone adds great depth of flavor while keeping pizzas light and airy thanks to its low fat content and smooth texture.
Here are some interesting facts about pizza.
The most popular pizza cheese
You guessed it! Mozzarella is one of the most popular pizza toppings around the world, no matter what country you are in.
In 2020, over 377,000 tons of frozen pizza were sold in Germany.
Largest pizza delivery
The largest pizza delivery was organised by Pizzas 4 Patriots (USA), who sent 30,000 pizzas with DHL Express to the United States Armed Forces, in Kandahar Airfield, Bagram Airbase and Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, on 4 July 2012. The 12 inch pizzas were made by Great Kitchens, Inc. in Illinois in June 2012.
Keen on seeing more than Four Cheeses pizza? We have plenty of other Vegetarian pizza recipes to look at, as well. Enjoy!
Pizza making FAQ
Hope to make fantastic pizza at home? Here are some expert answers to some of the most Frequently asked questions.
Can I use stevia when making pizza dough?
It isn’t advised to use any sugar substitutes in your dough. They often won’t feed the yeast and they have a different burning level than normal sugars. You can try of course, however you’ve been warned.
When is pepperoni pizza day?
Pepperoni Pizza day is officially 20 September, however you should also note that this style of pizza is an American invention, and not Italian. It is likely to only really be celebrated in the USA.
Can I use the pan that came in the stove for making pizza?
Possibly, however I always recommend using a pizza stone in your typical kitchen oven, rather than an oven pan. Most oven pans have high sides, and make it hard for the base to get cooked through thoroughly. A pizza stone solves this issue. Short answer? Try it and see!
Have you made Four Cheeses Pizza?
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