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Brazilian-Style Thai Chicken Pizza with Bean Sprouts and Peanut Sauce

Makes two 12-inch pizzas

30 hours 45 minutes active

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In São Paulo, Brazil, where reportedly half the population of more than 12 million is of Italian descent, pizza reigns supreme. An estimated 1 million pies are served up each day at the 6,000 or so pizzerias across the South American metropolis. But whereas Neapolitan pizza is defined by restraint and exacting standards, we learned firsthand that Brazilian pizza is made with an anything-goes attitude, resulting in some uniquely delicious pies. The crust of the typical São Paulo pizza is thicker than that of Neapolitan pizza so it provides good support for generous toppings, whatever they may be. And though crisp on the bottom, it tends to be rather soft and tender. The sauce is almost always made from fresh tomatoes, uncooked and seasoned sparingly. To re-create São Paulo-style pizza crust, we found that unbleached all-purpose flour yielded the best results (in particular, Gold Medal brand, which has a protein content of about 10.5 percent). And to develop flavor as well as achieve the texture we sought, we allow the dough to rise at room temperature for a couple hours, then refrigerate it for 24 to 72 hours. It is all easy to do, but keep in mind that it does require some planning. This surprisingly tasty fusion pizza is based on one we enjoyed at Bráz Elettrica in São Paulo. You’ll need shredded cooked chicken for topping the pies. A store-bought rotisserie chicken is an easy option; one average-size bird yields about 3 cups meat, just enough for the recipe.

Makes two

12-inch pizzas


Don’t try to shape the dough while it’s cold. It will be elastic and resist stretching. Give it ample time to come to room temperature, which will take about 4 hours. As it loses its chill, be sure to keep the dough covered with plastic wrap to ensure the surface doesn’t dry out. Also, don’t use cherry tomatoes for the sauce. We found them to be too jelly-like after chopping and draining.

30 hours

45 minutes active

For the dough

  • 520

    grams (4 cups) all-purpose flour, plus more as needed and for dusting


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