Using the best cheese is paramount in pizza making. Plus, making a careful choice is sure to delight your taste buds and maybe even give you a cheese pull that is Instagram worthy. A quick walk down your local grocery store’s aisle offers mozzarella, cheddar, Colby, Ricotta, goat, and more. But which one is perfect for your home-made pizza?
There are a lot of science-y things that go in to finding the perfect cheese for a pizza, including the cheese’s elasticity, free oil, moisture, water activity and baking temperature. As pizza connoisseurs, we put together a list of the absolute best pizza cheeses available so you can make the perfect pie!
When you think pizza, Mozzarella is probably the first thing that comes to mind. It’s got a light flavor and creamy texture that makes it a hugely popular choice. If you want to use a blend of cheeses on your homemade pizza, Mozzarella makes an excellent base.
Low-Moisture Mozzarella Versus High-Moisture Mozzarella
While mozzarella is an excellent choice for pizzas, it’s important to pick up the right kind. For example, a high-moisture Mozzarella can make your pizza a little soggy, so consider a low-moisture option instead. This will have a more intense flavor and melts easier. Pick a whole milk option for the best cheese-pull. Save the fresh, high-moisture Mozzarella for sandwiches or bruschetta.
Provolone is a close runner-up to Mozzarella. Pro-tip: the longer your Provolone has been aged, the sharper the taste and the dryer the texture. If you’re looking for a sweet and creamy option, certainly stick with Provolone that has been aged just a little.
It might surprise you to see Cheddar on this list. Most people associate the sharp, yummy cheese with crackers or combining it with macaroni. But, Cheddar is often used in blends because of its distinct taste and low elasticity—meaning it doesn’t blister easily in the over. Meanwhile, mix it with Mozzarella, Provolone, or both! In addition, it pairs well with chicken bacon ranch or buffalo chicken pizzas.
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