We’re pizza people around here. I usually do my best to plan ahead and make my own pizza dough, but life isn’t always planned out so nicely and sometimes I just want to go grab a pizza. A Papa Murphy’s Pizza opened near us a little while ago and I immediately loved the concept. It’s a take-n-bake place, meaning that we could wait until we are ready to eat and bake it fresh at home.
That was about the extent of my knowledge of the process until I was invited to come get a behind the scenes peek last week. Being 39 weeks pregnant and offered to come learn about and eat pizza? Was this a dream?
Though I was pumped about the free pizza, I really enjoyed learning more about Papa Murphy’s process; it’s much fresher than you might guess! They use this big daddy mixer to make their dough, FRESH, everyday.
Fresh was important to me because it means the dough only contains what dough should- flour, water, yeast, etc. One batch makes 65 pounds of dough, which makes roughly 55 family sized pizzas.
Everything is weighed and portioned out to ensure quality control. And gluten-free friends, I received word that a gluten-free version is in the works!
I was stoked when we got to make our own pizzas, then became a little overwhelmed. Everything is very precise and I quickly realized that working there would take some real upfront training until you learned the correct amounts of each topping for each pizza.
Sauce, cheese and toppings are weighed to make sure things stay consistently delicious. 7 ounces of sauce and 14 ounces of cheese go on a family sized pizza.
And if you order pepperoni on your family size pizza, count them- there should be exactly 60. Who knew??
There are charts showing how much of each topping goes on each pizza and while we are chatting toppings, there are NO freezers at Papa Murphy’s. They wash and chop all their toppings fresh, shred their own cheese and do everything from scratch.
I asked about fan favorites and it turns out the Herb Chicken pizza and the cowboy (pepperoni, sausage, mushroom and olives) are two of the most popular orders. However, the possible combinations are endless. I was told a story about a customer that comes in occasionally and orders a pizza with every. single. topping. Truly, every topping. That’s just impressive.
I opted to make a thin curst with half veggie and half herb chicken. I was quite pleased with my choice, especially when I realized I wouldn’t have to share. You see, they have these awesome little kits for kids called the Mini Murph.
It includes a small crust, sauce, cheese and a tattoo. Hailey was pretty stoked about making her own pizza!
She took adding sauce pretty seriously, but the cheese was by far her favorite part. I was relieved they included two containers. Papa Murphy’s must know that one container makes it on the pizza while the other immediately becomes the appetizer.
A few minutes in the oven and then Hailey gobbled it up!
Thanks Papa Murphy’s for letting me come check out the pizza making process!
Where do you grab a pizza from most often?
Have you had Papa Murphy’s pizza before?
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