Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Active Time
18 Mins
Total Time
28 Mins
Serves 2 (serving size: 2 slices)

If you're pro-pepper, this combination of sweet and heat will tickle your tastebuds—and it takes less than half an hour to make! Look for mild Sweety Drop peppers at specialty stores, or buy them on Amazon, here. You can also use chopped pickled sweet cherry peppers instead. A baking steel works great here if you preheat it for an hour.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat broiler to high. Place Hatch chile on a piece of heavy-duty foil. Broil 10 minutes or until blackened, turning occasionally. Wrap chile in foil; let stand 10 minutes. Peel chile; discard skin, seeds, and stem. Slice into thin strips.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 550°F with a large cast-iron pan inside; continue to heat pan an additional 10 minutes after oven has reached 550°F.

Step 3

Press dough with fingers into a 9-inch circle on a floured surface. Carefully remove pan from oven. Place dough circle in pan. Spread sauce on dough, leaving a 3/4-inch rim around outside. Sprinkle evenly with cheese. Top with sliced chile and Sweety Drop peppers. Place pan in oven; bake at 550°F for 7 minutes or until top is browned. Drizzle with crema. Cut into quarters.

Chef's Notes

Baking Steel

For the crispiest pizza crust, laciest fried eggs, and best-browned steaks you've ever made, you need the Baking Steel Skinny Griddle. Use the channeled side as a stovetop griddle for searing and sautéing whole meals at once. Preheat the steel, flat side up, in your oven, and it's like a turbocharged baking sheet, conducting heat 18 times better than ceramic pizza stones. $160,

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