Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Pizza is delicious

I think it's safe to say that we now try to keep a pizza dough on hand at all times. I made pizza yesterday, on the pizza stone. It was quite tasty. It was so simple I almost shouldn't explain it, but just in case a person doesn't know how to make pizza...

Step 1: buy a pizza dough.
Step 2: put pizza stone (if you have one) in the oven, either on the bottom, or as close to the bottom of the oven.
Step 3: Preheat oven to 450F.
Step 4: Generously (really truly) cover the peel with cornmeal (or you can use a baking sheet).
Step 5: Stretch dough out to pizza shape. Let it's weight be the agent with which it stretches.
Step 6: Put pizza-shaped dough on peel.
Step 7: Brush a thin layer of olive oil over the entire dough (I forgot this step -- so I olive oiled the crust afterwards).
Step 8: Spoon on a layer of sauce. Use the spoon to spread it around and even it out. Don't go all the way to the edges -- leave a little crust.
Opt. 1: I threw some oregano and pepper directly on the sauce.
Step 9: Grate cheese onto the pizza. (I did a layer of parm., then a thick layer of mozz., then another thin layer of parm.)
Step 10: Put on whatever other toppings you'd like. I just chopped some fresh basil.
Step 11: When oven is preheated, put pizza in the oven. Shake the peel first, to make sure that the pizza dough isn't sticking anywhere. It should slide in easily.
Step 12: Cook for ~10 mins, then kick up the heat to 500F for another 2 or 3. Remember, do not open the oven AT ALL for the first 5 mins.
Step 13: Remove from oven and cool for 5 mins+ before cutting.


Our much loved pizza stone.

Our lovely peel, sans cornmeal.

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