Today, like many days, I spent all day dreaming about cooking dinner. I couldn’t wait to try a new method for making homemade pizza I learned about on erikeats.com.
After work, I stopped by Savatano’s (our favorite!) and picked up some pizza dough. Each one pound ball is $1.99 and it’s enough dough to make a medium-sized pizza. I usually make my own crust but tonight I decided to cheat and purchase it for a couple of reasons: 1) so I wouldn’t have to wait for the dough to rise and 2) because I was hoping that the restaurant-made crust would stretch better than homemade crust. Apparently pizza restaurants often use a flour with a higher gluten content so that the dough is stretchier. My crust still got holes in it, but it was probably user error rather than the dough’s fault.
As soon as I got home, I put the pizza stone into the oven and preheated it to 500 degrees. While it was preheating I chopped up my veggies, shredded my cheese, and got the crust ready. (There’s a great video on erikeats.com about how to prep the crust.)
After the pizza stone had heated for 15 minutes, I took it out of the oven and stretched my crust to fit it. I add the sauce, layered on the toppings (provolone cheese, mozzarella cheese, oregano, bell peppers, mushrooms and onions) and put the pizza stone back in the oven for 8 minutes. The results were amazing! Less than 30 minutes after I got home, we felt like we were eating pizza from a restaurant. Obviously, the dough was from a restaurant, but turning the oven up to 500 degrees and preheating the pizza stone made a huge difference in the taste of the pizza. The bottom was crispy, the veggies didn’t seem to give off as much water as usual, and it melted in our mouths.
After this experience, I learned that cheating is sometimes good. I also learned that I really need to clean my oven…our house is still smoky.