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Can i make pizza at home without a pizza stone ?

chowChowBath Oct 12, 2010 04:02 PM

if yes could you please advice..

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  1. pikawicca RE: chowChowBath Oct 12, 2010 04:13 PM

    My mother made pizza at home long before pizza stones were available for home use. Put a large cast iron skillet in the oven and preheat as high as your oven will go. When screaming hot (preheat at least 30 minutes. Using a peel, carefully deposit your pie in the skillet. Bake until done, usually 8-10 minutes. (Be extremely careful when removing the pizza, as that skillet is REALLY hot.)

    A new take on this is to put parchment paper on your peel, build your pie, and slide it, paper and all, into the skillet. This is a bit easier.

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      Cherylptw RE: pikawicca Oct 12, 2010 04:55 PM

      My mom used to make pizza on a baking sheet back in the day...I make mine on a pizza screen; first I put the dough on the screen & into the oven for a few minutes, then turn the crust over and brush with olive oil & put the toppings on. It gets popped into a 500F. degree oven for a few more minutes and comes out delicious. You can also make pizza on a griddle, oven rack, cookie cooling rack, an indoor or outdoor grill, etc. etc. Improvise!

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        Glencora RE: pikawicca Oct 12, 2010 05:18 PM

        I use an upside down cast iron skillet all the time. (I don't preheat quite that long, though.) It works beautifully. But, yes, be careful.

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          electricfish RE: pikawicca Oct 12, 2010 05:45 PM

          I have a cast iron pizza pan that I got from Crate & Barrel a few years ago that makes awesome pizza. I had a gift certificate and bought it on a whim and have never regretted it. Cast iron is the shiznit for crispy crusts.

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          cocktailhour RE: chowChowBath Oct 12, 2010 04:21 PM

          yes. the results just won't be exactly the same. but make it, and if you like it you have a great new series of dishes to add to your repetoire.

          I would consider a deep dish (Chicago style), or even sauteeing the pizza on the stove after it's baked to add crispness. my Dad does this to delivery pizza.

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