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Oct 12, 2010 04:02 PM

Can i make pizza at home without a pizza stone ?

if yes could you please advice..

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  1. 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.

    3 Replies
    1. re: pikawicca

      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!

      1. re: pikawicca

        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.

        1. re: pikawicca

          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.

        2. 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.