I am so full of pizza right now that I can barely type! In fact, you could almost say that I’m so full of pizza that I’m Pizza Stoned!
October is National Pizza month, and now that the month is officially half over (it’s the 15th and a half) I decided to make homemade pizza for dinner. In my post on May 25th I had discovered the most amazing pizza dough recipe ever. I have continued to use it for my pizza ever since with undeniable success.
After work today I came home and whipped up the incredibly awesome pizza dough in my stand mixer. I was remiss in checking to see if I had any tomato sauce before I started and by the time I realized I did not have any tomato sauce or paste, or any spaghetti sauce (in a jar), or any fresh tomatoes, I was ready to build pizzas. So, I skipped the sauce. My family isn’t big on the sauce, anyway…so I rubbed the uncooked crust with a little Olive Oil and some minced garlic. Then I sprinkled on some Oregano and some Basil. I followed that with Mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. This was for the girls. While it was baking on the pizza stone in my 450 degree oven I started building my second pizza. This one was for me. I started the same way.
The girls and The Hubs were raving about the crust so I must have come up with a good thing! I followed my seasonings with Mozzarella, Feta, freshly grated Parmagiano, and a little grated Smoked Applewood Cheddar. Then I added some roasted red peppers, marinated artichoke hearts (rinsed and dried with a paper towel), and some capers. When it was coming out of the oven I was asked to make a 2nd cheese and pepperoni for the 3rd pizza. So I did. The smoky flavor of the cheddar along with the saltiness of the capers was a great combination. The crust was crispy like a cracker.
I am so glad I didn’t have any tomato products in the house! The sauceless pizza was a bigger hit than any pizza I’ve ever made. I was compared to pizza joints across the country by The Hubs and the girls. I was told that this was the best pizza Daughter Number Three had ever eaten in her entire life; ever.
Many people talk about being in a food coma. Pizza Stoned is similar, but happens after eating an insane amount of delicious pizza. The whole family was in the same state.
I did forget to use the parchment trick I discovered back in May. Even without the parchment, my ability to get an intact pizza onto the stone has improved. It’s just like everything in life; practice, practice, practice.
Happy National Pizza Month to you, and may you enjoy this amazing crust, topped with your own favorite toppings!