We’re finally getting around to using some of wedding gifts. We received the Old Stone Oven Rectangular Pizza Stone off our Amazon wedding registry.
I never made pizza dough myself so I opted to go for a store bought version. It was the perfect opportunity to try the Trader Joes Garlic and Herb Pizza Dough that I’ve been eyeing. The dough was fairly easy to roll out. The end results were great and I highly recommend using this flavorful pizza dough.
We decided to make a meat lovers, mushroom pizza. We whipped up a quick homemade tomato sauce and topped it with shredded mozzarella cheese, ground beef, pepperoni, chicken sausage and mushrooms. Another shout out to Trader Joes for their Jalapeño Chicken Sausage. I don’t eat Italian sausage, but I will definitely be trying out more chicken sausages. It had the perfect amount of flavor and heat. We followed the pizza stone instructions, which were to place the stone inside the oven, while preheating the oven to 450F. Our pizza was topped and ready to go into the oven, but that’s when we ran into some problems. How do we transfer the pizza onto the sizzling stone? We ended up putting the pizza onto a floured cookie sheet with the hopes of having it slide off onto the stone. It was a struggle, but we were eventually able to get the pizza onto the stone. I probably should have researched this prior to trying to make pizza. I later googled that we should have made the pizza on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Then using the cookie sheet, slide the parchment paper and pizza onto the stone. That would have made clean up alot easier too.
Overall, the pizza stone worked great to give us that crunchy crust that we were looking for. We could hear the sizzle as soon as the dough hit the stone. Going forward, I’m going to try out the cookie tray and parchment paper technique. Here’s to many more future pizza nights!