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How to Make Crispy Pizza Crust Without a Pizza Stone

How to Make Crispy Crust Without a Pizza Stone

Although I've always wanted a pizza stone, I simply can't justify buying one. Sure, I make pizza on a regular basis, but I have a small kitchen and limited budget. But that doesn't stop me from enjoying super-crispy pizza crust! To check out my technique for ensuring that the crust is thin and crunchy every time, read more.

  1. Before you start to prep any of the pizza ingredients, preheat the oven to 500°F and place a large baking sheet in the oven.
  2. Roll out the pizza dough as thin as possible, shaping it to fit on the baking sheet.
  3. Once the baking sheet has been in the oven for at least 15 minutes, remove with a pot holder. Drizzle with olive oil and turn to coat the whole sheet.
  4. Transfer the dough to the prepared sheet and cover with the cheese and toppings. Bake immediately for 12-15 minutes until the crust is browned and the cheese is nicely melted.

Do you cook pizza at home? What's your pizza-making advice?


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Nikki2355398 Nikki2355398 5 years
Sounds great!
EricaJane EricaJane 6 years
I remember seeing an episode of Good Eats "Flat is Beautiful" where Alton Brown talks about using an unglazed quarry tile. I found the you tube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_-o0q3a2w4&feature=related) at the 35 second mark he shows you exactly what the tile looks like. I'll try it if you will.. :)
jelibeann jelibeann 6 years
interesting...I use a sheet pan with parchment that I drizzle with olive oil, but I've never pre-heated the sheet pan I roll out the dough, bake at 450 for 10 minutes, add toppings and bake for another 5 or so...I'm going to try the pre-heating method next time...I love a crispy crust I have a pizza stone, but I never liked the way my pizza came out, so it just sits, all heavy-like, in storage
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 6 years
Sounds like a great tip........gracias!
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 6 years
zeze, I've heard that too. I'm always too scared to try it. What if I buy the wrong tile?!
zeze zeze 6 years
I've heard you can substitute cheap tile of some sort (one with out any paint or some other requirement) for a pizza stone. I've never tried it, but I've meant to look it up one of these days...
Drewsfan Drewsfan 6 years
Cooking it in a cast iron pan makes it super crispy!!
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
I learned this a while ago too, it works perfectly! Also recommended for pita bread.
KrisB KrisB 6 years
I love pizza but never tried making it myself because I never wanted to invest in a pizza stone. Maybe I'll give it whirl, thanks for the tip
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 6 years
Katie, you taught me this and it works like a charm!
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