New Pan Equals New Way, “Right?”

I have a few new gadgets and pans. Among them is a new pizza pan. Well, of course, I HAD to try out this new pan! So, I made a new pizza.  I decided to make the pizza a new way.

I always notice on the label of the pizza dough that there is another way to bake the pizza. Bake the crust first, bare, without the toppings, for a crispier crust. We like crispy!

This is a very easy pizza recipe. I’m sure your family enjoys other variations on using store-bought pizza dough, fresh vegetables, lots of cheese, pizza sauce and pepperoni.

So I unrolled and spread out the refrigerated pizza dough onto my new pizza pan. Sprinkled some oregano (about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon) over the dough

and popped the pan into the oven for 6 minutes. (The instructions stated 8 minutes, but being the first time, I was being a little apprehensive.)

The dough had puffed up nicely. If it is puffed too much, simply poke with a fork and the pizza dough will slowly “deflate”.  I started spreading on the Dei Fratelli pizza sauce. 

I sprinkled some Parmesan cheese over the top of the pizza sauce.

I had sliced a bell pepper and a small Italian (purple) onion. I then placed the slices into a bowl with a sprinkle of Italian seasoning and placed the bowl into the microwave for a few minutes. The reason behind cooking these slices of vegetables prior to placing on the pizza is so that you do not have a lot of extra juices from these on top of a pizza. (Nothing worse than swimming pepperoni in a pool of juice in the middle of your pizza.)

I placed pepperoni slices around the pizza. 

I then placed the hot onion and bell pepper slices and a few sliced white mushrooms over the top of the pizza. I then sprinkled pizza cheese over the entire face of the pizza and placed the pan into the oven. I baked per pizza dough instructions at 400 degrees F since my pan was a dark, non-stick pan.

I peaked, as usual,  about 6 minutes into the baking…

I kept the pizza baking and after 5 more minutes, it was Pizza time!!!

Good to last fork full!!


About amrecipes

My love of cooking has taken over. I was on the net one day and saw an ad for a recipe contest. I entered. Then, I entered another. Then another, and so on and when I won a contest... an entire year's worth of tomato products, I was hooked. Since then, I've entered many many different recipe contests. I have won a trip to New York, entries into cook-offs, a recipe published in a Kraft/Paula Deen cookbook and many food products and food related items. I enjoy cooking and entering recipe contests. I hope I spark an interest in others to create something they can be proud of. I'm always getting more ideas from the internet. Wow, I remember not having the internet years ago. It's a God send and I'm trying to cover every inch of the food sites!! Join me in my quest to keep fresh ideas flowing and creating new and exciting dishes.
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