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 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 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…