For our first pizza of the year, we went with an old standby – half pepperoni, half cheese. I don’t eat meat (except fish), but my husband does. This is a compromise for us – he gets his pepperoni and I get my cheese. It’s a win/win.
Since I made enough dough for two pizzas, I also thought that this would be a good time to try out my new toaster oven. I made one pizza in the oven on my pizza stone, like I usually do, and the other pizza in my my new toaster oven on the “pizza” setting. For this pizza, I used my standard dough recipe. I also used my new pizza peel that my husband got me for Christmas. After sprinkling it with some cornmeal I placed my dough on it and spread on some sauce. I like just a little sauce on my pizza. Some people like more – I am not one of those people. Then I topped with some mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and put the pepperoni on my husband’s half. Here’s a tip: if you only want a little bit of pepperoni, buy it from the deli counter. It’s a heck of a lot cheaper there. And into the oven it goes. I learned that it might take a bit to get the pizza peel thing down. It is a learned art. It cooked for about 10 minutes at 475. I forgot to time it, but it looked done so I took it out. It was also tricky getting it out with the peel, but I managed without dropping it. Ta da! Now while that one was cooking, I prepared the pizza for the toaster oven. The toaster oven came with a metal pizza pan. I decided to use that since I don’t have a pizza stone that will fit in the toaster oven. This pizza didn’t get any pepperoni. The only mozzarella our grocery store carries is really soft. I got tired of trying to shred it and cut it into thin slices instead for the second pizza. And into the toaster oven it went. After about 12 minutes at 450 degrees it looked like this: After eating some of both, my husband and I both decided that the one from the toaster oven needed cooked a bit longer – the crust was a bit underdone. I think I might turn up the temperature next time to see if that helps. The pizza from the oven: The pizza from the toaster oven: Can you tell which plate had the pepperoni pizza? Overall it was a good start to our weekly pizzas. The pizza from the oven came out delicious, as usual and I look forward to figuring out how to best make a pizza in my toaster oven.