Pizza just isn't pizza without a crust that is crispy on the outside and soft and bread-like on the inside. You achieve this pizzeria result by greasing your pizza pan properly. Greasing the pizza pan reduces the chances of sticking and gives the crust the proper flavor and texture. Appropriate for unseasoned pizza stones and aluminum pans alike, olive oil is typically the choice when you grease the pan before rolling out the dough and baking your pizza.
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Place your pizza pan on your cooking surface. Pour 1 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil onto the pan.
Spread the oil around the pan with your hands or a paper towel, coating the entire surface. If you need more, add olive oil by the teaspoonful until the pan glistens. If you're making a pizza in a pan with raised sides, grease the inner sides since the pizza dough will rise and you want even results.
Sprinkle cornmeal over the olive oil until you have a thin, even layer on which to place the pizza. Cornmeal helps create a barrier so the dough doesn't become soggy. It also adds a pleasant crunch to the texture of the pizza crust.
Roll your pizza dough onto the pan and top as desired before you bake it in the oven.
- "Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book"; Jan Miller; 2006
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