How to Use a Pizza Peel or Paddle

pizza-making-tipsA few tips on using your wood pizza peel or paddle…

Make your pizza directly on the peel. This will make life, and your pizza baking, a lot easier.

Pizza making on a wood peel is best and our tips are meant for cooking with a wooden paddle.

But first, Dust your peel very generously with cornmeal or flour before placing your dough on it to prevent sticking.

If you have it, semolina flour is even better. (Used for making pasta, it is less coarse than cornmeal but more granular than all-purpose flour)

Tip: Prepare your topping ingredients before you place your pizza dough on the wood peel or paddle. It’s best to assemble your pizza just before you bake it so the dough doesn’t sit too long and end up sticking to the peel.

Our family likes to make several pizzas so we prep a large variety of toppings into plastic storage containers (in case we don’t use it all) and everyone can choose what they like on their portion of the pizza.

pizza-oven-stoneTopping Suggestions:

Meats: Diced ham or turkey ham, sliced sausage (homemade, Italian, chicken or turkey sausage, etc), Canadian bacon or cooked bacon bits, shrimp, pepperoni, and ground beef

Veggies: Onion, mushrooms, sweet bell peppers, spicy peppers, diced or sliced tomato, broccoli, zucchini, black olive, baby green beans, asparagus, spinach, shredded kale or other

For the cheese we use primarily mozzarella but a blend of Italian cheeses, even a mixture of Cheddar or Colby is good to try.

When you first use a pizza peel try making your pizza on a pre-made crust so you can practice sliding it into the oven. It takes a bit of practice, but it’s fun and you’ll get the hang of it in no time!

When you’re ready to bake a homemade crust, start small. A 12″ diameter pizza is much easier to slide than a 16″ loaded with toppings. And, remember less is more when starting out. Avoid the temptation to add too many toppings.

whole-wheat-pizza-doughThere are as many variations of pizza dough recipes as their are pizza recipes so try a few to see what your family likes best. Sometimes we are in the mood for a thicker crust and sometimes thin, low carb are preferred.

The main reason our family loves homemade pizza is because we can make it healthier and in a short time. And, everyone loves the easy cleanup with no pots and pans.

One of our favorite pizza dough recipes is one for a whole wheat pizza crust. It’s a thicker crust and can handle a bit more toppings.

We hope you’ve found this article on how to use a pizza peel helpful. Have Fun, Be Creative, and Happy Pizza Making!

Note: If you don’t own a baking stone you may want to invest in one before you begin your pizza making adventure. They do bake up the perfect crust and provide the perfect surface for your raw dough. (there are lots of pizza stones available online as well as at your local department store)

Check back to our blog for an upcoming article reviewing the pizza stones we recommend.





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