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Cook veggies before adding to pizza. Photo
courtesy California Asparagus Commission.
You don’t have to wait for a lukewarm pizza delivery. Keep a ready-made pizza crust and a few other ingredients (sauce, cheese) at home and your pizza will be ready in as little as 20 minutes.
If your homemade pizza crust is not as crisp as you’d like, try these tips:
Before adding the sauce and toppings, put the pizza crust on the top rack of the oven for 3-4 minutes, until slightly browned and slightly crisp (a quarter of the way baked).
Then sprinkle the crust with grated Parmesan cheese, which helps as a barrier to the moistness of the sauce.
If you’re adding vegetables—bell peppers, broccoli, onions, mushrooms, zucchini, etc.—cook them first (a quick sauté in olive oil). Raw vegetables give off moisture when cooking.
Another tip: Line the bottom of the oven or cover the bottom rack with aluminum foil. This makes it easy to clean up the drippings.
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