5 Cool Ways to Use a Pizza Stone
Spread half of a large whole wheat or whole-grain flour tortilla with salsa. Top with sliced sweet peppers, onions, chopped cilantro and cooked meat or tofu. Sprinkle with shredded light cheese; fold the uncovered half over. Place on preheated pizza stone in 400°F/200°C oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until tortilla is crisp and cheese is melted.
2. Golden oven fries
Definitely healthier than frozen, with no deep fryer required. Start with a couple of large baking potatoes or sweet potatoes. Scrub well, or peel if desired, then cut into wedges. Toss with a little olive oil and your favourite seasoning. Place on preheated pizza stone in 425°F/220°C oven and bake for about 40 minutes or until golden brown. Try this method with other vegetables as well.
3. Homemade chicken fingers
You'll never buy frozen chicken fingers again after trying this simple idea using ingredients you can pronounce and probably already have on hand. Dip chicken tenders in beaten egg, then roll in equal parts panko bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese with a little dried oregano and salt and pepper. Place on preheated pizza stone in 425°F/220°C oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden. Serve with your favourite dipping sauce.
4. Stuffed portobello mushrooms
A pizza stone absorbs liquid, so it's perfect for keeping mushrooms from getting soggy while cooking. Remove stems and gills from mushrooms. Stuff with strips of roasted red pepper, sliced green onion and crumbled soft herbed cheese such as goat cheese or Boursin. Sprinkle top with coarse fresh bread crumbs. Place on preheated pizza stone in 400°F/200°C oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and topping is golden.
5. Giant cookie
A pizza stone is the perfect size for a giant cookie that takes just minutes to bake. On parchment paper the size of the stone, draw a 12-inch/30 cm circle on one side. Flip parchment over. Press 2-1/2 cups/625 mL of your favourite homemade or premade cookie dough onto the paper, filling the traced circle. Place on preheated pizza stone in 350°F/180°C oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden. Remove stone with cookie from oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Transfer cookie on parchment paper to cooling rack; cool completely. Decorate if desired.
How to use a pizza stone
Place the pizza stone on the lowest rack in a cold oven, then heat to desired temperature. Use a pizza peel or a large wide spatula to place food on and remove from hot stone. After cooking, let the stone cool before rinsing in hot water, scraping off any cooked-on food. Don't use soap or you'll lose the seasoning. Expect the stone to discolour with use.
Photography, Jodi Pudge; food styling, Nicole Young.