What's the best way to get dough onto a pizza stone without a peel?

My recipe says to preheat the pizza stone in the oven for 45 minutes. So, how do I get the dough onto it if the stone is blazing hot? Can I put it on a baking sheet or cutting board dusted with cornmeal and try slipping it off onto the stone that way?

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Anitalectric May 21, 2011
Look! Jamie Oliver does the same thing! http://youtu.be/c0rRzhqB4VY
 
Anitalectric May 21, 2011
When I make pizza I use a cast iron pizza pan...same basic idea. Get it red hot on the base of the oven. While it's heating I roll out the dough, then oil and salt one side. I remove the pan from the oven and put the dough on it, oil side down. You will immediately hear it start to sizzle and see it puff and bubble up a little. That's good!

THEN put all the sauce and toppings on. Drizzle oil around the crust generously. Also brush the crust with additional oil once during cooking and then again after it is done. That is the secret to golden, crispy crust at home. No more soggy, white pizza.
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seabirdskitchen May 20, 2011
I like not using parchment because I want the char that only the pizza stone can impart. But then I do my pizze on a very hot outdoor grill - pizza stones sitting on top of gas burners - temp aroung 650 or 700, I think. My thermometer tops out at 600 and it is above that. Very thin, light toppings and a lovely slight char on the crust. Damn, hungry now. So in answer to the question, I prefer a cookie sheet over parchment, but I think my peel was only $15.00
 
Helen's A. May 20, 2011
I also use nonstick tin foil coated w/ corn meal. Works great & you can wipe it off and reuse.
 
Sadassa_Ulna May 20, 2011
Agreed that parchment is less messy but I actually like the texture of the cornmeal...
 
Panfusine May 20, 2011
I use my splatter guard. its large enough for the pizza, I roll / stretch the dough out and transfer it to the splatter guard ( the netting works well to stretch the edges of the dough & just press it on to keep the size constant, it releases easily), assemble the pizza, and transfer it to the hot stone the same way I'd do if I had a peel (which I don't)
 
EmilyC May 20, 2011
Yet another vote for parchment -- I typically put the parchment on a cookie sheet, assemble the pizza, and then transfer the parchment from the cookie sheet to pizza stone with my hands. It's easy and clean up is a breeze.
 
lastnightsdinner May 20, 2011
Another vote for parchment. It's easy as can be, and far less messy than cornmeal. Once we started using it for homemade pizzas, we never looked back.
 
Tashie May 20, 2011
i've used parchment paper because i was scared of using the back of a sheet pan with cornmeal. i thought that my results were pretty good with parchment until one day, i got the nerve to use the back of a sheet pan. the pizza was sooo much more awesome. tip: first put on a bunch of cornmeal, then put the dough on. slide it around to make sure that your dough is capable of moving (this inspired me with greater confidence), then load on the toppings, and then slide it onto the hot stone.
 
Sadassa_Ulna May 20, 2011
I do what VanessaS and boulangere do, but I've heard a piece of cardboard with lots of cornmeal works too. Also, there are different grind sizes of cornmeal, and the coarser stuff works better . . .
 
pierino May 20, 2011
Alternate method would be to place it on a sheet of parchment paper. Trim that with scissors and place paper and pizza directly on the stone. On the other hand pizza peels are pretty inexpensive and you can buy them in various sizes.
 
boulangere May 20, 2011
Absolutely. Dust the BACK of a sheet pan with cornmeal (be generous) and slide it right in.
 
VanessaS May 20, 2011
I use an unrimmed baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal, or flip a rimmed baking sheet upside down so it's easier to slide off
 
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