9 Genius Ways to Use a Pizza Stone (Besides Cooking a Pizza)
Your pizza stone is not a one-hit wonder! It's well worth the investment, and to prove it, here are nine other cooking-related ways to use that hefty hunk of stone.
Roast your veggies
Put the sheet pan away and bring out your pizza stone the next time you’re craving roasted veggies! Simply prepare them as usual with a generous coating of oil and seasonings, then place them on the preheated stone and listen to them sizzle—you’ll get a great char! As with a baking sheet, you’ll want to stir them around occasionally.
Need inspiration? Check out 40 ways to make roasted veggies today.
Press your meats
Take that pizza stone out of the oven and put it to use as a grill press! Since it’s heavy and can handle hight heat, it will help large cuts of meat or whole birds have better contact with the grill grate and your cooking time will be decreased. You’ll get some superior grill marks too!
Make a giant cookie (or regular ones)
Yes, you can make cookies on your pizza stone! Simply scoop your dough onto your greased stone and bake away. You may have to leave them in the oven for a few extra minutes, so keep an eye on them! Alternatively, you can spread an entire batch of cookie dough across an oiled stone and pop it in the oven for one giant cookie mound!
Cook off frozen foods
You can use a pizza stone to heat frozen foods, and it’s actually the ideal apparatus because the stone helps absorb those pesky ice crystals; other baking equipment simply can’t do that! Keep in mind that you shouldn’t preheat the stone when preparing frozen foods—the drastic change in temperature can damage your frozen bread dough or fries. Here’s how to reheat fries so they’re as good as Day 1.
Whip up some quesadillas
To make restaurant-worthy quesadillas, place your cheese, peppers, chicken or whatever you like inside a soft tortilla, fold it over, and then bake on your preheated pizza stone for a few minutes. You’ll get a crispy, crackly tortilla shell full of deliciously warm ingredients.
Make crackers or chips
Nobody wants limp crackers or chips and a baking stone is a surefire way to get the crispiest snacks ever with little to no added fat! Flip them over once and watch them closely, though—they can burn in a flash. Store-bought chips wish they were this crunchy!
Sear a steak
You can sear a steak on your pizza stone! Get the stone thoroughly heated then slap that steak right on—you’ll get a great brown exterior in no time at all. There might be some smoke involved, however, so open your windows or turn on the vent just in case!
Prevent soggy bottoms
For those of us who would rather skip the blind baking of our pie crusts, pizza stones are the key! They can eliminate par-baking because the heat they produce while the filling bakes is enough to keep that bottom crust from getting soggy and sad.
Who doesn’t love a perfectly crusty loaf of bread? Baking your bread on a pizza stone will deliver well-baked insides as well as a crispy, chewy exterior. Pita bread also benefits from being baked on a pizza stone—that high heat is essential for creating its definitive puff.