The dough went on to the hot pan and we immediately started adding toppings. It was a good thing my friend Mimi had joined me because from this point on, all four hands were needed! First Mimi drizzled on some olive oil and I scattered the asparagus, which we had cut into thirds. We quickly added the shiitake followed by the mozzarella, which we tore into smaller chunks as we went along.
The dough was starting to char on the bottom, which freaked me out a little so I turned off the stove flame. This was a mistake, but only a minor one, as we felt in the end the crust was a little underdone. But just a little. Next time I will monitor the heat by lowering the flame and giving the crust a little longer on the stove top.
We moved the pan to the broiler and discovered--oh no!--that the pan didn't fit on the bottom of the broiler pan. It seemed a little scary because it brought the pizza up mighty close to the flame, but we managed to balance the pan on the top of the broiler pan and get most of the pie inside. We switched it after about 90 seconds to be sure the other end was cooked. The pizza took on a nice char and after about 4 minutes total, we removed it from the broiler.
Mimi quickly dressed the arugula in a little olive oil and some salt. After cutting the pizza into 8 pieces, we draped the silky pieces of prosciutto all over and topped the whole thing off with a few handfuls of the dressed arugula. We agreed that it was a really delicious pizza. The flavors of the asparagus and garlicky shiitake burst in our mouths and the salty prosciutto and spicy arugula balanced things nicely. I would have liked the crust to be a little crisper. I'm sure that playing with the heat on the stove top will accomplish this. But the crust did have those pizza oven-like bits of char and big bubbles, which is hard to achieve in a regular oven. This is a really fun way to make a pizza and I highly recommend you give it a try. Just be sure that your pan fits in your broiler! Bonus: Jill Santopietro's Kitchen 4B (formally Tiny Kitchen) video in which she makes the same pizza dough but ends up with a much stiffer dough. (Image: Dana Velden)