I love making homemade bread (oh my, remember this), and even my own pizza dough (seen here), but let's face it - with two small kids, a third on the way, and the desire to shower OCCASIONALLY, I don't always have the time. One of my favorite short cuts is to ask my local pizzeria to sell me some pizza dough. They will! And now that I live in New York, I can say things like "my local pizzeria" and sound more legit. So here's an easy way to turn store-bought pizza dough into something that resembles ciabatta bread:
Preheat oven to 425. Divide dough into thirds. Shape with lightly oiled hands into 4-inch rounds, roughly 1/2 inch in thickness. Place on lightly oiled, parchment-lined baking sheets. Poke all over with a fork. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning, coarse sea salt and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Bake for 10-15 minutes, keeping an eye on the bread, until it's nice and golden on top.
This are delicious solo, or sliced in half and used as a vessel for this.