Friday, March 10, 2017

Cast Iron Skillet Pizza


Be prepared to be wowed with one of the best tasting pizzas you will ever have!  You'll love the chewy crust and gooey cheese!

Cast Iron Skillet Pizza
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Friday night is pizza night about 99% of the time at our place.  About half the time I make it myself and the other half we order out.  By the end of the week, I'm just ready to have an easy, simple meal and not do a lot of fussing.  This cast iron skillet pizza might look complicated but I have to say it was one of the easiest pizzas I have ever made and I've certainly made my share over the years.  You will definitely want to give this one a try.

The main thing you need to remember is to start the dough a day ahead.  Basically, as you will see in the instructions, you dump the ingredients, stir it and let it sit overnight.  That only took me about 5 minutes and no kneading required!  Easy!

What other toppings do you like on your pizza?  The DIY likes m-e-a-t so any pizza we have must have some of that!  We also like mushrooms, green peppers, green olives, ham, pineapple and if I'm not eating it, then John may have anchovies.

Let's talk about crust - do you like thick or thin?  This pizza is on the thicker side and has a nice chewy texture with lots of air bubbles in the dough (a sign of a good crust).  We are originally from upstate New York and are more used to a thinner crust with not a ton of sauce.  When we moved to the midwest 25 years ago, it was hard to find that type of pizza so I usually made my own.

Ok, lastly let talk about cast iron skillets!  I really love mine and have two sizes - this 10" one and a 12".  I recently made these Lemon Pull Apart Rolls in a skillet and Roasted Rosemary Potatoes that make a great side dish.  I plan to make some Pecan Rolls soon so be sure to come back for that recipe.

Oh and I also want to note that recipe is perfect for two people.





yield: 2 servingsprint recipe

Cast Iron Skillet Pizza

Be prepared to be wowed with one of the best tasting pizzas you will ever have!  It's super easy and oh so good!
prep time: 10  MINScook time: 15 MINStotal time: 25 mins plus overnight rising time

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour plus an additional 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • Olive oil for skillet (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1/3 cup pizza sauce   
  • 2 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 ounces shredded provolone cheese
  • 12-18 slices of pepperoni (or any other favorite toppings)   

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Combine the flour, yeast and salt in a medium mixing bowl
  2. Slowly pour in the cold water and stir until it is combined well (the dough will not be shaped into a ball)
  3. Place plastic wrap on the bowl and make sure it is tightly covered
  4. Place bowl on your counter and let the dough rise for about 12-18 hours until it looks about double in size (the dough will spread out and have have pitted marks in it)
  5. Remove plastic wrap and then sprinkle 1 1/2 teaspoons of flour into dough and stir
  6. Place olive oil in a 10" skillet being sure to do the sides as well
  7. Place the dough in the skillet and use oiled fingers to spread it out to the edges (it might not completely spread to edge but that is OK)
  8. Place a large plate on the skillet and let rise about 90 minutes to 2 hours
  9. Preheat your oven to 500 degrees
  10. Remove the plate and top with the sauce, cheese and pepperoni (I microwaved the pepperoni for 20 seconds to get some of the grease out as noted where I found the recipe below)
  11. Turn a stove top burner onto medium high and cook pizza for 3 minutes on burner
  12. Then place in oven and bake for about 14-16 minutes until the top is golden brown
  13. Remove from oven and enjoy!
NOTE:  you may want to try different toppings and it might be best to par cook them to get some of the moisture out.

Recipe was inspired by Sweet as a Cookie
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Easy Cast Iron Skillet Pizza

16 comments:

  1. Okay, I need to try this super easy crust! It looks amazing Deb, I am totally drooling here wishing I had one too, LOL

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  2. I am a pizza nut! I am SO going to try this!

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  3. I will take a large to go please!

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  4. Yummy! Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared.

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  5. I have always wanted to make a pizza in cast iron, like some of my favorite recipes. This is great! Plus, I love that you make the dough by just mixing the ingredients and letting them sit. So easy. Thanks!

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  6. That looks like a great way to do the dough.
    Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

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  7. Oh I was so excited to try this recipe but then I got to the part where you have to let it cook in the cast iron skillet on top of the stove for 3 minutes. My glass top stove can not be used with cast iron and I hate that so much!! Next time I will be purchasing a gas stove. Thank you for the recipe anyway. I might try cooking it in my metal skillet and then switch over to the cast iron for the oven. It sounds so good!

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    1. Hi Lin! I use cast iron on my glass top stove with no problems. I've had them (glass tops) in various homes for the last 20 years and never had an issue.

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  8. I really need to use my cast iron pan more often...and I can't think of a better way to use it than to make pizza!

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  9. Step 8 - Is the plate simply a means to cover the dough while it rises or does it perform some other function too?

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    1. It is to just cover it - the plastic wrap didn't stick to the skillet

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  10. Could you do this on a camp fire?

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    1. I don't think so... I don't think the top would get cooked

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  11. making it this weekend! K requested it!

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