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Cast iron skillet pizza is unlike any other homemade pizza, because a cast iron skillet creates a crisp, chewy crust. Pan pizza lovers go crazy for this cast iron skillet pepperoni pizza recipe!
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 even when it’s not a cast iron skillet pizza, we have must have some of that on our pizzas! 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? Cast iron skillet pizza crust 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 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 homemade pizza.
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 this cast iron skillet pizza recipe is perfect for two people!
Useful tips for making this Cast Iron Skillet Pizza:
- The crust must be started a day ahead per instructions
- Recipe uses a 10″ cast iron skillet (not tested in a 12″)
- To remove some of the grease from the pepperoni, microwave for 20 seconds on paper towels
- Kitchen items you might need: Cast iron skillet, Pot holders
Put this easy homemade pepperoni recipe on your menu soon!
- 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)
- Combine the flour, yeast and salt in a medium mixing bowl
- Slowly pour in the cold water and stir until it is combined well (the dough will not be shaped into a ball)
- Place plastic wrap on the bowl and make sure it is tightly covered
- 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)
- Remove plastic wrap and then sprinkle 1 1/2 teaspoons of flour into dough and stir
- Place olive oil in a 10" skillet being sure to do the sides as well
- 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)
- Place a large plate on the skillet and let rise about 90 minutes to 2 hours
- Preheat your oven to 500 degrees
- 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)
- Turn a stove top burner onto medium high and cook pizza for 3 minutes on burner
- Then place in oven and bake for about 14-16 minutes until the top is golden brown
- Remove from oven and enjoy!
You may want to try different toppings and it might be best to par cook them to get some of the moisture out.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 701 Total Fat: 30g Saturated Fat: 13g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 15g Cholesterol: 55mg Sodium: 1670mg Carbohydrates: 78g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 3g Protein: 28g