Cast Iron Skillet Pizza

Pizza night is a Friday tradition in my house. Though, very, I don ’ thymine think my conserve would be besides disturb if every night was pizza night. We love making all sorts of mouth-watering homemade pies in our kitchen, but our current go-to is this slurred and chewy frying pan pizza, which is easy adequate to be a nightly affair .

This recipe proves it ’ s simple to make pizza from chicken feed than you might think. Keep it classic with sauce and lots of melty mozzarella, or wind it up with your darling toppings !

Baking pizza in a project iron frying pan ensures the crust is extremist crisp and browned but silent decent and pillowy when you bite into it. It ’ s a thick-crusted cheese pizza that ’ second perfect as-is but can besides handle tasty toppings like pepperoni and mushrooms ( my favorites ) .

The Best Pizza Dough and Sauce

If clock allows, make the pizza boodle and sauce from scribble. I suggest this easy No-Knead Pizza Dough that can be made up to 2 days ahead or longer if it ’ randomness kept freeze. This crimson pizza sauce can be made in under 30 minutes, and you ’ ll have plenty leftover to freeze and use for future pizza .

I frequently don ’ triiodothyronine want to be bothered with making either from strike, so I ’ ve made this frying pan pizza countless times with a one-pound boughten pizza boodle and jarred pizza sauce—I am never disappointed .

A note about store-bought pizza dough: Feel free to use regular or wheaten, refrigerated, or flash-frozen. You ’ ll want to transfer frozen dough from the deep-freeze to the refrigerator the night before to allow it to thaw. Let refrigerate boodle model on the kitchen counter for 20 minutes or thus to let it come to board temperature. It ’ ll be easier to stretch .

Slice of pizza cut from cast iron pizza.
Simply Recipes / Alison Bickel

The Best Pan for Skillet Pizza

For this recipe, I recommend a 10-inch roll iron frying pan. When heated, cast iron retains heat better than other materials, which means it browns foods exceptionally well. That’s the secret to golden-brown pizza crust. 

If you don ’ t have a roll iron frying pan, make the pizza in an ovenproof frying pan. The crust might not be quite as crispen, but it ’ ll be tasty .

While it ’ randomness tempting to serve the pizza straight from the cast iron frying pan, a pizza cutter or tongue will scratch and damage its airfoil, so I recommend transferring the pizza onto a cutting board to slice it .

How to Make Skillet Pizza

Making a frying pan pizza is slowly. Follow these simple steps :

  • Add just enough olive oil to coat the inside of the cast iron skillet. This recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of olive oil for a 10-inch skillet. 
  • Form the pizza dough into a round disc, about the size of the skillet. Nestle the dough into the skillet. Use your fingers to stretch the dough to the outer edges of the skillet and create dimples on top with your fingers. This prevents the crust from puffing up too much when baked. 
  • Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese on the dough, which helps protect it from getting soggy from the sauce. Then on goes the sauce, followed by more cheese. Add other toppings, if using. 
  • Bake the pizza for 15 to 20 minutes, until the crust is golden-brown around the edges and the cheese is melted. Then broil it for one minute just so the cheese browns in some spots, making the pizza that much more delicious.
  • The pizza will be piping hot out of the oven, so let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Two slices of cast iron skillet pizza.
Simply Recipes / Alison Bickel

Pizza Toppings to Try

experiment with toppings as you wish, but   only use up to 1/2 cup total. Any more will make the pizza besides heavy, dense, and potentially doughy. A few combinations to try :

  • Pepperoni and thinly sliced white or red onion
  • Sausage and sautéed mushrooms
  • Sliced roasted red peppers and chopped black olives
  • Crumbled bacon and caramelized onions
  • Roasted eggplant and capers

Cast iron pizza with parmesan and basil.
Simply Recipes / Alison Bickel

leftover Red Sauce ? Use It For :

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