EASY skillet pizza.
Skillet pizza recipes are popping up everywhere on the internet. I mean, let’s be honest - pretty much everyone loves pizza, and the allure of a delicious homemade pizza is certainly attractive to most. This homemade pizza method used a cast iron skillet to achieve a perfectly cooked, fluffy crust. You're going to love it.
So, I want to warn you before we dive in, I used dough from my local Whole Foods to make this cheesy masterpiece. In the event that you feel strongly about making homemade dough, here are a few recipes I would recommend:
For a killer whole wheat pizza dough, check out this recipe from Pinch of Yum.
If you want a simple and delicious basic pizza dough, Martha Stewart knows what’s up.
What I am really sharing with you today is the method of cooking an amazing pizza in your home quickly using a cast iron skillet. I also want to say, that if you do choose to use dough from somewhere like Whole Foods or your favorite local pizza joint I am certainly not casting judgement (obviously, because I did). Our lives are busy, and if you just pick up some dough your pizza will still be AMAZING - and you’re stimulating the economy… or whatever…
Also, after the dough is ready this pie is prime for eating in about 15 minutes - making it the perfect week night dinner solution.
The pizza guru who helped me at Whole Foods the first time I purchased dough for this recipe also have me a helpful tip - don't roll out the dough. Just work it into a circle using your hands. If you roll out the dough, it removes the air, which results in a less fluffy crust. I don't even bother setting it on the counter.
PS: Mr. K said this might be the best pizza her has ever had. BAM.
- toppings of your choice
- olive oil
- pizza seasonings (a pre-made combination or your own)
- Preheat your oven to 450°. Place your skillet on the stovetop over medium heat. Allow to preheat for 2 or 3 minutes.
- After your skillet is preheated, rub a small amount of olive oil in your pan and sprinkle it with cornmeal. (TIP: If you purchase your dough from Whole Foods, like I did, they will put some cornmeal on the outside of the dough for you, simply form your dough with your hands over the skillet. The excess cornmeal off the dough is all you need. If you are purchasing your pizza dough from somewhere else, ask them about cornmeal!)
- Place your dough in the skillet, making sure you are filling the pan to the edges. Brush with olive oil and dust with salt, pepper and pizza spices. Watch for bubbles to start to form in your dough. This happens quickly - and the bubble doesn’t have to be a balloon!
- Spread sauce over the surface of your dough, covering to the edges.
- It’s time for toppings! I like to start with a thin layer of cheese, then add each topping - alternating with a small amount of cheese between each and on top. Don’t over do the cheese - I think that is the most common mistake when making homemade pizza. I also like to sprinkle the top with parmesan.
- Once your toppings are perfect, place your pie in the oven for about 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, and allow to rest for about 5 minutes.
- Slice and enjoy!
In the pizza pictured here, I used mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, bacon, and parmesan for a seriously delicious pizza - but, choose any toppings you like!
Let me know what you top your skillet pizzas with!
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