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Cast Iron Skillet Pizza: A Crispy, Homemade Delight

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Homemade pizza is a delightful culinary adventure, and when you use a cast iron skillet, you can achieve that perfect balance of crispy crust and gooey cheese. In this article, we’ll guide you through creating a delicious Cast Iron Skillet Pizza that you can customize with your favorite toppings.

Ingredients

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To make a scrumptious Cast Iron Skillet Pizza, you’ll need the following ingredients:

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For the Pizza Dough:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the Pizza Toppings:

  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Your choice of toppings (pepperoni, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, etc.)
  • Fresh basil leaves (optional, for garnish)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional, for garnish)
  • Red pepper flakes (optional, for added spice)

Preparation

Before you start making your Cast Iron Skillet Pizza, follow these quick preparation steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 475°F (245°C). Place your cast iron skillet in the oven while it preheats to get it nice and hot.
  2. While the skillet is heating, prepare your pizza dough. In a mixing bowl, combine the warm water, sugar, and yeast. Let it sit for about 5 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  3. Add the flour, salt, and olive oil to the yeast mixture. Mix until a dough forms.
  4. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 2-3 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic. Shape it into a ball.
  5. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes, covered with a clean kitchen towel.

Instructions

Now, let’s create your delicious Cast Iron Skillet Pizza:

  1. Roll out the pizza dough on a floured surface to fit the size of your cast iron skillet.
  2. Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven (use oven mitts) and place it on a heatproof surface.
  3. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil into the hot skillet and spread it evenly, coating the bottom and sides.
  4. Carefully transfer the rolled-out pizza dough to the skillet. It’s okay if it hangs over the edges slightly; this will give you that coveted crispy crust.
  5. Spread pizza sauce evenly over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges for the crust.
  6. Sprinkle a generous amount of shredded mozzarella cheese over the sauce.
  7. Add your choice of pizza toppings. Feel free to get creative and mix and match to suit your taste.
  8. Place the skillet back into the preheated oven and bake for about 12-15 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly and slightly browned.
  9. Remove the skillet from the oven using oven mitts. Be cautious; it will be extremely hot!
  10. Garnish your Cast Iron Skillet Pizza with fresh basil leaves, grated Parmesan cheese, and red pepper flakes if you like it spicy.
  11. Allow the pizza to cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

Conclusion

Cast Iron Skillet Pizza is a fantastic way to enjoy the crispy, golden crust and cheesy goodness of pizza at home. With the freedom to customize your toppings, you can create a pizza that suits your preferences perfectly. Whether it’s a weeknight dinner or a weekend treat, this homemade pizza will surely satisfy your cravings. Enjoy your homemade Cast Iron Skillet Pizza!

Source: afarmgirlskitchen.com

Cast Iron Skillet Pizza

Cast Iron Skillet Pizza

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Homemade pizza is a delightful culinary adventure, and when you use a cast iron skillet, you can achieve that perfect balance of crispy crust and gooey cheese. In this article, we'll guide you through creating a delicious Cast Iron Skillet Pizza that you can customize with your favorite toppings.

Ingredients

Cast Iron Pizza Dough:

  • 1 cup warm milk
  • ½ cup lukewarm water
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (or honey)
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 to 5 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

    Cast Iron Pizza Dough

  • In either a saucepan or in the microwave, warm the milk. Just slightly warmer than lukewarm.
  • Pour the warmed milk into a large mixing bowl of a stand-mixer. Add the lukewarm water, yeast and sugar or honey and stir with a spoon or whisk. Let sit for 3 or 4 minutes. Then add the eggs and olive oil and stir.
  • Add the flour and salt, mix using the beater attachment. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl occasionally with a rubber spatula or rubber table scraper. Beat on medium to high speed for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead the dough gently for 5 minutes or so. Shape the dough into a round. Spray the mixer bowl with cooking spray or coat with a touch of olive oil. Place the dough back into the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm kitchen for 1 hour or until doubled. Punch down and let rise again, another hour.

Cast Iron Pizza

  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and cut into 4 even pieces. Shaped into rounds and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Cover loosely with plastic wrap.
  • Gently roll out a one piece of dough using a rolling pin into a sphere slightly larger than the bottom of your skillet. Try and keep the edges of the dough slightly thicker than the center.
  • Grease a 10 or 12-inch cast-iron skillet with a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Place the rolled out dough into the cast-iron skillet. Use your fingers to gently gather the edges and form a crust edge. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour.
  • Gently brush the edges of the crust with an egg wash before baking.
  • Spoon sauce in the center and spread out towards the crust edges with the back of a tablespoon. Sprinkle with cheese and any toppings you desire. Bake in a preheated 500 degree F oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly.

Notes

Pizza dough 

This recipe is a Greek-style pizza dough, traditional in New England. But, you can certainly use store-bought pizza dough for this pizza recipe.

Storing pizza dough

Simply spray a large zip-style bag with cooking spray and place 1 or 2 rounds in each bag. Place them in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

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