Cast Iron Skillet Pizza: A Crispy, Homemade Delight
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.
To make a scrumptious Cast Iron Skillet Pizza, you’ll need the following ingredients:
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)
Before you start making your Cast Iron Skillet Pizza, follow these quick preparation steps:
- 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.
- 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.
- Add the flour, salt, and olive oil to the yeast mixture. Mix until a dough forms.
- Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 2-3 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic. Shape it into a ball.
- Let the dough rest for 10 minutes, covered with a clean kitchen towel.
Now, let’s create your delicious Cast Iron Skillet Pizza:
- Roll out the pizza dough on a floured surface to fit the size of your cast iron skillet.
- Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven (use oven mitts) and place it on a heatproof surface.
- Drizzle a small amount of olive oil into the hot skillet and spread it evenly, coating the bottom and sides.
- 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.
- Spread pizza sauce evenly over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges for the crust.
- Sprinkle a generous amount of shredded mozzarella cheese over the sauce.
- Add your choice of pizza toppings. Feel free to get creative and mix and match to suit your taste.
- 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.
- Remove the skillet from the oven using oven mitts. Be cautious; it will be extremely hot!
- Garnish your Cast Iron Skillet Pizza with fresh basil leaves, grated Parmesan cheese, and red pepper flakes if you like it spicy.
- Allow the pizza to cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.
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!
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
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.
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.