Skillet Pizza

The finale of Italian Week…You might think, really? Another pizza recipe? Doesn’t everyone have a go-to one already? Haven’t you already made pizza? Well, I saw this one on a blog I follow, Life’s Ambrosia, and it peaked my curiosity. I actually wasn’t sure we had a cast iron skillet because I thought mine was ruined. The one I found and used was apparently mine, and somehow it improved itself with disuse. So, after making pizza a couple times in it and then keeping it around for other random tasks, it has found its purpose in the kitchen. It also is now properly seasoned, which makes it much easier to use. Yay! So, this is a perfect excuse to pull out your cast iron skillet. If you don’t have one, they are about $20-30 and are great for browning things, such as the mushrooms on this pizza. Now that I have one (again) I hope to make some desserts with it, too.

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This recipe makes enough for 2, maybe 4 if you are light eaters or have some good side dishes. You could even do 3 people easily, but again…not huge appetites. If you want to make more than one, you could either use more than 1 skillet, or make one at a time (reheating in the oven to rewarm if necessary).

Nice browning on the bottom

Nice browning on the bottom

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Directions for Skillet Pizza

Adapted from Life’s Ambrosia

  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 1.5 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1.5 cups flour (with additional as needed)

In your mixer bowl, pour the water and sprinkle the sugar and yeast on top. Let it sit until the yeast activates (a couple minutes).

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Then, pour the flour, and then the salt, into the bowl. With the dough hook, mix on medium until the dough comes together. Add more water or flour as necessary. Allow it to knead on medium-low speed until it is a smooth ball. You might need to stop the mixer periodically if the dough gets stuck.

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Place the sticky dough in a medium bowl sprayed lightly with oil. Cover with a towel and place in a draft-free area for about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, prep your toppings. I like to cook tiny sausage balls and caramelize some onions with mushrooms in the same skillet I use for the pizza.

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Preheat the oven to 430 degrees. In a cast-iron skillet about 10-12 inches in diameter, press out the dough until it comes up the sides a bit and is not too thick on the bottom. Use flour to help keep the dough from sticking to your hands.

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Over medium-high heat, cook the dough for a few minutes to brown the bottom. Spread some tomato sauce over the dough, then sprinkle with your toppings (cheese, seasonings, meat, etc.–even a cracked egg!).

I sprinkled more cheese on top with a few minutes left in the oven.

I sprinkled more cheese on top with a few minutes left in the oven.

Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the crust has browned. To help with the browning, you can brush some oil on the crust before baking.

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Directions for Skillet Pizza (without pictures)

Adapted from Life’s Ambrosia

  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 1.5 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1.5 cups flour (with additional as needed)

In your mixer bowl, pour the water and sprinkle the sugar and yeast on top. Let it sit until the yeast activates (a couple minutes). Then, pour the flour, and then the salt, into the bowl. With the dough hook, mix on medium until the dough comes together. Add more water or flour as necessary. Allow it to knead on medium-low speed until it is a smooth ball. You might need to stop the mixer periodically if the dough gets stuck.

Place the sticky dough in a medium bowl sprayed lightly with oil. Cover with a towel and place in a draft-free area for about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, prep your toppings. I like to cook tiny sausage balls and caramelize some onions with mushrooms in the same skillet I use for the pizza.

Preheat the oven to 430 degrees. In a cast-iron skillet about 10-12 inches in diameter, press out the dough until it comes up the sides a bit and is not too thick on the bottom. Use flour to help keep the dough from sticking to your hands. Over medium-high heat, cook the dough for a few minutes to brown the bottom. Spread some tomato sauce over the dough, then sprinkle with your toppings (cheese, seasonings, meat, etc.–even a cracked egg!).

Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the crust has browned. To help with the browning, you can brush some oil on the crust before baking.

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13 thoughts on “Skillet Pizza

  1. I just bought some bread-making supplies, so this may actually be a better place to start…Pizza dough. Yum! Great pics!

  2. Looks totally yummy! If I didn’t need to eat my weight in vegetables right now to make up for all the eats we indulged in while on vacation, I’d want to jump right now. One day…

    • My husband says you should have gotten it because maybe it was already seasoned. 🙂 But I can understand waiting! Amazon has a preseasoned one for $21 which is a pretty good price.

  3. Pingback: Crisp, Fluffy Pizza Crust | fudgingahead

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