Yesterday, I tried my hand at making pizza in a cast iron skillet. Why haven’t I done this before? It’s amazing! The cast iron keeps the heat and evenly distributes throughout the pan. I used a medium size skillet so that it’s more of a ‘personal’ sized pizza.
The best word of advice for when cooking pizza in your cast iron skillet, is to make sure you rub a thin layer of olive oil on the bottom first. This will help it brown up without burning super fast on a dry surface. I also use it to help bake spices into the crust!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 tsp yeast
- 1/3 cup warm water
- (or alternatively, store bought pizza crust, which I used in the video below)
TOPPINGS (what I used)
- 1/2 cup smoked cheddar cheese, grated
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp olive oil
- bacon bits
- Parmesan cheese
- garlic flakes
- coriander flakes
So if you’re making the dough from scratch – first dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Stir and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes. Stir again and then poured it into the flour. Mix together with a spoon until the water is mostly dissolved into the flour, then start kneading with your hands. Knead thoroughly, then cover the bowl with a damp towel and let sit for 25 minutes.
Once you’ve proofed (let sit) your dough, take it out and knead again thoroughly on a floured kitchen top. Roll out into a nice circle that’s just a bit bigger than the bottom of the cast iron pan.
Grab a cloth or paper towel and use it to wipe a thin layer of olive oil onto the bottom and sides of your pan. Lightly dust the bottom with some garlic and coriander flakes.
Drop in your dough. It will be too big for the pan but thats good. Roll down the sides to create your ‘crust’.. Lightly rub olive oil over the top of the pizza with a brush. Dust with garlic and coriander flakes.
Then TOP as you like, I used tomato paste, bacon bits, pepperoni, smoked cheddar and parmesan cheese! Super yum!
Then bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. If you want it nice and crispy, broil for 2-5 minutes on low.
There you go!
Enjoy pizza in a cast iron skillet!
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