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Skillet Pizza Recipe: Easy Steps for a Homemade Delight

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Skillet Pizza

If you’re craving a homemade pizza with a crispy crust, look no further than a cast iron skillet pizza. This method creates a delicious balance of crispy edges and a chewy center, all made in the comfort of your kitchen.

You can use homemade dough or save some time with store-bought dough, and then customize your toppings just the way you like them. From classic pepperoni and cheese to gourmet choices like sausage and green peppers, the options are endless.

Heating your skillet properly and using a bit of olive oil creates that perfect crust. Your taste buds will thank you with every bite!

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

Dough

  • Flour: Use all-purpose flour. For a healthier option, try whole wheat flour.
  • Yeast: Instant yeast works well. You can also use active dry yeast, but it needs to be dissolved in water first.
  • Water: Warm water helps activate the yeast.
  • Salt: Use table salt or sea salt for flavor.
  • Olive Oil: Adds moisture and flavor to the dough. Vegetable oil works too.

Sauce

  • Tomatoes: Use crushed or diced tomatoes. Canned or fresh both work.
  • Olive Oil: Adds a rich flavor to the sauce.
  • Spices: Common choices include oregano, basil, garlic powder, and salt. You can substitute with Italian seasoning.

Cheese

  • Mozzarella: Shredded mozzarella is traditional. For variety, try using a mix of mozzarella and provolone.
  • Parmesan: Sprinkle some grated Parmesan for extra flavor.

Toppings

  • Pepperoni: A classic choice. For a healthier option, use turkey pepperoni.
  • Mushrooms: Fresh mushrooms are best, but canned ones can be used in a pinch.
  • Bell Peppers: Adds sweetness and crunch. Use any color you like.
  • Onions: Thinly sliced red or yellow onions add flavor.
  • Olives: Black or green olives work well.

Seasoning

  • Red Pepper Flakes: For a bit of heat.
  • Fresh Herbs: Basil, parsley, or cilantro can enhance the flavor.

Optional Extras

  • Pancetta or Bacon: Adds a smoky flavor. Use cooked crumbled bacon as a substitute.
  • Spinach: Fresh spinach can be added for a healthy touch.

These ingredients and substitutes give you flexibility and allow you to customize your skillet pizza to your taste preferences. Enjoy making your perfect pizza!

Instructions


  1. Preheat the Skillet
    Place your cast iron skillet on the stovetop over medium heat for 5 minutes.



  2. Prepare the Skillet
    Once hot, add olive oil to coat the bottom. Sprinkle a bit of cornmeal to prevent sticking.



  3. Shape the Dough
    Stretch your pizza dough to match the size of your skillet.


  4. Assemble the Pizza

    • For Toppings
      • Brush the dough with olive oil.
      • Add your sauce, cheese, and desired toppings.

  5. Cooking on Stovetop
    Let the dough cook for 2-3 minutes on the stovetop to start the crust.



  6. Preheat the Oven
    Preheat your oven to 500°F.



  7. Bake the Pizza
    Transfer the skillet to the oven. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly.



  8. Rest the Pizza
    Remove the skillet from the oven and let the pizza rest for 5-10 minutes.



  9. Serve
    Slice and enjoy your skillet pizza right from the pan.


Tips, Tricks & Storing

Choose the Right Skillet
A cast iron skillet is perfect for making pizza because it heats evenly. Make sure your skillet is well-seasoned to prevent sticking.

Preheat the Skillet
Preheating the skillet before adding the dough helps create a crispy crust. Place the skillet in the oven for about 20 minutes at 500°F.

Use Cornmeal or Flour
Sprinkle the skillet with cornmeal or flour to keep the dough from sticking and to add texture to the crust.

Don’t Overload
Be careful not to overload your pizza with too many toppings. Too many can make the crust soggy. Stick to a few key ingredients for the best results.

Cooking Time
If baking, keep an eye on the pizza around 12-15 minutes at 450°F. For stovetop pizzas, cook the dough for 2-3 minutes per side. Adjust times based on your skillet and stove.

Cool Before Slicing
Let the pizza cool for a couple of minutes before slicing. This helps the cheese set and makes slicing easier.

Storing Leftovers
Wrap leftover slices in aluminum foil or store in an airtight container. Keep in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Reheating Tips
Reheat your pizza in a skillet over medium heat or in an oven at 375°F for about 5-10 minutes to keep it crispy. Avoid using the microwave, as it can make the crust soggy.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

There are many ways to make cast iron skillet pizza your own. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Recipe Variations

  • Classic Pepperoni: Layer your dough with marinara sauce, shredded mozzarella, and pepperoni slices. Sprinkle parmesan on top before baking.
  • Veggie Lovers: Top with sliced bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, and olives. Use mozzarella or try a mix of cheeses.
  • BBQ Chicken: Spread BBQ sauce instead of marinara, then add cooked chicken, red onions, and cheese. Finish with fresh cilantro after baking.
  • Margherita: Use fresh tomato slices, mozzarella, and basil leaves. Drizzle with olive oil before baking.

Serving Suggestions

  • Fresh Salad: Serve your pizza with a simple green salad dressed in olive oil and lemon juice. This adds a light, fresh side.
  • Garlic Bread: Pair with homemade garlic bread for a comforting meal.
  • Dipping Sauces: Offer a variety of dipping sauces like ranch, garlic aioli, or marinara.

Feel free to mix and match these ideas to create a pizza that suits your taste!

Benjamin Happy Muncher

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