Cast Iron Pan Pizza
Seriously, when I was baking this cast iron pan pizza, my house smelled like a high end pizzeria, but better. So good. This is probably thee. best. thing you could make for your game day party. Everybody loves pizza, right?
I make homemade pizza all the time, but this pizza is different. There’s something about baking it in cast iron and the super high heat of the oven that turns an ordinary homemade pizza into a sheer culinary delight. The cast iron creates an amazing flavor in the crust that can be accomplished in no other way.
It takes no time at all to make too. In the time it would take to order and have a pizza delivered, you can have this homemade pan of awesomeness on your table. Want more to love about this pizza? You could have your game day guests customize their own pizza so everybody is a happy clam.
I’m totally sold on cooking with cast iron. Want more information? Have a look over here at Brian’s post on the care and cleaning of cast iron. Or check out this to-die-for recipe for Rosemary Skillet Chicken. And be sure to check out our selection of Lodge Cast Iron products.
Happy Game Day!
- 1-1 1/2 cups flour (whole wheat, all-purpose, or a combination)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons SAF Instant yeast
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Pizza Sauce
- Mozzarella cheese, grated
- Fresh basil leaves
- Any of your favorite toppings
- Combine all the ingredients for the crust in the bowl of your stand mixer. With the dough hook attachment, mix the dough together until it forms a ball. Continue to knead for 6-8 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 550 F.
- Heat cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
- Stretch pizza dough to form a round large enough for your cast iron skillet.*
- Sprinkle cornmeal onto your heated skillet, then fit your dough in. Be careful not to burn your fingers.
- Brush the top of the dough with olive oil and let it begin to cook over the burner.
- When the dough starts to bubble, spread pizza sauce over it.
- Sprinkle 2-3 cups of mozzarella cheese over the top, then add any other toppings you'd like. (Keep in mind that basil leaves will burn in the high heat of the oven, so they should be put on after the baking is complete.)
- Slide the pizza into the oven (Again, watch your fingers. That pan is hot.) and let it bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. Top with basil leaves and serve.
- *You can use any size skillet. Just keep in mind that the larger the skillet, the thinner your crust will be.