Skillet Pan Pizza

Skillet Pan Pizza

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Skillet Pan Pizza is a recipe I love to bake in my Lodge Cast Iron Skillet. The dough bakes up into this thick, tender crust that is NOT greasy. It’s so soft and wonderful.

I Love My Cast Iron Skillet

Can I just say how much I love to cook with cast iron? Skillet Cornbread, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Fried Chicken, Pizza. Things just always turn out better when you use cast iron! Am I right? I think I am.

My husband loves pan pizza. Whenever we go to Pizza Hut, he wants us to order pan pizza (which often tends to be greasy). I, on the other hand, prefer thin and crispy, so we often settle for the original crust.

However, I tried making pan pizza in my cast iron skillet and loved how it turned out.

 

Ingredients Needed to Make Skillet Pan Pizza

  • all-purpose flour
  • instant yeast
  • granulated sugar
  • salt
  • warm water
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • cornmeal
  • Favorite marinara sauce
  • mozzarella cheese
  • Gouda cheese
  • topping of your choice: sausage, hamburger pepperoni, onions, bell peppers, black olives, mushrooms, etc.

 

A Few Notes about the Ingredients

I made this recipe easy by using a favorite Marinara sauce, but if you want homemade, try my Zesty Pizza Sauce. 

Always use block cheese and shred it yourself. It melts better and it tastes better. Fresh mozzarella is pretty wonderful, too.

Add your favorite toppings to the pizza. We like adding pepperoni, Italian sausage, black olives, mushrooms, bell peppers, and sweet onions. But make it the way you like it.

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Prepare the Pizza Dough:

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, instant yeast, granulated sugar, and salt. Add warm water and 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil. Knead the dough until it forms a nice ball, 3-5 minutes. Place in a greased bowl and cover. Allow to rise for 30-40 minutes until double.

 

Prepare the Toppings:

Prepare toppings and have everything at your fingertips to make your pizza. Grate cheeses. Chop vegetables. Brown sausage or hamburger.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. While preheating, place skillet inside oven with a tablespoon of oil in it. Heat for 7-10 minutes.

If possible, use convection oven setting to bake this pizza. If that is not an option, you may need to bake the pizza for a few extra minutes.

Sprinkle cornmeal on work space and using your fingers, form dough into a flattened circle the size of your pan. Press dough into the cornmeal.

The cornmeal gives the bottom of this pizza a nice crunchy taste and allows for easier transition from the counter to the pan. Form the circle of dough into the size of your skillet. I used a 12″ skillet.

 

Assemble the Pizza:

Remove skillet from oven and begin assembling the pizza. Place dough in bottom of hot skillet, forming along the sides of the pan. Brush remaining olive oil over the dough. 

Work quickly and be careful not to burn your fingers. Use a spoon to help form the dough, if desired. 

Cover bottom of dough with marinara sauce, then layer with meats, vegetables, and cheese as desired.

Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes until the edges are golden and cheese has melted.

Use a convection oven if you have it. If not, you may need to bake the pizza for a few extra minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool 10 minutes before slicing and serving. This recipe will serve 2-4 people, depending on how much they love pizza!

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Skillet Pan Pizza

Skillet Pan Pizza

Here's a recipe I love to bake in my Lodge Cast Iron Skillet. The dough bakes up into this thick, tender crust that is NOT greasy. It’s so soft and wonderful. Delicious!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cast Iron Skillet, Deep Dish Pizza
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Rising Time:: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 12 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

Box Grater
Cutting Board
Knife Set
Cast Iron Skillet

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups warm water
  • 4 tablespoons Extra Virgin olive oil divided
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 cup favorite marinara sauce
  • 8 oz. mozzarella cheese grated
  • 4 oz. Gouda cheese grated
  • toppings of your choice: sausage, hamburger, pepperoni, onions, bell peppers, black olives, mushrooms, etc.

Instructions

Preparing the Pizza Dough:

  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, yeast, granulated sugar, and salt. Add warm water and 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. Knead the dough until it forms a nice ball, 3-5 minutes. Place in a greased bowl and cover. Allow to rise for 30-40 minutes until double.

Prepare the Toppings:

  • Prepare toppings and have everything at your fingertips to make your pizza. Grate cheeses. Chop vegetables. Brown sausage and/or hamburger.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees, using convection setting, if possible. While preheating, place skillet inside oven with a tablespoon of olive oil in it. Heat for 7-10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle cornmeal on work space and using your fingers, form dough into a flattened circle the size of your pan. Press dough into the cornmeal.

Assemble the Pizza:

  • Remove skillet from oven and begin assembling the pizza. Place dough in bottom of hot skillet, forming along the sides of the pan. Be careful not to burn your fingers. Use a spoon to help form the dough, if necessary. Brush remaining oil over dough.
  • Cover bottom of dough with marinara sauce, then layer with meats, vegetables, and cheese as you desire.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes until the edges are golden and cheese has melted. Remove from oven and allow to cool 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Serves 2-4.

Notes

*If possible, use convection oven setting to bake this pizza. If that is not an option, you may need to bake the pizza for a few extra minutes.
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