Cast Iron Skillet Pizza

Source: Macheesmo, Nick

Growing up my Mum used nothing but cast iron pans, but never like this! Not long ago my parents picked me up a great cast iron pan at a garage sale for like $3! Amazing! My dad cleaned it up and seasoned it for me and now its like new. Cast iron pans are so great because there is truly no way to ruin them, as rusty as you let it get you can always give it a good scrubbing and re-season it and it’s like a brand new non-stick pan!
Anyways, I stumbled across this recipe for Cast Iron Skillet Pizza and had to give it a try. It turned out great! I will definitely be making this again, soon.

2 1/2 cups Bread Flour
1 scant tbsp Sugar
2 tsp Kosher Salt
3/4 tsp Active Dry Yeast
1 1/2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 scant cup Warm Water

Toppings of your choice

1. Mix together water, sugar, salt, and yeast in a bowl. Let it sit for a few minutes until yeast is dissolved and foaming a bit.
2. Add in your flour and stir it together.
3. Use a hand dipped in water to work the dough into a ball. As you work the dough, you might notice that it’s too wet or too dry. If it is too dry add a few extra tablespoons of water. The dough should be pretty moist and flexible. If it seems firm let it rest for five minutes, then continue to work it. After about 8 minutes of kneading it, you should have a very soft ball of dough.
4. Coat the dough well in olive oil and place it in a plastic bag. If you’re using the dough the same day, let it rise for an hour at room temperature, then take it out and de-gas it. Reshape it and store in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Take it out of the fridge at least an hour before you need it.
5. Roll the dough into a large circle and place it in the center of your skillet. You don’t need to oil the skillet. The dough shouldn’t stick to it at all assuming you have a well-seasoned skillet.
6. Once the dough is in your skillet, use a knife to cut off any extra dough, leaving about an inch of dough up the side of the skillet. Then use your fingers to kind of just fold the dough over itself, forming a crust.
7. Top with your favourite sauce and toppings.
8. Cook the pizza over high heat on stove element for about 3 minutes. You won’t notice any change in the pizza, but the pan should be really hot.
9. Move it to a 450°F oven and continue to cook it until the crust is browned and the cheese melted. This took my pizza about 18 minutes.


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