Weekday Hero: Cast Iron Skillet Pizza
Sometimes, you just don’t want to make a big dinner. Sometimes, you just don’t feel like a really dirty kitchen, tons of dishes and loads of prep. I get it, days are long, the kids are busy and many nights, we don’t have it in us. However, before you grab the take out menu, please consider this recipe.
Not only is Cast Iron Skillet Pizza easy, it tastes so good! Now, on this blog you have already heard me wax poetic about my love for the cast iron skillet. I have two, I use them every day and you can cook anything in them, even a pizza.
A cast iron skillet retains heat incredibly well so it is actually an ideal landing pad for your pizza dough. The crust gets a golden brown, almost fried constancy that gives a big CRUNCH when you bite down. And at the end of the day, with pizza, it’s all about a good crust.
The whole process won’t take you more then a half hour and I’m letting you off the hook with the dough. Go to the dairy section of your grocery store, grab the pre -shredded mozzarella and a dough the store makes in the morning and bags up. Of course, you can make your own dough, it’s easy and rises in an hour but this week’s recipe is all about an easy night.
And, at the end of the day, you still get a pat on the back because its home cooked and the kids will be begging for more.
Cast Iron Skillet Pizza
1 store bought pizza dough, remove from bag and allow to rise on counter
1 tablespoon olive oil + 1 tablespoon butter, melted
½ cup Brodo Di Mamma or your favorite marinara sauce
8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese or fresh mozzarella or grated parmigiano
½ cup toppings of your choice (optional)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Oil and butter the skillet and place the dough in it. Press the dough to flatten it out to the edges.
Turn the heat on medium and ‘cook’ the bottom of the dough until a thin crust begins to form, about 5 minutes.
Flip the dough so that the bottom is now the top. Turn off the heat and spread the tomato sauce. Sprinkle with cheese and toppings, if adding.
Place on the bottom rack on the oven for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, open the oven and carefully move the skillet to the top rack. Cook for an additional ten minutes.