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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Cast Iron Skillet Pizza

I've got a great one for you today...my Cast Iron Skillet Pizza!
The crust is incredible and you can top it with most anything.

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I took a poll over on my Instagram page earlier in the week asking if you'd like to see this Cast Iron Skillet Pizza or another recipe.  The tallies were close, but this pizza squeaked by as the winner {don't worry that other recipe is coming next}.

I mean, who doesn't love pizza?

Well, I'm sure there are some people who do not share my love of the pizza pie, but I've never been known to please everyone.

In fact, the husband is "kinda" one of those people.  He'll happily eat it as much as I feed it to him, but if given the choice he'd most likely choose something else.

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So when I reheated this pizza {ahem, the leftovers} later in the night after I had made it for lunch and he proclaimed, "that pizza is really good, I love the crust", I just knew this was a hit.

He's a hard man to please at times.

I mean, it wasn't even fresh!

But he's right, it's really, really good.  The seasoned cast iron skillet makes this crust really like no other.  I've made approximately 439 pizza crusts in my lifetime, many of them I love, but this one is just unique.  That bit of sugar makes it just slightly sweet and the oil creates a super crunchy bottom.

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And you know, after these past couple of weeks I didn't feel one ounce of guilt for making this pizza for lunch on a random Wednesday.

How are you doing?  Do you need delicious pizza for lunch too?

My days are now filled with CHILDREN.  Loud children. Granted, my children, but when you've been used to them being in school most of the day, well let's just say it's been an adjustment.  I love them to death.  

And well, they might take me to my death.

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I've been trying to stick to a schedule {as we all seem to do better with a sense of accomplishment}, but there are days when it all goes to heck and just doesn't work.  Some days are better.  Most days are just in the middle.

Gone are the days of me quietly drinking my coffee in peace after they've gone to school.  Gone are the days of me keeping this house in tip top shape with no one underfoot.  Gone are the days of me having ample time to focus on this blog.  Often now, I'm scrambling to get an hour or two of work in a day.

Saying this, I'm thankful.

For this pizza {duh, of course}, for the flour to make it {some people can't find flour!}, for my still healthy family {many are not as fortunate} and a home over my head.

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Oh the messages I've received regarding recipes lately.  With so many home - everyone is cooking and baking!  Which I love of course, but I know can prove a big challenge to many.  For lack of ingredients, a limited budget or just a general dislike of being in the kitchen.

I get it, even some days I don't want to step foot in the place.  Anyone else feeling like a short order cook these days?

But, again let's come back to this PIZZA.  It's a bright shining star in today's world.  Maybe you're having a crappy day.  I get it!  I've had a few this week already.  But, a good meal helps.

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Give this pizza a whirl.

Drag out that old cast iron skillet you haven't been using and dig in.  I've found the more I use mine, the more I want to use it!

Let me know what you think or share photos of yours.  Top with whatever toppings tip your fancy.  Happy eating.

Cast Iron Skillet Pizza

Cast Iron Skillet Pizza
Yield: 8
Prep time: 70 MCook time: 20 MTotal time: 90 M
Making pizza in your cast iron skillet is fun and easy! Did I mention delicious? It creates a thick, sweet, crunchy crust that can be topped with most anything.


Crust Ingredients
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 t yeast
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 1 T sugar
  • 2 T oil
  • 2 T butter, softened
  • 3 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup pizza or marinara sauce
  • 15 slices of pepperoni
  • 1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese


How to cook Cast Iron Skillet Pizza

  1. In a large bowl pour in the warm water and yeast, stir to combine.
  2. Whisk in the butter, salt, sugar and oil. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Mix in 2 cups of flour and gently stir to combine.
  4. Add in the remaining 1 1/4 cups flour.  Remove the dough from the bowl and knead with your hands until you have a smooth ball (3-4 minutes).
  5. Spray the bowl with cooking spray, place the dough back in the bowl and cover with a lid or plastic wrap.  Let the dough rise for 60 minutes (I often let mine go longer, up to 2-3 hours if I'm not ready to use it yet).
  6. Generously oil your cast iron skillet and place in the oven.  Preheat to 450 degrees.
  7. Sprinkle flour on a clean surface, remove half of the dough and press it into a circle shape, working with your hands until it's as large as the cast iron skillet.  Wrap up the other half of the dough or place back in the covered bowl and refrigerate for later use (it will stay good in the fridge for a few days or you can freeze).
  8. Remove the hot cast iron skillet from the oven and place the circled dough into the skillet.  Top with sauce, cheese and toppings.
  9. Bake the pizza for 20 minutes.  Allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing.


If you freeze half of the dough it will stay fresh for up to 3 months. Prior to using, unthaw, then place in a greased covered bowl and allow to rise for at least one hour. Then roll out, press and bake as usual.
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  1. Forgive me if I missed it. What size cast iron skillet did you use?