Cast Iron Pan Pizza

Do you love pizza?…I know, who doesn’t?

Cast Iron Pan Pizza

If by a small chance there is a person out there in this huge world who does not like pizza, they are no friend of mine.

I mean, how could you not?  It contains all the important food groups; yummy, tasty, gooey, finger licking, lip smacking, and most importantly, just plain delicious!

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Lately, I am kinda obsessed with making pizza in a cast iron pan. I know, crazy, right?  I tried this out one day when I forgot to heat the pizza stone.  Handsome was coming home any minute {I know, I have this weird fixation of making sure I have dinner on the table when Handsome walks in the house. It’s my thing not his.}, the kids were hungry, and I wasn’t going to wait 30 minutes!  I heated the cast iron pan on the stove {took about 1 minute}, added about a tablespoon of olive oil, and plopped in my pizza dough and I was off and running making a heavenly pizza that would change my life.

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I have not used the pizza stone since.  The pizza stone must be lonely just sitting in my top oven all by it’s lonesome.  But, each time I have made pizza {like, every weekend} I have used the cast iron pan.  It just comes out so darn good!

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Here are a few things I learned about making a cast iron pan pizza.

1. It could not be easier.  You can use homemade dough, recipe here or you can use a store bought dough {Trader Joe’s has a good one}.  Homemade marinara, recipe here or a store bought marinara sauce.

2. The crusts comes out just like a pizza that was cooked in a pizza oven.

3. It gives you a wonderful thick crust!  Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

4. You will never want the delivery guy to drop off a cardboard box of cold, cheese stuck to the cardboard pizza again.

5. And the obvious, 1 pizza is just never enough!

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Cast Iron Pan Pizza
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Ingredients
  • Olive oil, 2 tablespoons, for the bottom of the cast iron pan
  • Olive oil, to brush the edge of the pizza
  • Homemade Pizza Dough or Store bought dough
  • Homemade marinara sauce or store bought marinara
  • Goat cheese or whatever cheese you like
  • Pepperoni
  • 3 or 4 leaves of brush basil, chopped
Directions
  1. Roll the dough out to the approximate size of your cast iron pan.
  2. Heat a cast iron pan on the stove over high heat.
  3. Place the rack in your oven just below the broiler and turn the broiler on to high.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the cast iron pan, once the pan is hot.
  5. Reduce heat to a medium high.
  6. Drop your dough into the hot pan and brush olive oil around the edges of your pizza.
  7. Add the sauce to within an ½ inch of the edge of the dough.
  8. Add cheese and pepperoni.
  9. Turn the burner off.
  10. Make sure the bottom of the pizza is golden brown.
  11. With a pot holder place the cast iron pan under the broiler. Watch it carefully as it could burn the pizza very quickly.
  12. Once it is done to your liking, remove and place on the stove to let cool for about 5 minutes.
  13. Top with the fresh basil.
  14. Remove the pizza to a cutting board and cut in to pieces.

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Enjoy!

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