I think I have complained before about my oven It’s a gas oven and I’m lucky if it will get to 250*. When I get the gas filled it may get to 300* but it doesn’t last very long.
I love to bake – so this is very frustrating for me. (I have a call in to finally get it fixed!) To make matters worse I had an electric convection oven that I would bake most things in (that I could fit) and it died the other day. So I have not been able to bake much.
We love pizza and the other day I had made English Muffins using my cast iron skillet. I was surprised how great they tasted and that they cooked all the way inside. So I thought – why no try to make a pizza in the cast iron skillet?
I was very happy with the way it turned out. It had the flavor of a brick oven pizza. The only thing I would have liked is if I could have put it under a broiler to brown the cheese. It was hot and melted – so it still tasted great!
First you need to make or buy some dough. Here is my favorite bread machine pizza dough recipe. You just throw all the ingredients in your bread machine and it’s done. Super cheap and very good! (I may substitute 1 teaspoon of garlic salt for the salt next time.)
Once it is done you should be able to separate it into 4 or 5 small balls. Flour the work area and roll them out to about the size of your cast iron skillet.
Put them on a cookie sheet with cornmeal (or flour like I did because I didn’t have cornmeal) and let them rise in a warm spot for about 25 minutes.
Pre-heat your cast iron skillet. Add your pizza dough. Cook for about 4 minutes and then flip.
Add your sauce, cheese, and toppings and let it cook for another 4-5 minutes. I put a lid on it to help melt the cheese – but I left the lid propped up on the side to make sure the condensation didn’t drip on the pizza. If you have a broiler – you can put it under the broiler until the cheese is melted. I like it to be a little brown.
So that is it! It’s super easy and tastes awesome. The cast iron gives it a great taste that you don’t get from cooking it in your oven.
Make sure to check out my 30 Crock Pot Freezer Meals – this will save you a ton of time and money in the kitchen!