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This quick and easy Cast Iron Skillet Pizza is a great way to switch up your usual Friday night pizza routine! This deep dish pizza has a thick crust that's crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside - it's so tasty that you can keep the toppings simple with just cheese or pepperoni! Use store-bought or homemade pizza dough for a perfect pizza every single time!
You'll Love This
- It's got all the feels of restaurant-style pizza - but you can enjoy it in your pajamas at home! I love grabbing take out pizza from our favorite restaurant, BUT making homemade pizza is just SO. MUCH. BETTER. You don't have to get dressed. You can make the pizza exactly how you like it. And then you can snuggle in on the couch and binge your favorite Netflix show while you enjoy the crispy, chewy deep dish pizza of your dreams. My Quick Pizza Dough works really well for this skillet pizza! Or if you're planning ahead my No Knead Pizza Dough requires little effort but an overnight rise time.
- It's super quick and easy to make! You can use your favorite store-bought crust or my quick and easy Beer Pizza Dough recipe (ready in just over an hour). If you've got the time, I highly recommend throwing together my quick pizza dough - it requires just 5 minutes of kneading and is a really simple recipe. However, store-bought dough will work great in this recipe too and you're local pizza place or grocery store likely sells fresh dough balls.
- The flavors and textures are so great that you really don't need to add much in terms of toppings. Because of the delicious flavor of the thick, buttery crust, our family just likes regular ol' cheese for this cast iron pizza recipe - topped with grated Parmesan and fresh basil. Of course, you can add pepperoni or sausage as well but you really don't need much else!
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Pizza Dough - Store-bought will work just fine but of course I highly recommend checking out my Easy Beer Pizza Dough (NO YEAST!), Quick Pizza Dough, or No Knead Overnight Pizza Dough!
- Olive Oil - This is our family's favorite brand of olive oil. Try to find one that is organic and cold-pressed.
- Pizza Sauce - Go with a traditional tomato based pizza sauce or switch it up with a Homemade Basil Pesto!
- Dried Thyme or Oregano - I love to add a sprinkle of dried thyme or dried oregano to this pizza just to add another layer of flavor.
- Garlic Powder - Again, just adding some additional flavor with the garlic powder in this pizza. Feel free to omit it if you don't have any on hand.
- Mozzarella Cheese - I love a classic block of mozzarella, shredded at home with a grater for this pizza recipe - it's got just the right amount of moisture.
Preheat cast iron pan in the oven. CAREFULLY remove skillet from oven and spread the oil in a thin layer across the pan. Gently place rolled out crust inside of the cast iron skillet.
Spread sauce in an even layer across the crust.
Sprinkle thyme and garlic powder over the sauce.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the edges of the crust are dark golden brown.
Sprinkle with Kosher salt and Parmesan. Slice and enjoy!
- If you prefer to make this deep dish cast iron pizza crust a bit thinner, just use ½ a pound of pizza dough instead of a full pound. This cast-iron skillet pizza recipe makes a very thick, deep-dish crust. You're using an entire pound of pizza dough for a 9 inch round pizza. If you prefer a thinner crust, just use less pizza dough! You will likely have to decrease the cooking time as well since there isn't as much to cook, so keep that in mind!
- If you don't have a cast-iron skillet, no worries! You'll get a very similar result with an 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish. Just follow the recipe directions BUT DON'T PREHEAT THE BAKING DISH. Preheating an empty baking dish can be dangerous and cause it to shatter in the oven or after it's been removed. So, you should seriously consider picking up a cast iron pan in the near future! You can find used ones for pretty cheap at second-hand stores or this is my favorite brand.
- Don't go too crazy with the toppings. Whether you choose just cheese or the addition of sausage or pepperoni - keep it to just 1-2 toppings so that the pizza dough has a chance to cook all the way through. If you pile on the toppings, there's a chance that the dough might not cook all the way through in the middle.
- If you're intent on making a supreme pizza loaded with all the toppings, try par-baking the crust for 5 minutes. Preheat the cast iron skillet, carefully add the pizza crust to it, and before adding the sauce and toppings - pop it in the oven for about 5 minutes. This will give the crust a head start on baking so you can add a few more toppings without fear of ending up with a soggy pizza!
- It's hard to cut the pizza while it's in the cast-iron skillet, luckily the bottom of the pizza is super sturdy after baking so it's easy to use a large spatula, transfer it to a cutting board and slice it using a sharp knife or rocker blade pizza cutter.
Yes! Cast iron is the BEST for pizza. A cast-iron skillet with olive oil is going to give you the very best crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, deep-dish pizza crust. You can't get this kind of crust with any other pan!
The key to cooking pizza in a cast iron pan is to pre-heat in the pan in the oven while the oven preheats. Then you oil the pan with a generous amount of olive oil and carefully transfer your pizza dough to it. This will give you the crispiest deep dish pizza ever.
Olive oil is the key ingredient to keep your fresh pizza dough from sticking to the cast iron skillet. Also, preheating the skillet in the oven means that the pizza dough will begin to cook and crisp as soon as it hits the cast iron. That layer of olive oil will ensure that none of the dough sticks to the skillet!
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