Then one day I had a revelation. I don't have a stone, but cast iron pans are very good at maintaining heat. What if I heated a cast iron pan and laid a well rolled, thin layer of pizza dough at the bottom and baked it in the pan? Could that be done?
The Internet has proven to me many times that my supposedly brilliant ideas have been done a hundred times over by other cooks. On the bright side, it did teach me some methods.
How To Make Pizza In a Cast Iron Pan
Make 1 recipe of pizza dough (or buy it if you don't have time). I used this recipe. All you need to do is Google pizza dough recipes and you're good to go.
Heat your pan in the oven for 30 minutes at 450 degrees.
Divide dough in half (this was to make 2 pizzas for a standard-sized pan). Roll out dough to fit the pan. Make sure it's not too thin in the middle. That was my mistake with the first pizza I made.
Remove pan from the oven. Add 2 Tbl olive oil to the pan. Carefully place your dough in the pan. You may need to pat it a bit to get it to cover the pan.
Add your sauce and toppings.
Reduce heat to 375. Bake pizza about 25 minutes or until crust is browned and cheese is bubbly.
This one wasn't very pretty, but the second one I made was much more attractive. I rolled out the dough more evenly.
Also, I don't think I need to remind anyone that making your own sauce is ALWAYS the way to go and it's not difficult.
- 2 cups tomato puree`
- 1 pinch fresh oregano
- 2 cloves garlic, lightly crushed
- 5-6 basil leaves, cut in chiffonade