It’s Friday, so it’s time to party. And it’s not a party without pizza (at least that’s what I say). Since I like all pizza I’m always down to try a new version, and if I’m cooking I always prefer an easy route.
The brilliant folks at Bon Appétit introduced us to a new route to the perfect homemade pizza, by way of a cast iron skillet.
This is the perfect pizza to also load up with veggies which I like to do to make myself feel better about my pizza binge. Try this out tonight and it’s sure to be a party!
- Pizza dough (homemade or bought from a local store pizza restaurant like Pinky G’s Pizzaria)
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Toppings of your choice (suggestions include fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, asparagus, broccoli, Boursin cheese, pine nuts, sausage, etc.)
- Let your pizza dough proof unrefrigerated for at least an hour before you are ready to cook it. Preheat the oven as high as it will go (mine goes to 550 F and that works fine but up to 700 F is great too) Heat a cast-iron skillet on the stove over medium high. Toss or hand form the dough into a round shape as large as the skillet, being careful not to tear any holes in the dough as it stretches. Over the bottom of the dough with a generous layer of cornmeal and place it in the pan. Let it heat, un-topped until bubbles are forming on the top of the dough (approximately 2-3 minutes).
- Sprinkle dough with a small amount of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Add your toppings, being careful not to overcrowd the top (pizza that has too many toppings will get soggy). If the bottom starts to burn, turn the stove off.
- Once topped with the toppings of your choice, place the skillet in the oven and cook until all the toppings are melted, slightly brown and it appears done (about 5 minutes depending on the toppings and the thickness of the dough).
- Remove and let rest on a cutting board for about 5 minutes before you cut into it.
- Voilà! It's a pizza party!