• Posted by Califia Suntree on January 17th, 2011, 2:51 PM

    The cast iron skillet is, hands down, my favorite piece of cookware. I use a skillet pretty much everyday—for eggs, stir-frys, reheating leftovers, pancakes…Thanks to the January ’11 issue of Sunset magazine, I have yet another skillet dish to add to the rotation (see also 2010 discoveries, skillet chicken pot pie and skillet almond cake).


    It’s a one-pot dinner that comes together incredibly quickly if you have defrosted pizza dough on hand. I buy the dough for $1 from Trader Joe’s, but basically every supermarket carries some form of it in the refrigerated section. (Or you could make the dough and freeze it. But for $1, I’m probably not botherin’.)

    The Sunset recipe had a topping of broccoli rabe, yellow bell peppers and mozzarella; my pizza had Italian sausage, parsley and goat cheese. Your pizza can have whatever you want. Here’s how it’s done:

    A 10″ skillet pizza will serve 2 (or 1, if you are like me).

    Olive oil

    1 lb. fresh pizza dough

    About 2 cups chopped veggies and/or meats (Use up leftovers or little dribs and drabs in your crisper!)

    About 1 cup cheese

    1. Heat the oven to 400F. Heat a 10″ cast-iron skillet over medium high heat, and brush it with 1 tablespoon oil.

    2. While the pan heats, press or roll your pizza dough on a floured board into a 13- to 14-inch round. Slap it into the hot skillet and cook for about 5 minutes, until golden. Slide it onto a plate.

    3. Saute your toppings in oil. (Raw sausage, chicken and the like will need to be cooked, as will most vegetables except tomatoes. Cured or already cooked meats don’t need to be pre-cooked.)

    4. Transfer toppings to a plate. Put the dough back into the skillet, cooked side up. Sprinkle your cheese and toppings onto the dough.

    5. Bake your pizza until crisp and bubbly, about 15 minutes.


  1. January 17th, 2011 at 3:18 pm
    Carolyn Allport

    Wow! I’m going to try this– sounds too good to be true, but Sunset wouldn’t lie…or you!

  2. January 17th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    That’s what I thought too–but it *really* works.

  3. January 17th, 2011 at 7:24 pm
    Peggy Watson

    Hey, I think I can do this 🙂

  4. January 18th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Si se puede!

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