I was looking for an easier way to make pizza for my son, as we struggled with using the peel, and getting the dough round shaped. I decided to try using a cast iron skillet to make pizza and it worked great and was so much easier. This, with a side salad, serves 4 people. Total cost is under $10.
- I cup warm water
- 2.5 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 Tblsp sugar
- 3 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 Tbls olive oil
- About 1 Tbls Italian Seasoning (optional)
Make sure water is not too hot (will kill the yeast) but warm. Add yeast and sugar and gently stir. Let stand for 5 minutes. You should see bubbles from the yeast (if not, your yeast is bad or the water temp was not right)
Place the flour, salt, olive oil, seasoning and the yeast mix in a food processor ( you can use a large bowl and hand mix). Using dough hook, combine at low speed for 1 minute. Then medium speed for 3-5 minutes. Gradually add in flour to get a nice ball that is not too sticky. If the dough is dry, add in warm water by the teaspoon.
Remove ball from processor. Place into a well oiled bowl and allow to rise for 1-2 hours. It will double in size so make sure the bowl is large enough. When ready to use, punch it down to remove the larger air pockets and remove from bowl to a floured rolling area. You can also save the dough in the frig for a couple days, or freeze it in sealed bags for a month.
Roughly shape it into a roundish blob about the size of the skillet. Take the cast iron skillet and liberally spread olive oil on the bottom and sides. Place the dough blob into the center and push it out to the edges, keeping it roughly even thickness. There is enough dough to make a large skillet pizza that is very thick. I like to spread the dough between a large skillet and a small skillet to make a medium and a personal pan pizza. If you want a thinner crust, feel free to use less of the dough and use the rest to make bread sticks!
Spread marinara on top. Use a lot, since the dough will be thick. You want more than usual. Add cut veggies over the marinara. Add cheeses. Place in oven set to 450 degrees F. Bake for 20 minutes or so. Check often towards the end, as you just want the edges to brown up.
Note if you are using hard veggies like bell peppers, you can precook them, or wait to add the vegan cheese towards the end of cooking so as to allow the veggies to cook more thoroughly.
Use a spatula to remove the pie and place on a cutting board for slicing.
- Vegan (Miyoko’s!)mozz, parm, or Violife Feta (or mix as you wish)
- Sliced onions
- Bell peppers, sliced
- Mushrooms, sliced
- Sundried tomatoes
- Diced tomatoes, diced cherry tomatoes
- Sliced vegan Italian sausage
- Vegan meat crumbles
- Italian seasoning
- Almost anything else!