My sweet friends Emily and Nolan told me about this method of cooking up some pizza! Homemade pizza can be so fun but let’s face it – it’s also kinda lack luster. This method helps your turn you regular pizza night into a deep dish adventure of crispy, chewy crust. You can go wild with toppings but for a thick crust pizza- stick to the cast iron.
Cast Iron Deep Dish Pizza
- 1 premade pizza dough (fresh if possible)
- Favorite pizza sauce or pesto
- Fresh cheese (I used mozzarella and parm)
- 3 oz Italian sausage
- 1/2 Jalapeños
- 1/2 Roma tomato
- Heavy cast iron skillet
Crank the oven up high, like 500 high and drizzle the pan with EVOO and toss it in the pan while it preheats.
When ready pull on the pan and plop in about 1/2 of that pizza dough. Begin to poke it down with your fingers to fill the pan. You may have to use more dough but don’t overfill! And be really careful not to burn yourself. I also used a little corn meal on the bottom of the crust for extra crunch.
Place the crust back in the hot oven for 15 minutes. When it’s ready assemble your pizza! Any topping combo will be delicious- i just used leftovers. Toss it back in the oven for another 15 minutes.
When it’s done it will be bubbly, chewy, crisp and as good as any Chicago pie.
Thanks for the idea, Em and Nolan!