Cast Iron Pizza Recipe with Garden-Fresh Ingredients

I have been making homemade pizzas since I was a child, so I consider myself to be a bit of a pizza-making expert (check out my basil, pepperoni & mushroom pizza recipe). I usually make pizzas in a standard pizza pan, but I also like using a deep dish pan (I am from the Chicago area, after all). That all changed once I thought of making pizza in a cast iron skillet a few weeks ago. It’s been cast iron pizzas ever since then & I’m not sure if I will ever return to my old pizza pans. The cast iron method makes the perfect soft on the inside & crispy on the outside pizza crust. Add my fresh from the garden homegrown/homemade pizza sauce, plus homemade crust with homegrown herbs & I feel like I hit the summer pizza jackpot. Keep on reading to see how I make cast iron pizza.

cast iron pizza recipe picture
So much delicious.

Ingredients

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place cast iron pan in the oven to heat up.
  2. Remove hot cast iron pan from the oven & evenly coat with olive oil.
  3. Stretch out pizza dough & place in the cast iron pan. Carefully spread the dough until fits the pan.
  4. Mix together melted butter & garlic powder. Spread the mixture on the edges of the pizza to make a garlic butter crust.
  5. Spread pizza sauce on the dough. 
  6. Place fresh mozzarella on top of the pizza sauce. Top with pepperoni & mushrooms.
  7. Bake for 16 minutes, turning the pizza halfway through. Pizza is done when the crust is golden brown & the cheese is melted & slightly toasted.
  8. Enjoy!
oregano pizza dough picture
Today’s pizza foundation includes homegrown oregano.
garlic butter pizza dough picture
A garlic butter crust because everything tastes better with garlic butter.

Tips

  • I left out measurements for most of this recipe because pizza is so customizable. I like a lot of cheese & toppings while others take a more minimalist approach. More is more when pizza is concerned for me, but your taste may vary. Use as much or as little as you like.
  • Let the pizza dough rest for a few minutes if it keeps pulling back to its original size while you’re shaping it & continue to stretch the dough once it is more workable.
  • Be very careful when working with a hot cast iron pan, especially when stretching the dough. It might be easier to use a wooden spoon, instead of your hands for this step.
  • I like making my pizza in layers, with cheese & topping layers alternating. A lasagna pizza strategy, if you will.
pizza with homemade and homegrown sauce picture
That sauce is homemade & homegrown!
fresh mozzarella pizza picture
Yay for fresh mozzarella!

I mentioned in my herb pizza dough recipe how we have been on a fresh mozzarella kick for a few months now & we’re still on that flavor train. The only downside of using fresh mozzarella in pizzas is that the crust tends to get soggy. Not so with a cast iron skillet, which may be the main reason why our cast iron has become such a pizza-making fixture lately. The cast iron skillet still makes the crust crispy & soft even with fresh mozzarella. As far as I’m concerned, fresh mozzarella pizzas & cast iron skillets are a match made in heaven. I may venture back to my old pizza pans every now & then if I’m using regular mozzarella, but it’s cast iron from here on out if fresh mozzarella is the cheese of the day.

pepperoni & mushroom pizza topping picture
Yup, I put on a lot of toppings.
pepperoni and mushroom pizza picture
A pizza so good that you post it twice.

I am slowly but surely using more & more homegrown & homemade ingredients in my pizza. It started with using homemade sauce from my homegrown tomatoes, garlic & herbs. Then I moved on to homemade dough made with homegrown herbs. It’s definitely a lot more work than using store-bought tomato sauce & pizza crust, but believe me, it is worth it. The flavor is just incomparable & it’s a great way to treat yourself with the bounties of your garden. Give it a try if you already have your own homegrown tomatoes, garlic & herbs. Give it a try if you don’t. Tomatoes, garlic & herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow & growing your own is a decision that you will never regret. Plus, think of all the pizzas you could make!

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