Cast Iron Personal Pan Pizza
It probably costs almost as much to make homemade Pizza as it does to buy Pizza. But think of all the fun you miss out on and there is nothing like the taste of homemade pizza. The kids like this because everybody can make their own pizza exactly how they want it. How many times as a kid do you remember picking off the onions, pepperoni, green pepper….well you get my point. Even if you don’t have a supply of Cast Iron Pans, make them on a baking sheet…just give it a try. If you have a set of different size Cast Iron Pans, even better! Everyone can determine what size pizza they want. If you have those few that want the same size, as my husband and I did because I like leftovers, just reuse the same pan. My husband made his Personal Pan Pizza first, then I made mine in the same Cast Iron Pan that he did. There was no need to wash it or even cool it down. That’s why I love Cast Iron Pans, season them correctly and they are virtually non stick! I have tried making pizza on a baking sheet, pizza stone and all different types of pizza pans. However, from the first Cast Iron Pizza I made to the pizza in this blog, they always turn out perfect. My husband used olive oil to grease the Cast Iron Pan for his pizza. When his was done, I put a spoonful of bacon grease in the bottom of the same pan. Both work great but you get a different taste from both and you all know I LOVE BACON!
Start by preheating you oven and your greased pan.
While the oven and pan are preheating prepare your dough and ingredients.
This is the tricky part. My husband and I do this differently. He bakes his pizza dough in a cool Cast Iron Pan until it is about halfway cooked. He likes his this way because he doesn’t like working the dough into the hot pan (he always burns himself). I leave my greased Cast Iron Pan in the oven for about 10 minutes until it is very hot. I remove it from the oven and immediately place my formed dough into the HOT pan. If you heated the pan properly it will sizzle when you drop the dough into the pan. I don’t really see much of a difference in the dough except cooking it halfway first makes the crust a bit crunchier than I like. Either way is delicious. Usually I make my own homemade pizza dough but today I used the canned variety. My homemade dough is so much easier to work with and tastes so much better. When it comes out of the can, it is rectangular and I need a circle. Working the dough to change the shape can be very frustrating as my husband found out…lol Usually I do this part for him but today he decided to try it for himself. Have a hole in the dough, just press a little piece of extra dough over the hole like I did. I don’t worry about how it looks, you won’t see it once you add your ingredients. Try to build up a little edge on the dough as you spread it out.
Use your favorite pizza sauce and spread the amount you want onto the pizza dough leaving about 1/2″ of the edge uncovered.
I like to add most of my cheese next. I do this because it glues all my ingredients together so they don’t fall off when I eat a piece of pizza. I still add cheese on top too, but the majority goes on now. Of course you can make your pizza any way you like!
PEPPERONI- Now the fun part. Start adding your favorite ingredients.
MUSHROOMS- These mushrooms may look a little strange to you. That’s because I used my dehydrated mushrooms on my pizza. They were on sale a while back so I washed them, sliced them and dehydrated them. I soaked them for about 6 hours to rehydrate them, drained and added to my pizza.
BACON- My bacon came right out of my freezer. We cook up bacon 2 pounds at a time. I save the bacon grease for future use, crumble the bacon and put it in a freezer bag and then the freezer. It is so easy this way and I always have bacon bits for adding to any dish.
ONION- My last ingredient is onion. I don’t like raw onions so I either cook larger pieces ahead of time and then place them on my pizza before baking or cut them up really small and add them to my pizza and then bake. Keep in mind you want to do all these steps as quickly as possible so that the Cast Iron Pan doesn’t cool off too much. That’s where preparation comes in handy.
Place your pizza into a 425 degree preheated oven. For this 10″ Cast Iron Pan Pizza, it takes exactly 18 minutes in our oven. So once you figure out the perfect time in your oven, it shouldn’t change. I took me a few times of making pizza to get my set time for a perfect pizza every time.
Now that your pizza is cooked, remove it from the oven and sprinkle more cheese on top. Even with all these ingredients, I was able to pick up a piece of pizza and nothing fell off.
The last step is VERY important. Remove your pizza from the Cast Iron Pan. Cast Iron will retain it’s heat and if you do not remove the pizza from the pan, it will continue to cook and possible burn your pizza crust. We use a rubber spatula to make sure the pizza is completely free from the pan and then slide it onto a large cutting board. Let it sit for a few minutes and cut into serving size pieces.
The pizza on the left is mine and the pizza on the right is my husbands. My husbands pizza has almost a many ingredients on his pizza as mine, however, he placed most of his ingredients under the cheese so you don’t see them.
Cast Iron Personal Pan Pizza
1 can pizza dough or make your own
1 can pizza sauce, about 15 oz
any pizza topping you would like to use like onion, mushroom, green pepper, mushrooms, pepperoni…etc
8-12 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease a cast iron pan with bacon grease, olive oil or your favorite oil. Once oven preheats, place your greased cast iron pan in the oven for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare your pizza dough and toppings. Remove pizza dough from the can and place it on a lightly covered counter with either cornmeal or flour. Roll the dough to the size and shape of the pan you will be using. Chop all of your toppings so they can be spread on the pizza dough quickly. Remove Cast Iron Pan from the oven and carefully place the pizza dough in the HOT pan spreading to the edge with a slight lip on the edge. Be very careful not to burn yourself. Pour pizza sauce on the dough, sprinkle with cheese, add all of your chopped ingredients and put back into the oven. It takes exactly 18 minutes for our 10″ Cast Iron Personal Pan Pizza to cook perfectly. Keep an eye on your pizza until you determine the perfect time in your oven for your size pizza. The crust should turn a golden brown when done. Remove the Cast Iron Pan from the oven and sprinkle on more cheese. Immediately slide a rubber spatula under the entire pizza making sure it is loose. Slide the pizza off onto a large cutting board. Let pizza sit a few minutes before cutting into serving size pieces.