Cast Iron Personal Pan Pizza
It probably costs as much to make homemade Pizza as it does to buy Pizza. But think of all the fun you’ll have making your own 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 the picture.
Even if you don’t have a supply of Cast Iron Pans, make your own pizza on any pizza pan, just give it a try. However, if you have a set of different size Cast Iron Pans, even better! Everyone can determine what size pizza they want by the pan size. You can reuse the hot 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!
Start by preheating your oven to
425 degrees. Grease your pan with oil.
I use bacon grease but olive oil is good too.
Once the oven is preheated put the
pan in for about 10 minutes.
While the oven and pan are preheating,
prepare your dough and ingredients.
Shape your dough to the size you want
before you put it in the hot pan. The
amount of dough you use depends on
how thick you like your crust.
Make an edge all around the dough.
Remove the pan from the oven after about
10 minutes. Immediately place the formed
dough into the HOT pan. If you heated the
pan properly it will sizzle when you drop
the dough into the pan. Don’t worry about
how it looks, you won’t see it once
you add your ingredients.
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 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, 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 its 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, use only the amount you need for your pan.
- 1 can pizza sauce, about 15 oz
- Any pizza topping you would like to use like onion, cooked sausage, green pepper, mushrooms, pepperoni…etc
- 8-12 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
- Bacon grease or olive oil to grease the pan.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Grease a cast iron pan with bacon grease, olive oil or your favorite oil.
- Once the oven preheats, place your greased cast iron pan in the oven for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare your pizza dough and toppings.
- Remove the pizza dough from the can and place it on a lightly covered counter with either cornmeal or flour. Only use what you need for your size pan. Roll the dough to the size and shape of the pan you will be using. Make about a 1/2” edge.
- 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 into 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 out of the pan onto a large cutting board. Let the pizza sit a few minutes before cutting into serving size pieces.