Iron Skillet Pizza

We love Pizza in our house any way you can make it. I saw this recipe for Iron Skillet Pizza in one of my favorite cookbooks, Mema’s Manna. I purchased this cookbook at Bass Pro Shop of all places. I found myself in the cooking section and could not put this book down. 

There were so many recipes similar to my own that I couldn't pass up buying this cookbook. There are still many more I want to try but this particular recipe caught my eye. It uses a cast iron skillet which I love, there is nothing better than cooking and entire meal in a skillet and pizza to top it off. 

The pizza dough was really easy to make, but I did find that the recipe yields a good amount of dough. This particular recipe makes enough for (2) two large skillet pizzas. My crust ended up being really thick, so the next time I will make two skillets or I will freeze the other half of the dough.

The recipe was a bit vague on how much crust it made. The title is Iron skillet pizza so I assumed one skillet but in the directions it states to divide the dough and add to a well greased skillet.

 I have changed the directions to reflect that it is best to use two crusts or freeze the remaining half of the dough. All in all we loved the pizza and the crust tasted excellent so I will definitely make this pizza again.

These are the ingredients you will need: Sugar, Salt, Pizza Sauce, Flour, 1 Packet Yeast, Shortening, Water, Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, Pizza Toppings of your choice and two large iron skillets.

Dissolve yeast in warm water with salt and sugar. (Do this in a large bowl)

Add 2 cups of flour.. beat well. Add melted Crisco and Yeast mix well.

add another cup of flour

and knead on a well floured surface.

Place the dough in a oiled bowl and let rest for 30 minutes.

Oil your skillet or skillets

and press dough into skillet. I used one smaller skillet and still had to much dough. This dough really rises up. So like I stated above two large skillets I think will work best.

add pizza sauce and

and any pizza toppings of your choice and top with cheese.

Put in hot oven (450 degrees) and bake until brown.

Iron Skillet Pizza

1 - 14 oz jar pizza sauce
8 - 12 0z bag shredded mozzarella cheese
Pizza Toppings of your choice
1 - Recipe Pizza Dough
Large Iron Skillet (My skillet is 11 inches)

Pizza Dough Recipe:

1 1/2 -cups warm water
1 - package dry yeast
1 - tsp salt
3 - cups all purpose flour
3 - tablespoons melted shortening
1 - teaspoon sugar

Dissolve yeast in warm water with salt and sugar. Add 2 cups of flour.. beat well. Add melted Crisco. Mix well add another cup of flour and knead on a well floured surface. 

Place the dough in a oiled bowl and let rest for 30 minutes. Divide dough and place in two well greased iron skillets. 

Add sauce and any pizza toppings of your choice and top with cheese. Put in hot oven (450 degrees) and bake until brown.

Cooks Note: The pizza dough recipe makes enough dough for two skillet pizza's. If you only want to make one, divide the dough equally in half and wrap one half in plastic wrap and then place in a large zip lock bag. Place in the freezer to use at another time. Place remaining half in a well oiled skillet.


Michelle said…
Looks so yummy! We love pizza!
Julie said…
Now I'm drooling! That looks so good :)
Heidi said…
What a fun recipe! I really need that cookbook, it sounds like a good one. I'm kind of a cookbook whore. Brad makes fun of me because we go to Lowes and I have to check out their cookbooks. I really need to break down and get me a cast iron skillet. I grew up listening to my mom talk about how nasty and dirty cast iron skillets are, so I have no experience with them.
Tina Butler said…
Heidi, this cookbook is the best cookbook. Pages and pages of recipes, not like some cookbook where there is just a few recipes I like. I do the same thing at Lowes that is so funny. I have a ton of cookbooks as well. I LOVE my cast iron skillet. as long as you take good care of it they are fine. I dont know what i would do without mine it makes the best cornbread.
Lynette said…
Yum! Looks like I'm going to have to go out and buy a cast iron skillet! You are amazing.
Anonymous said…
What a fabulous idea for pizza, love it! Looks really good, but will note use 2 skillets.
Sherri Murphy said…
I'm at work and salivating....
Anonymous said…
What a great and EASY way to make pizza. I'm definately going to try this one!
Zesty Cook said…
This pizza looks so amazing!! I love it
Live.Love.Eat said…
This looks to die for too. Then I will have some banana pudding for dessert!
Leslie said…
Isnt it funny that even in a place like the Bass Pro shop we seem to find the cooking section!!!lol
To answer your question about the glaze on my apple cookies. Yes it is really easy to use. You just have to get used to the 2 consistancies, you need it thin to do the "flooding glaze" and then thicken it up for the boarder piping. Just takes a tiny bit of practice
Sheryl B said…
Hello fellow mom!
I have been following your newsletter for some time now and you have the cosiest site and the best recipies that are easy to make and great to eat! I love the idea of skillet pizza and will diffently try it:)
Kanga said…
Ok ... you say "if you take care of your cast iron skillet they are fine." Is there special care for one of these? LOL I bought one awhile back and I've only used it a couple of times ... is there something special I should be doing to take care of it?

Pizza looks Delicious! I will definitely be trying this one!
Mia said…
this looks so yummy- do you think you can use butter in place of the shortening?
Anonymous said…
could you use store bought pizza dough? Lou
Sharon said…
I'll have to try this and it sounds so good!
Anonymous said…
I googled "recipes for an iron skillet" and clicked on your blog link. This is definitely an easy recipe to try in my cast iron skillet. It never occurred to me that I could make a pizza in a cast iron but after seeing your step by step pics, I'm going to take the plunge and try it. Thanks <3
Anonymous said…
Awesome. I recommend putting garlic salt on the exposed outer-crust for more flavor.
Anonymous said…
Excellent pizza..I'm making extra dough to keep in the freezer..this makes for a quick and easy meal..and tastes great !