One of the longest carried, broadest reaching, and most loved kitchen traditions in the world is cast iron.
I've never met anyone who doesn't like homemade pizza!
I know those two sentences seem totally random and disconnected... But they aren't necessarily. That's what I mean by the modern olden days. I know pizza has been around for quite a while, but making pizza at home has never been easier or more fun than today... Especially when you can buy things like cast iron pizza pans!!!
My latest birthday present was a cast iron pizza pan like just like this one.
Since I got married, Friday night homemade pizza has become a tradition. I'll share with you how I make pizza and you too can celebrate things like cast iron pizza pans, Friday night, or whatever the occasion suggests!
I start out with The Pioneer Woman pizza crust recipe. It's the most simple and delicious crust recipe I have come across in all my pizza making years. (I learned to make pizza 10 or 11 years ago.) This recipe has only 5 ingredients!
You can then go on to dress your pizza the way Ree recommends, or you can personalise to your taste. My favorite way to proceed is with a homemade tomato based sauce.
I start with organic tomato paste and add equal parts of water and olive oil until my desired consistency is reached. Then I flavor with salt, oregano, and garlic powder to taste. For a fun flavor kick, add just a dash of balsamic vinegar.
After spreading that on my stretched crust I go on to the toppings. My husband and I are fans of a blend between a meat-lovers and supreme pizza. :) I like to use uncured pepperoni, browned ground beef, black olives, bell pepper, and sometimes diced onion.
Top all that with a generous amount of grated mozzarella and bake at 500 degrees for 13-15 minutes! It's best to let the pizza cool for about 5-7 minutes before slicing.
This cast iron pan turned out the best pizza I've eaten in the past year! Even though I pressed the dough out on the pan rather than stretching it like I usually do, nothing stuck! All I had to do when finished was wipe it with a paper towel and put it away! (I did season the pan once before use.)
If you like to make pizza, let me know your favorite toppings!