I’m making Claire’s Cast Iron Skillet Pizza two ways from the Bon Appetit YouTube channel. This method makes a crisp crust and all-around delicious pizza.
One of the things that I’ve missed the most during our time in Germany is the Food Network and the Cooking Channel. I would always have it on during the day and it kept me company while I was working. Watching people cook relaxes me and I often get really good ideas from cooking shows.
To fill the void, I’ve turned to YouTube. I watch a lot of cooking videos and get my fill watching old episodes of Nigella and Jamie Oliver.
My 13 year-old-daughter actually turned me on to the Bon Appetit YouTube channel. Claire makes a homemade version of things like Cheetos and Skittles and it’s absolutely riveting. She’s a delight and truly one of the reasons why I’ve decided to embrace my gray hair.
There are others that contribute to the channel that I also find endearing. Brad’s accent comforts me when I’m homesick. He’s from New Jersey too and he sounds like all of my cousins. Gaby is hilarious. Priya and her dads appearance via FaceTime every episode. Molly. Carla. Adam. Chris. All great at what they do.
They’ve also inspired me to get in the kitchen and try new things. Everyone – no matter how often you cook – gets in a rut. I feel like I make the same things over and over again every night for dinner. I’ve made quite a few things or tried a new technique after watching a video and have been re-inspired.
In one episode, Claire makes a cast iron skillet pizza. I really like a crisp, thin-crusted pizza, and thought that this would be a good way to get one. I was right, this method is the best I’ve found if you want a really good piece of pizza and don’t have a pizza oven or stone.
I’ve made cast iron skillet pizza quite a few times since I shot these images. Each time, it made super crisp crust and a really delicious pizza.
A cast iron skillet is a tool that I think that every kitchen should have. They are so cheap, an excellent conductor of heat and you will have it forever and ever.
You obviously can top these pizzas any way that you like. I made a vegetarian pizza and a white pizza with caramelized onions, apples, and rosemary.
Tips for making cast iron skillet pizza //
- I like to make my own pizza crust, but you can make this with store-bought pizza dough. I like to buy fresh dough from my favorite pizza shop.
- I have a family of 5, so I make two pizzas at a time. I have two cast iron pans and have an assembly line to get them in the oven.
- I like to use a no-cook tomato sauce for pizza, but on a weeknight, I’ll use whatever jar I have in my cabinet.
- Need more tips? I’ve got lot of tips for making the best pizza.
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